Monday, January 02, 2012

Rep. Kampf announces re-election bid

Freshman state Rep. Warren Kampf, R-157th Dist., announced Monday he will seek a second two-year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“During my first year in office, I have answered the public’s call to restore fiscal discipline to state government and have focused on making our state more competitive in the national marketplace,” Kampf in a prepared statement. “I am proud of my efforts thus far, but know there is still much to be done. Restoring our economy by reversing the failed policies of over-spending and over-borrowing of the previous administration will take time.”

Kampf said he is running again because “there is more work to be done both to fulfill his pledge to the people of the 157th District, as well as to keep Pennsylvania on a course toward economic recovery.”

“I am continuing to develop comprehensive legislation to address the pension issue in our state by creating a defined contribution retirement plan, like those in the private sector have, for all new state hires and will introduce it early this year,” Kampf said. “I will continue to work to ensure education funding remains a top priority in the budget, and push for further reforms to our state’s tax structure to help lure new job creators to our state and encourage current businesses to expand and create more jobs.”

During his first term, Kampf kept his pledge to lead by example on reform and fiscal discipline, refusing perks like a state-paid automobile and per diems, as well as not accepting the salary COLA for both 2011 and 2012, and not enrolling in the legislature’s defined benefit pension system.

“I ran for this office to try and make a difference for local residents and Pennsylvania, not to take part in the perks of office. I promised to turn my back on those perks in these difficult times and have kept that promise,” Kampf said.

An attorney by profession, Kampf served for seven years as a Tredyffrin Township supervisor before his election to the state Legislature.

The 157th House District covers portions of Chester and Montgomery counties.

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