HARRISBURG (December 27, 2017) Sen. Michele Brooks has been selected as one of the “50 Over 50” most influential people in Pennsylvania by City and State PA Magazine.
“I find it very humbling to be listed among a group of such dedicated community leaders, including Gov. Tom Ridge. More importantly, I am honored and humbled to represent the people in Mercer, Crawford, and parts of Erie and Warren Counties in the state Senate,” Brooks said.
The award salutes 50 people who are “the most prominent and accomplished leaders in government, business and media over the age of 50,” the online publication says.
“I thank City and State for this honor,” said Brooks, who is the Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “It is one of the greatest privileges of my life to work for the people of the 50th District and have this opportunity to help our communities.”
Brooks worked to oppose the tolling of I-80, which included her organizing a group of legislators to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak to representatives of the Administration about how tolling would harm jobs, Pennsylvania businesses and travelers. She also worked to strengthen services for senior citizens while streamlining service delivery.
Brooks was also recognized for her work to minimize overly burdensome regulations on businesspeople and farmers and to maximize job creation, keep SCI Mercer open, maintain the Department of Aging as a stand-alone department, protect the unborn, and more.
“I look forward to continuing to serve as a strong advocate for northwestern Pennsylvania and building consensus in Harrisburg to move the Commonwealth forward,” Brooks said.