The chambers of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives
HARRISBURG PA – Three western Montgomery County state representatives – two veterans, Marcy Toepel and Tim Hennessey; and one newcomer, Joe Ciresi – took their oaths of office Tuesday (Jan. 1, 2019, New Year’s Day) at the state Capitol to accept seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and their duties to faithfully represent constituents.
House members return Jan. 15 (Monday) to the Capitol for regular voting sessions.
Rep. Tim Hennessey
Hennessey, a Republican first elected in 1993, represents the 26th District. It includes all or part of the borough of Pottstown, and the townships of North and East Coventry, and East Vincent, as well as 10 other Chester County municipalities.
Hennessey is anticipated in the coming session to continue pursuit of a Basic Education Funding Fairness bill he introduced last year. It would address disparities in basic education funding, and bring more money faster to local schools than currently planned.
His constituent service office is located at Coventry Square, 351 W. Schuylkill Rd. Ste. 9, Pottstown. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rep. Joe Ciresi
Ciresi, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Tom Quigley in the November 2018 general elections, represents the 146th District. It includes all or part of the boroughs of Pottstown, Royersford and Trappe, and the townships of Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, and Perkiomen. He was reported by the Associated Press to be among 42 House members and seven senators sworn in for the first time.
Ciresi for the past 16 years has served as the director of sales and promotions for the Kimmel Center. His legislative priorities for 2019-2020 focus on fair funding for education and transportation, specifically the restoration of passenger train service between Pottstown and Philadelphia, he said.
Ciresi’s constituent service office is located at 301 N. Lewis Road, Park Towne Plaza, Royersford. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rep. Marcy Toepel
Toepel, a Republican first elected in 2010, represents the 147th Legislative District. It includes all or portions of the boroughs of Schwenksville and Green Lane, and the townships of West and Upper Pottsgrove, Douglass, New Hanover, Marlborough, Upper and Lower Frederick, and Upper and Lower Salford.
Toepel begins the 2019-2020 session serving a second term as caucus chairman in the House, a leadership position to which she was originally elected by her political peers in 2016. She conducts all Republican Caucus meetings and notifies members when bills they sponsored are scheduled for a House vote. She also informs members of the session schedule and legislative voting calendar, participates in leadership discussions, and helps set the House agenda.
Her constituent service office is located at 1885 Swamp Pike Ste. 107, Gilbertsville. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Top photo from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Legislator photos from their offices