Thursday, July 29, 2010

Logan to Leave PA Senate

After 10 years in office, Sean Logan (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) has announced he will leave the Pennsylvania State Senate to become Vice President of Community Relations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Logan says the decision to leave the Senate effective August 24 was not an easy one...

“I have been presented with a great opportunity to build on a decade’s worth of work in the Senate. Whether it was addressing the needs of our emergency responders and their families or expanding access to health care for children, I always tried to bring the needs of the individual in the community to the political maze that is Harrisburg."

Prior to his election to the Senate, Logan served as the mayor of Monroeville.

Two men who might have worked with Logan in the future praised his efforts in the Senate. Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett said he had the pleasure of knowing Logan prior to and during his tenure in the legislature..... “He has served the citizens of Monroeville and all of Pennsylvania well and will continue to do so as he embarks on this new phase of his career.”

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato said Logan has been a valuable asset to Allegheny County........“He was very effective in Harrisburg and secured vital state funds for important projects here in the county.”

Among Logan's legislative accomplishments, Logan pushed for passage of a bill to ensure that the survivors of police, firefighters, and EMTs killed in the line of duty receive 100 percent of their loved one’s monthly salary.
“It was years in the making and serves as a shining example of how working together in a bipartisan way can bring tangible benefits to Pennsylvania families now and in years to come.”

Logan co-authored bills to make the legislative process more transparent including one that mandates that each vote taken in the House or Senate be posted on-line. The journal of each legislative session day is now posted as well.

“I am proud of the progress that was made to ensure behind-the-scenes, late-night sessions became a thing of the past. Public scrutiny is the number one ingredient for fostering accountability.”

There's no official word yet but it's likely a special election will be held November 2 to fill out the final 2 years of Logan's Senate term.

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