Keller Begins Term in State House
1/4/2011

Middleburg lawmaker sworn in at Capitol ceremony 

Rep. Fred Keller today took the oath of office to represent the 85th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In total, 29 new House members took the oath of office for the first time today.

Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) has officially begun his role as the state representative for the 85th District in Union and Snyder counties after having been sworn in today during ceremonies at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. 

“Swearing-in day not only is symbolic for first-time members like myself, but it also sets a course to make real change in Pennsylvania,” Keller said. “Although today was full of pomp and circumstance to begin the new session, it represents a new direction – a change that the people of Pennsylvania clearly conveyed in November.” 

Joining Keller at the ceremony were his wife, Kay, children, Jamie and Freddie, and his granddaughter Karsen. In total, 29 new members were took the oath of office today. 

Keller intends on hitting the ground by advancing issues important to the people of his district, including changes to the state’s legal tort system that discourages job creation and economic development. 

“For years, the legal system has been hampering job growth by making it increasingly difficult to locate a business in our area or to encourage them to reinvest,” Keller said. “Implementing tort reform and making sure that lawsuits have merit will help to stabilize our economy and get people back to work.” 

In addition, Keller will focus on addressing the state’s finances and helping to pass an on-time budget that doesn’t burden hard-working families and business owners with increased taxes. 

“Our work is definitely going to be cut out for us as we examine all line items of the state budget and find ways to reduce the multi-billion dollar deficit,” Keller said. “This job won’t be easy, but I am optimistic that the new direction in Pennsylvania state government will help overcome the many obstacles that stood in the way of past budgets.” 

Keller also is concerned with new regulations that went into place on Jan. 1 that require sprinklers in all newly constructed homes and will work to alleviate that burden on new homeowners. 

Prior to being elected to the state House, Keller worked the last 25 years at Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., where he most recently served as plant manager. He also is active in the community, serving on the Parents Advisory Council at Midd-West High School in Middleburg, and as Middlecreek Township auditor. He is a member and Deacon of the First Reformed Church of Sunbury and has coached youth soccer, softball and Little League baseball, and served as den leader of Kreamer Cub Scout Pack 3400. 

He and his wife are the parents of two grown children and they have one grandchild. 

Keller has opened his district office at the Mifflinburg Government Center, Suite 1, at 343 Chestnut St. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and residents can contact the office by calling (570) 966-0052 or (570) 837-0052. He also maintains a legislative website at RepFredKeller.com and a Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepFredKeller.  

Rep. Fred Keller
85th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Jennifer Algoe Keaton
jkeaton@pahousegop.com
(717) 705-2094
Member Site: 
RepFredKeller.com
Caucus Site: 
PAHouseGOP.com

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