State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie — an old-school Ronald Reagan Republican despite his young age — has announced he is seeking re-election.
Mackenzie, 31, has represented the 134th District seat since he won a special election in April 2012. He is a Parkland High School and Harvard University graduate. Before winning election, he worked in state government at the Department of Labor and Industry.
“I have had the great honor of serving residents of Lehigh and Berks for the past two years, and I have never lived a day when I was not grateful for that privilege,” Mackenzie said in a statement. “I’ve worked hard to represent my constituents and I’m proud of the accomplishments my office and I have made in such a short time.”
He authored a recent bill, which easily passed the House and now sits in the Senate, to give businesses tax credits for giving high school students internships.
He also authored Act 52 of 2013, which eliminated the inheritance tax for small, family-owned businesses and permitted a $5,000 deduction by startup companies in their first year of operation.
Mackenzie was one of several Lehigh Valley lawmakers who voted against Gov. Tom Corbett’s $2.3 billion transportation bill that became law in November. He voted against it because of the size of the tax it carried.
But Mackenzie is not averse to taxes in general. Unlike numerous other Republicans who have been elected to state office in recent years, he has not signed Grover Norquist’s hard-line conservative anti-tax pledge.
It’s an old-school acknowledgment that taxes pay for government services.
— Steve Esack