New state lawmaker takes office, represents eastern Berks
Rep. Ryan Mackenzie took the oath of office Tuesday, May 8, officially beginning his tenure representing the citizens of the 134th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Mackenzie, a Republican, represents parts of Lehigh County and District, Hereford, Washington townships and Bally and Bechtelsville in Berks County.
“As representative, I will fulfill my oath to uphold our constitution and make it my top priority to always listen to and serve the people of the 134th District, who have placed their confidence in me as their voice in Harrisburg,” Mackenzie said.
Mackenzie won a special election in April to complete the 2011-12 term of Doug Reichley after Reichley was elected to serve as a judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.
Reichley administered the oath of office to the six new House members sworn in today.
To ensure continuity of constituent service, Mackenzie will maintain Reichley’s former district office at 1245 Chestnut St. in Emmaus.
Residents can contact the office at 610-965-9933 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Before his election to the House, Mackenzie served as director of policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. There, he was instrumental in building the legislative compromise of Act 6 of 2011, which will save about $120 million a year for the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and the taxpayers who pay into the system.
It also instituted much-needed unemployment compensation reforms.
“My focus as representative will be on the issues that the people of the 134th District have told me are important to them: reinvigorating our economy, supporting job creators, and containing the cost of government so tax dollars can be used to fund priorities like education,” Mackenzie said.
“The problems we face know no party lines,” continued Mackenzie. “That is why I will work with anyone willing to bring good ideas and needed compromise to meeting the challenges we face as a state and community.”
Mackenzie is a native of the Lehigh Valley. He received a bachelor of science degree in finance and international business from New York University and earned his MBA at Harvard University.