Beginning her ninth term in Jan. 2021, State Representative Kathy Rapp brings to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives vast experience in both the public and private sectors to serve 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 is honored to be serving her second full term as Chairman of the House Health Committee.
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, welfare reform and much more.
Kathy is also returning to serve as majority co-chairman of the bipartisan Pennsylvania House Pro-Life Caucus and a member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session.
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.
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; all Forest County; and portions of Crawford County consisting of the townships of Athens, Bloomfield, Cambridge, Cussewago, Richmond, Rockdale, Sparta, Venango and Woodcock; and the boroughs of Blooming Valley, Cambridge Springs, Centerville, Saegertown, Spartansburg, Venango and Woodcock.