Chelsa Wagner has submitted her resignation to the Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after serving the residents of the 22nd Legislative District for more than five years, indicating she and her colleagues had been able to work out a plan to ensure a smooth transition and provide representation for the district for the remainder of the 2011-2012 legislative term in the midst of reapportionment.
"I am confident that our work together to achieve sustainable results will make a lasting impact on these communities well into the future. I am also confident that my House colleagues, specifically representatives Deasy, Readshaw, Smith, Kortz and Wheatley, will be zealous advocates for the needs of these residents," Ms. Wagner said.
Ms. Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller on January 2, but has served concurrently in the House for the first two weeks of 2012 in order to address unresolved concerns relating the potential lack of representation of her constituents in the midst of the legislative reapportionment.
"Although the House Democratic Caucus Leadership has let my constituents down in both the reapportionment process and in this transition, I am pleased that my rank-and-file colleagues in the House who will soon represent these communities have worked with me to ensure that our high standards of constituent service and commitment to the needs of the residents of this District will continue to be met," she said.
Ms. Wagner has been working since winning November's general election for Controller to pave the way for a smooth transition for her state constituents, who will be split among five different legislative districts under the new legislative map. The 22nd district which she has represented is slated to move to Lehigh County pending a state Supreme Court review to be completed in the coming weeks.
Her concerns have included ensuring a voice for district residents in Harrisburg throughout the remainder of the 2011-2012 term, the continuity of constituent services, and clear communication regarding the drastic changes in representation as a result of reapportionment.
Through coordination with her House colleagues, she has been able to ensure that the Constituent Service offices on Brookline Blvd. and in Whitehall remain open with regular hours.