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TOM MARINO

Now entering his fifth term, Congressman Tom Marino is looking forward to serving this area again.

Marino was sworn in for his next term on the House floor in Washington on Jan. 3 and will once again serve Wyoming County, as Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District lines were redrawn in 2018 to include the county, which was previously part of the 11th district under former Congressman Lou Barletta.

“It has been a pleasure to represent Montrose and Susquehanna County throughout my tenure in Congress, and now having citizens of Tunkhannock and Wyoming County back in the 12th district is a very welcome development,” Marino said Monday.

There are also plans to reopen Marino’s office in Wyoming County. While location details are still being worked out, Marino said he will make sure everyone knows when the office is up and running.

“I am excited to reopen our office in Wyoming County,” he said. “We enjoyed being a part of the Tunkhannock community during my first term and we are looking forward to returning.”

In the meantime, constituents in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties could reach Marino through his offices in Williamsport and Washington, D.C. Addresses, phone numbers and business hours for these offices can be found at marino.house.gov/contact.

“My staff stands ready to help constituents with any issues they are facing, as well as listen to any concerns that citizens have related to a particular matter,” Marino said.

Having areas like Montrose and Tunkhannock in his district reinforces priorities he has worked for since being first elected to Congress, he said.

“The people of these towns are hard-working, self-sufficient and want to see more economic opportunity and less of Washington in their lives,” Marino explained.

“We can make this a reality by continuing to reduce regulations, spur economic opportunities and community development through rural broadband deployment, and allowing Pennsylvanians to keep more of their paychecks,” he added.

Marino did not specifically comment on how he expects Democrats being the majority in Congress might affect his workload, but said his priority for serving Congress is simple: make the lives of constituents better.

The quality of life in the area can continue to be improved by keeping taxes low, securing the borders and stimulating economic development in the area, he said. This stimulation could come from “ensuring robust deployment of broadband connectivity and continuing to roll back regulations that are hampering small business growth.”

Marino also said that people need to support farmers, but specifically dairy producers.

“The farm economy is currently facing significant headwinds and while the recently passed Farm Bill is a great step forward, there is more we can do, such as allowing whole milk to be served in schools again,” he said. “I introduced legislation to accomplish that in the 115th Congress and it will remain a priority of mine in the 116th.”