Pro-Life Champion Rapp Selected to Chair House Health Committee
HARRISBURG — Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) today announced that she has been appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as chairwoman of the House Health Committee.

“As one of Legislature’s most consistent and outspoken pro-life advocates, I am honored with the opportunity to lead this highly active committee that is on the forefront of protecting the sanctity of all human life and improving the overall quality of health care for all Pennsylvania citizens,” said Rapp. “I am greatly looking forward to the remainder of the current legislative session, when the House Health Committee is expected to consider many other vital health issues including, opioid addiction and legislation that would prohibit the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome (House Bill 2050).”

The House Health Committee deals with issues such as abortion, disease management, health savings accounts, hospital-acquired infections, Medical Assistance, patient safety, pharmaceutical issues, telemedicine and much more.

In addition to her new role as chair of the House Health Committee, Rapp will continue to serve as chair of the bipartisan Pennsylvania House Pro-Life Caucus.

“Rep. Rapp is going to do a tremendous job as chairwoman of the Health Committee,” said Turzai. “Not only does she have a health care background, but she is also thorough and thoughtful in her approach as a lawmaker.”

Before being elected to the PA House in November 2004, Rapp was heavily involved in the health and human services field, serving as a community relations representative with Beverly Health Care, where she managed admissions and marketing for two health care facilities in Warren.

Prior to that, she gained experience in working with students with special needs. Rapp served as a compliance monitor within the Pennsylvania Department of Education to examine special education programs throughout the state and performed work as a consultant with the Parent Education Network.

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Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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