Chelsa Wagner today submitted her resignation to the Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after serving the residents of the 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. "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 Representatives Deasy, Readshaw, Smith, Kortz and Wheatley, will be zealous advocates for the needs of these residents."
Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller on Jan. 2, but has served concurrently in the House for the first two weeks of 2012 in order to address unresolved concerns relating the potential lack of representation of her constituents in the midst of the legislative reapportionment.
"Although the 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 Wagner has represented is slated to move to Lehigh County, pending a state Supreme Court review to be completed in the coming weeks. Her state constituents would be split between five different legislative districts.
Through coordination with her House colleagues, Wagner has been able to ensure that the and in Whitehall 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, Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights, Overbrook, Manchester, Sheraden, Esplen, Baldwin Township, Castle Shannon and Whitehall. 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," Wagner said.