Chelsa Wagner has submitted her resignation to the Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after serving the residents of that state's 22nd Legislative District for more than five years.
"It has been a distinct honor to serve the residents of the 22nd Legislative District," Wagner said in a press release. "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 Reps. (Daniel) Deasy, (Harry A.) Readshaw, (Matthew H.) Smith, and (Jake) Wheatley, will be zealous advocates for the needs of these residents."
Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller on Jan. 2 but in order to address concerns related to the potential confused lack of representation of her constituents in the midst of legislative reapportionment.
"Although the (Pennsylvania) 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," Wagner said.
The 22nd District that Wagner has represented is —approximately 300 miles east—pending a state Supreme Court review to be completed in the coming weeks. Wagner's former 22nd constituents would be split between five different legislative districts.
Through coordination with her House colleagues, Wagner has been able to ensure that constituent service offices and will remain open with regular hours.
"I feel satisfied in leaving the House that my office has been able to provide an exceptional level of service to our communities, and that this standard will continue for the residents of Brookline, Beechview, Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights, Overbrook, Manchester, Sheraden, Esplen, , Castle Shannon (Borough) and Whitehall," Wagner said. "It's my commitment to work tirelessly in the controller's office on behalf of all Allegheny County residents, but I will of course always be an advocate for the communities I have been honored to serve for the past five years."
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