Touting his experience in the Pennsylvania state legislature and his commitment to good government, Rep. Brandon Neuman, (D-48th), today announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in theMay 20Primary Election.
Neuman, a state representative from Washington County in his second term, said,"I am very familiar with the legislative process and how to get things done in Harrisburg. And my background as a practicing attorney further prepares me for service to the Commonwealth, as I have a formal understanding of law and governance."
Neuman pointed out that the duties of the lieutenant governor include serving as the president of the state Senate, as the manager of Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) activities in the event of a state-wide emergency, and readiness to take over as governor if the need arises.
"There is precedence in the state's history for the lieutenant governor to ascend to the governorship," explained Neuman. "The lieutenant governor must illustrate that they can work with the Senate and the House to move legislation and to work with the federal government in times of emergencies.
"During my time in the legislature I've proven my ability to work across the aisle in a bipartisan leadership role, and I am energetic and hard-working, traits that would serve me well as lieutenant governor," said Neuman.
In a year when the commonwealth will elect a governor and all seats in the state House are up for re-election, Neuman said this election season will be extremely important to the future of Pennsylvania. He further pointed out that jobs and strengthening the economy are the issues that remain the priority among people he has met across the state.
"A recent survey by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster (PA) found that about a third of those surveyed (31 percent) agreed that the economy and jobs were the top issues facing the commonwealth," said Neuman. "That was followed by education and education funding (19 percent).
"Coming from the southwest corner of the state, I certainly understand the importance of economic development and jobs growth, and I intend to continue to advocate that Pennsylvania workers are hired for Pennsylvania jobs," stated Neuman.
Neuman was a very vocal critic and the lead legislator pressing for a more thorough investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal, questioning its handling by the former attorney general, Gov. Tom Corbett. As an outgrowth of his position on the Sandusky scandal, Neuman introduced several bills to protect abused and neglected children.
"This election, in a lot of ways, is about those who cannot vote on Election Day: our students," explained Neuman. "That's why I remain very active with our youth in terms of my personal commitment and in legislative activity."
Neuman is especially involved with school-age children, often visiting local school districts and speaking out against issues like bullying and teen dating violence. Recognizing that students need to be prepared for a global job market, Rep. Neuman took on this issue by hosting a youth jobs forum that connected job creators with educators, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Neuman has worked to end fraud against taxpayers in Pennsylvania, most recently introducing the False Claims Act that will strengthen the Commonwealth's whistleblower laws. He also attempted to end the issuance of "pay-to-play" state contracts, instead advocating for transparency and fairness in the state's contracting process.
In addition, Neuman is working to protect consumers from Internet predators and would-be identity thieves. He has received bipartisan support on his bill to ban a practice known as "phishing," in which Internet predators pretend to be legitimate businesses to steal personal identity information.
"We're living in a very communications-intensive society," said Neuman. "It's important to safeguard residents, both young and old, from fraud and government waste."
Neuman received a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, followed by a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law and a juris doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law. He and his wife Carrie reside in North Strabane Township.
Neuman also plans to seek re-election to his House seat representing Pennsylvania's 48th District.
Endorsements by elected officials, labor unions, and other organizations across the state will be announced in the coming weeks.