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GUEST VIEW New session underway in Pa. House

On Jan. 3, I had the privilege of taking the oath of office along with my 199 colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

The event marked the formal start of the 2023-24 legislative session.

Now in my seventh term, I have the honor of serving residents of the 187th Legislative District in Lehigh County, which was redrawn during last year’s redistricting process.

Previously, before the recent round of redistricting, I represented the 134th Legislative District, which included parts of Berks and Lehigh counties. I am humbled, district residents have chosen me to represent them in Harrisburg and am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

The 187th Legislative District includes the townships of Heidelberg, Lower Macungie, Lynn, Upper Macungie (Districts 3, 7 and 8), Washington, and Weisenberg; and the boroughs of Alburtis and Macungie in Lehigh County.

During this legislative session I intend to remain focused on creating jobs, protecting taxpayers, strengthening education, and reforming government.

Some of the best ideas for legislation come from the people we represent, who may have a local issue or concern that also has statewide impact.

I am always willing to listen to those proposals and encourage residents to call or email me at RMackenzie@pahousegop.com to discuss them.

Our telephone numbers are 610-965-9933 or 833-933-3675 (toll-free).

This two-year legislative session is going to be more challenging than those of the recent past as we work within the framework of an evenly divided House chamber.

However, I believe we are up to the task and will do our best to advance policies that improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians.


State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie represents the 187th Legislative District.