Mark Painter

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Mark Painter
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Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 146th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Tom Quigley
Personal details
Born August 3, 1957
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Coleen
Children 4
Residence Limerick Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Religion Lutheran
Website [1] [official site]

Mark Painter (born August 3, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 146th District since 2013. The district is located in Montgomery County, including Pottstown, Limerick Township, West Pottsgrove Township, Upper Pottsgrove Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Royersford and parts of New Hanover Township.

Early life[edit]

Mark Painter was born in Stowe, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pottsgrove High School in 1974. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and law, graduating in 1978.[1]

After his two sons were diagnosed with autism, Painter became concerned with the lack of access to special education programs. Along with his wife, he helped organize parents of special needs children to help develop new programs for students with autism. This experience led Mark into the field of special education law, where he represented parents advocating for better services from their school districts.[1]

From 1998 to 2012, Painter served almost four terms as tax collector for Limerick Township, until he was elected to the House. He attends St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, where he has also taught Sunday School. He is a lifetime member of the Limerick Historical Society, and serves on the board of directors of the Royersford Free Public Library and Royersford Community Chest.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2010, Painter unsuccessfully ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 146th District against the incumbent Tom Quigley, by a margin of 56%-44%.[2] In 2012, Painter again challenged Quigley, this time winning the seat 50.4%-49.7%.[3] He is currently running for a second term in the 2014 elections.[4]

While serving as a state representative, Painter has made property tax reform a priority. He was a co-sponsor of House Bill 76 to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania and replace them with increases in the income and sales taxes,[5] and also voted in favor of that change. Painter has also introduced legislation to expand the property tax rebate program for seniors, including HB 2215 to allow families to deduct property taxes from their income for eligibility in the property tax rebate program, and HB 2214 to allow seniors to receive up to 15 percent of their paid property taxes back through the property tax rebate program.[6]

He has also supported increased state funding for education as a means to lower local property taxes.[7] Painter has introduced the Pennsylvania Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to prohibit workplace discrimination against pregnant women and women with newborn children[8] and proposed two amendments that would add protections to the Landlord and Tenant Act for tenants who are victims of domestic violence.[9] He has also supported increased state funding for education and opposed heavily relying on local property taxes.[10]

Painter currently serves on the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Human Services, Local Government, Commerce, and Policy committees.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Painter lives in Limerick Township with his wife Coleen. They have two biological children and two foster children from Southeast Asia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rep. Mark Painter Biography". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  2. ^ "2010 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "2012 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ Evan Brandt (2014-01-24). "Quigley announces bid to regain 146th House District seat". The Pottstown Mercury. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Signs of hope for Pa. property tax reform". The Pottstown Mercury. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Bill Research Report". County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Pa. Legislature gets down to business, but not on property tax reform". The Reporter. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  8. ^ Tara Murtha (2014-02-21). "Pennsylvania Legislator Introduces Pregnant Workers Fairness Act". RH Reality Check. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  9. ^ "House OKs Painter amendents to help domestic violence victims". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Pa. Legislature gets down to business, but not on property tax reform". The Reporter. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Mark Painter". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-17.