– After serving two terms as a state representative in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will not run for re-election this year. Brooks issued the following statement:
“It has been an enjoyable experience to represent the citizens of the 54th Legislative District that includes Murrysville, Export, portions of Penn Township, as well as Upper Burrell, Lower Burrell, Allegheny, Fawn and West Deer townships. Thank you for allowing me to be your state representative.
“With the new census that was recently published and subsequent redrawing of legislative boundaries, the 54th District is being relocated to the eastern portion of Pennsylvania, which means my constituents are being separated into three separate legislative districts.
“Government has many forces pulling on it. I believe that you are best represented by your local government, and we need to return as much decision-making and control as possible to this body. State government needs to be run more like a business than it is today. It should balance fiscal responsibilities while producing a good product.
“It is essential that our government show the necessary caring for the older population, people with disabilities, along with ensuring public safety and the education of our youth. The bottom line is government has to do more to serve the people effectively.
“In addition, I believe that we need to reduce the size of the Legislature. Our next governor must commit to growing the economy of the Commonwealth, which means more jobs and less government roadblocks.
“Thank you, again, for allowing me to serve you for the past four years. God bless America and Pennsylvania.”