State Legislator of the Week: Honoring Blue-Collar Roots and Protecting Taxpayers
ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Week
This week, ALEC and FreedomWorks introduce Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Warner. Representative Warner brings his blue-collar roots and rural heritage to the state capitol as the representative for the 52nd Legislative District serving parts of Fayette and Westmoreland counties. He was first elected to serve in the state house in November 2014. In the current legislative session, Ryan serves on four house committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Commerce, and Game and Fisheries. A native of Fayette County, Ryan and his family have been long-time members of the community, having operated a family farm and successful logging business. He and his wife, Leslie, have two children: Paloma and Ben.
Why did you become a state representative?
I ran for state representative because I passionately want to improve the community in which I was born and raised and make it a better place for my children and for future generations.
What are some challenges you face in your district?
One of the biggest challenges facing our area is the economy. We are working to change the economy of our region from one that was based on steel and coal and expanding it to more diverse industries. Also, like many others across the nation, we are working to combat the opioid epidemic which is continually tearing apart families and communities throughout our country.
What project or law are you most proud of?
I am most proud of HB110, the Taxpayer Protection Act, passing the House and moving on to Senate for consideration. This legislation is one more step in the direction of fixing Pennsylvania’s broken budget process. HB110 would amend the PA constitution to establish spending limits that the Commonwealth must abide by each fiscal year. The proposed amendment would limit the Commonwealth’s spending to a percentage increase of population growth and inflation.
How has ALEC helped you as state representative?
It is invaluable to have a strong network of legislatures to discuss ideas with who share the values of my district and are experiencing similar challenges, and it is extremely beneficial to have such a dynamic group of people to share, consider and implement new ideas.
What is a fun fact that is not in your professional bio?
I like to collect hand tools made in the USA and enjoy rebuilding late model F-150’s.
What is one goal you have for 2018?
In 2018 I plan to work with the PA Senate to pass HB110 and move closer to amending the PA constitution and fix Pennsylvania’s spending problem.