Senator Pat Browne, R-16th District, was elected today (November 14) by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2019-20 Legislative Session that will begin in January.
“I am truly honored by my colleagues’ support and look forward to continuing to serve as chairman of this important committee,” Senator Browne said. “I am committed to working with my caucus to ensure that state expenditures are made in a fiscally responsible manner.”
The Appropriations Committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget each year. Senator Browne served as Appropriations Chairman in 2015-16 and 2017-18 Legislative Sessions. Prior to holding the position of Appropriations Chairman, Senator Browne held the leadership role for Senate Republicans as Majority Caucus Whip for the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Legislative Sessions.
“The Senate Appropriations Committee had a very productive 2017-18 Legislative Session with an increase in committee meetings, subcommittee meetings and Appropriations Committee on the Road events totaling 47 meetings, a 62 percent increase from the prior session,” Senator Browne said. “In addition, there were 472 bills referred to the committee and 339 reported out during this same time frame, an increase of 21 percent from the prior session. I look forward to the committee’s work in the new session as we focus on making Pennsylvania more competitive and more attractive for economic development.”
Senator Browne also serves as Chairman of the Early Childhood Education Caucus and as a board member of the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the Public School Employees’ Retirement System Board, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority.
Over the past several sessions he has served as Co-chair of the Special Education Funding Commission, Co-chair of the Basic Education Funding Commission and Co-chair of the Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee. He is also a Co-founder and Co-chair of the Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus.
First elected to the Senate following a special election in April of 2005, Senator Browne was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Prior to joining the Senate, Senator Browne represented the 131st District for 10 years as a member of the state House of Representatives.
Senator Browne holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Temple University. Prior to his legislative service, he was employed with the accounting firms of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse as a tax manager and senior tax associate, respectively. In addition to being a CPA, he is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Born and raised in Allentown, Senator Browne attended Allentown Central Catholic High School. He resides in Allentown with his wife, Heather, and son, Alex.
Contacts: Vicki Wilken 717-787-1349