Biography 

State Representative Kathy Rapp (Warren/Crawford/Forest)

 

State Representative Kathy Rapp brings to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives vast experience in both the public and private sectors to represent the people of the 65th Legislative Districts in Crawford, Forest and Warren counties.

As one of the Legislature’s most consistent and outspoken pro-life advocates, Kathy has again been appointed to serve as majority co-chair of the bipartisan Pennsylvania House Pro-Life Caucus for the 2017-18 legislative session. In addition, Kathy is once again serving as a member of the House Education, (where she chairs the Subcommittee on Special Education), Environmental Resources and Energy, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.

During her tenure, Kathy has also proven to be a strong ally of both our veterans and active duty military personnel. In November 2016, Kathy’s legislation to eliminate veterans’ disability payments from income eligibility requirements under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program became law.

In May 2016, she participated in a ceremony officially designating the Route 62 Bridge in Tionesta, Forest County as the Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 Memorial Bridge. Kathy was the prime sponsor of the legislation to rename the bridge in honor of this beloved hometown hero who became the first field grade officer of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to die in action since World War II when he was killed by a suicide bomber in Ramadi, Iraq on Jan. 5, 2006.

In February 2007, she announced the successful conclusion of her efforts to secure a long overdue memorial marker commemorating the life and extraordinary service record of Russell, Pa., native and Warren County’s only Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Gertsch, added to Soldiers Grove at the State Capitol Complex.

As a recipient of the Pennsylvanians for Right to Work Statesmen of the Year Award and a prime sponsor of the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative, Kathy continues to champion the ongoing battle to make Pennsylvania the next state in the nation to give all working citizens the individual freedom to decide whether to join or financially support a labor union.

Before being elected to the PA House in November 2004, Kathy 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. She 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.

Kathy lives in Warren and is the mother of a son and two daughters and is a proud grandmother of seven amazing grandsons.

The 65th Legislative District includes all of Warren County; a portion of Crawford County consisting of the city of Titusville; the boroughs of Centerville and Hydetown; and the townships of Athens, Bloomfield, Oil Creek, Rome, Sparta, Steuben and Troy; and a portion of Forest County consisting of the townships of Green, Harmony, Hickory, Howe, Kingsley, Tionesta and the borough of Tionesta.


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