Meet the Candidate
Running For:State Representative
Occupation:Pa. State Representative
Education: (click to expand)
Freedom High School, Bethlehem, Pa (1978 graduate)
Biographical Info: (click to expand)
Jeanne McNeill was elected to serve the 133rd Legislative District in 2017. Although born and raised in Bethlehem, she has lived in the 133rd District for over 27 years, having raised two daughters, Kathleen and Shannon, along with her husband, the late state representative of the 133rd District Daniel McNeill. Jeanne has always been a champion of those in need. For the past 14 years, she has been employed by CLIU 21 as a skills trainer teaching job skills, independence, and life skills to young adults with disabilities in order to give them the independence, self-esteem and opportunity they need to become productive members of society. Before becoming a skills trainer, Jeanne was employed by Parkland High School in the College Resource Room, assisting students with the difficult selection of which college to attend as well as their field of study. Community service has always been a top priority for her, from organizing donations for fire victims and fundraising events for cancer patients, to hosting Thanksgiving dinners for those in need and serving spaghetti dinners at her church. Jeanne has always been there for friends and strangers alike and will bring that passion, dedication and willingness to further serve the constituents throughout her legislative district. Jeanne will carry on her late husband’s work, as was his wish, and continue to fight for working families, seniors and women’s rights, against discrimination of any kind, and the right for the physically and mentally challenged to have the same opportunities as the rest of the residents of this commonwealth. She is also committed to addressing the opioid crisis that is plaguing this state and taking more lives young and old every day. She will continue the shared vision of her late husband of bettering the lives of the residents of the 133rd District as well as those across Pennsylvania. Jeanne lives in Whitehall Township, and spends her free time with her daughters and grandchildren Kenzie, Isabelle, and Lincoln. She attends community events as her schedule permits.
Why are you running for office? (click to expand)
It has been my honor to represent my friends and neighbors these past years. A lot has changed for us all, with new challenges impacting our community and families. But I remain steadfast and committed to doing what’s right for our area, and ensuring that your concerns are addressed. I currently serve as vice-chairwoman for the Northeast Delegation, and was the first elected official to be honored by the Lehigh Valley Labor Council with the William Werkeiser Award for her work and service to the local community. I also sit on the following committees: Game and Fisheries, Gaming Oversight, Insurance, Labor and Industry, Policy, and Rules. She is also the Democratic Chair on the Economic Development Subcommittee. My caucus membership includes: Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, LGBTQ, PA SAFE, and the Women’s Caucus. In the past year alone, I have aided community leaders and organizations with securing more than $60 Million in grant dollars for investments in Lehigh County and across the 133rd District. Additionally, I have made it a priority to work on bipartisan legislation, sponsoring or co-sponsoring bills, to advocate for animal rights, seniors, veterans and other issues like addressing illegal fireworks activity, and capping insulin costs. I’m proud of my record and all the results I’ve achieved while representing our community in Harrisburg. Should I earn another term, I vow to return to Harrisburg as determined to secure these sort of financial resources and advocate for the issues I’ve been entrusted to since first taking office in 2017.
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- †Declined to respond, Position based on citation
|1. Should education funding be directed to families through a voucher, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including non-public schools?||-|
|2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use?||Y||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex?||Y||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers?||N||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth?||-|
|6. Should our state constitution be amended to prevent taxpayer funding for elective abortions?||N||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting?||N||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|8. Should the state reduce police funding to increase funding for social services?||-|
|9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports?||N||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers?||N||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|11. Should Pennsylvania municipalities be permitted to require a vaccine passport?||Y||Note: Candidate declined to respond. Position based upon citation.
|12. Should the gasoline tax be permanently reduced?||-|
|13. Should schools be required to notify parents of any sexually explicit content in books or instructional materials?||−|