Harrisburg – May 7, 2019 – Newly sworn-in Senator Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny/Washington) has been appointed Democratic chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“Given my experience in the military and work with veterans at the federal and county levels, I am thrilled to serve on that committee,” Iovino said.  “For many years, I’ve worked with veterans on the federal, state and county levels to coordinate the delivery of services.

“As Democratic chair, I will have direct input on policies impacting our veterans and emergency responders.”

Iovino served for 23 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  Following her military service, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as assistant secretary of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

“There are so many issues where we can help our veterans access services and make it easier for military families,” Iovino said.  “Plus, it is an exciting time to be involved with emergency responders following the conclusion of the comprehensive study of emergency services.”

Iovino said the report evaluates emergency services and identifies needs. She said it provides an excellent legislative framework and guide for lawmakers to address the needs of first responders.

“The report includes statewide testimony from first responders and has generated legislative proposals that would implement many of the recommendations,” Iovino said.  “My appointment as Democratic chair gives me a role in crafting policies and responding to issues impacting police, fire and emergency responders.”

Iovino said she also welcomes her appointment to seats on the Labor and Industry Committee and the Communications and Technology Committee.

“I have a deep concern for working men and women,” Iovino said.  “This is an important time for those in the labor movement and others who want to help working families struggling to make ends meet.

“We need to be strong for working men and women and be decisive when issues arise that impact their livelihoods.”

Iovino said her local and Harrisburg offices are fully operational.

She said that anyone who has a concern or would like to express their views on issues are welcome to visit her district offices in Bethel Park at 100 Broughton Road or Robinson Township at 5996 Steubenville Pike or call 412 831-0250. People can also reach her through her website SenatorIovino.com, or various social media platforms @senatoriovino.