Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sen. Mary Jo White Announces She Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, announced Thursday she would not seek re-election in 2012.
            "Today I am announcing that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the Senate of Pennsylvania in 2012. After a career in the private sector, I never expected to have an opportunity to enter political life," said Sen. White.  "It has been an exciting and challenging time, and I would not have missed it for the world. I have worked with talented and dedicated people in and out of government. I sincerely thank the people of the 21st District for their confidence and support."
            Sen. White has served in the Senate for 14 years and chaired the Senate Environmental Committee for 12 years and has been involved in every major environmental law passed since 1999, including the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection (Growing Greener) Act, the Water Resources Planning Act and has been in the middle of the debate over Marcellus Shale legislation.
            She became the first woman elected to Senate Republican Leadership as Caucus Administrator in 2001.
            Prior to becoming Senator she served as a public defender in Venango County and was Vice President for Environment/Government Affairs for Quaker State Corporation.

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