“I will bring pragmatic, independent leadership to the Senate and continue standing up for taxpayers and our communities.”
DOYLESTOWN, PA – State Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-143) today announced her intention to run for the Pennsylvania’s 10th State Senate District in the 2018 election. The 10th District has been represented by Chuck McIlhinney, who announced that he will not be seeking
re-election. If elected, Quinn will be the first female to represent the 10th State Senate District in Harrisburg.
“I will bring pragmatic, independent leadership to the Senate and continue standing up for taxpayers and our communities,” Quinn said. “Whether it has been stopping the largest ever proposed tax increase in history, delivering record funding for schools, or working to preserve the unique character of our communities, I have always worked to bring responsible, effective representation to the issues while saying no to political games.”
Quinn, who was first elected to the House in 2006, quickly became known as one of Harrisburg’s most bipartisan and effective voices, someone who brings a pragmatic approach to the issues to find common ground solutions to the challenges facing Pennsylvania.
“People are tired of the political posturing, including me. Pragmatic solutions and a willingness to listen to all sides are what we need in government,” Quinn said. “I am proud that the people I represent know me as someone who doesn’t fit into partisan boxes on the issues, and that is something I will continue as Senator.”
Especially well-known for her work on the issue of healthcare, Quinn’s accomplishments include leading bipartisan efforts to increase access to quality healthcare and update the Commonwealth’s laws to regulate the use of telemedicine. She also serves as her caucus representative on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In conjunction with her work on healthcare issues, Quinn has been active in the effort to address the opioid epidemic gripping Pennsylvania. She helped develop a comprehensive legislative package that was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Wolf. She is also the author of a 2014 law that limits direct physician dispensing of prescription drugs and is a precursor to many of the efforts being undertaken in the opioid fight.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Quinn has been a strong proponent of increased education funding. During her tenure, she has supported budgets that now provide record state funding for basic education, including replacing the loss of temporary federal stimulus funding; she also helped implement a new Education Funding Formula that is more fair to suburban school districts like those in the 10th District.
Quinn was also responsible for the creation of the State Employees Achieving Savings (SEAS) program. SEAS creates transparency and provides state government workers the ability to recommend ways to deliver better services as well as identify cost savings opportunities in the services provided by the state.
“One of my priorities is to always be a voice for taxpayers bringing fiscal discipline and common sense to state government,” Quinn stated. “I opposed massive income and sales tax increases that would have unfairly targeted Bucks and Montgomery Counties, but have also been supportive of a bipartisan and fair natural gas severance tax that allows the state to take advantage of this natural resource.”
Throughout her tenure, Quinn has been a strong supporter of legislative initiatives focused on helping foster economic and job growth across the state, including common sense reforms to the state’s legal and regulatory systems, as well as by supporting vocational and jobs-skill education programs.
“I want all our families to have jobs that let them provide for today and reach their retirement goals for tomorrow. I want an economy that gives our children the opportunity to stay in the area and raise their own families,” Quinn said. “We are in a national competition to keep and attract employers, and I want to make sure Pennsylvania wins that competition.”
Quinn’s record in the state House has also focused on environmental issues important to Bucks and Montgomery Counties, consistently supporting programs to help preserve open space and protect environmental assets. Quinn was one of the architects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax that was implemented as shale extraction came to the state and has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Her focus on environmental issues led to the Speaker of the House appointing her to the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. She also chairs the bipartisan Delaware Canal Caucus.
Born and raised in Bucks County, Quinn graduated from Archbishop Wood High School and then attended St. Joseph’s University where she earned a degree in International Relations. Prior to entering public service, Quinn spent two years as a volunteer teacher in American Samoa, worked as a marketing professional for an international consulting firm and, later, enjoyed a career as Realtor until entering the House.
Quinn resides in Doylestown with her husband, John, and is the proud mother to her two daughters, Maggie and Carolyn, and three stepchildren, Liz, Patrick and Christopher. She and John enjoy spoiling their granddaughter, Linley.