Benninghoff seeks re-election

Republican touts record of jobs, accountability, values

From staff reports

BELLEFONTE — State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, announces he will seek re-election to represent the 171st legislative district, which includes parts of Centre and Mifflin counties, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“My desire to serve and represent our community is as sincere and unwavering today as it was on the day I first took the sacred oath of office,” Benninghoff said. “I hope it is evident that every day since, I have stayed true to my promise to work hard, be accessible, elevate the needs of our community and keep money in your wallet by keeping government spending under control.”

Benninghoff’s record, this year alone, includes bringing tax dollars back to the district for important local projects, such as: ensuring safe water for the residents of Potter Township by securing funding for a needed sewage system upgrade, making the community safer with safe school funding and grants for local fire and EMS companies, and ensuring local workers have access to training for good-paying jobs by acquiring a grant to expand the capacity and educational programs of the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI).

Benninghoff has opposed higher taxes and has sought ways to reduce wasteful spending. He said he is committed to revitalizing the community and growing the local economy and has advocated for policies to help small businesses succeed and create jobs.

For two consecutive terms, Benninghoff has been selected by his peers in the House to serve on the Republican leadership team as Majority Policy Committee chairman. In this role, he conducts statewide hearings on critical issues in order to develop sound policies for the Legislature to consider. As chairman, Benninghoff said, he has prioritized creating and retaining good-paying jobs, eliminating costly regulations, keeping taxes affordable and combating the state’s opioid epidemic.

A former hospital orderly and two-term Centre County coroner, Benninghoff is known for his ability to work across the aisle to advance healthcare policies and ensure funding for life-saving medical research. He is the founder and current chairman of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus.

Benninghoff was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996.

“It would be a great honor and humbling privilege to continue to represent the good, honest people of the 171st legislative district in Harrisburg, where I have built a reputation for transparent leadership, keeping my word and holding government accountable,” he said.