State Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) formally announced yesterday, Feb. 25, that he will seek re-election representing the residents of the 24th Senate District, which includes portions of Montgomery, Bucks, and Berks Counties. Mensch pledged that he will continue to be a voice of fiscal responsibility, an advocate for business growth and job creation, and supporter of limited but effective government.
Mensch currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee for Aging and Youth, as well as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. He has used these leadership positions to champion and successfully pass a range of legislative initiatives in the course of the past year, including legislation to strengthen child protection laws and the reporting of suspected child abuse; to improve the early detection of breast cancer; and to assess specialty tier prescription drug pricing and the impact on patients.
Bob has also worked to protect the Pennsylvania Lottery, which funds programs benefitting seniors, and has worked to expand income eligibility requirements for PACE and PACENET, programs that help seniors receive low-cost medications. Other major legislative initiatives spearheaded by Mensch include an effort to address the affordability and cost of community colleges in Pennsylvania and address barriers to job creation in the state.
It is an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of serving as the voice and advocate for local residents in the Pennsylvania Senate, said Mensch. It can be challenging and frustrating at times, but it also invigorating to be able to look back at my accomplishments in the past year and know that I am having a positive impact on a range of issues. The wheels of government can move frustratingly slow at times, but I am proud of my success this year in working with Senate leadership to obtain passage of my legislative initiatives and amendments.
About the 24th Senate District
Following the 2010 U.S. Census and subsequent redistricting of the state legislative districts, the geography of the 24th Senate District has changed significantly. The district now includes a significant portion of eastern Berks County, including the Townships of Colebrook, District, Earl, Hereford, Longswamp, Pike, Rockland, and Washington, as well as the Boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, and Boyertown. In Montgomery County, the district has expanded into the Townships of Douglass, Perkiomen, Skippack, Upper Pottstown, West Pottstown and the Boroughs of Pottstown, Schwensksville, and Trappe. New communities included in the 24th District in Bucks County include Bridgeton and Tinicum Townships. Conversely, the district no longer includes any communities in Lehigh or Northampton Counties.