Tom Killion (R-9) was sworn into office as the state senator representing the Ninth Senatorial District in Delaware and Chester counties in mid-may and hit the ground running.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) had high hopes for the freshman senator and former County Council chairman who transitioned from a career that included being the state representative from the 168th district and a former small business owner.
Scarnati said, “With his background in both the private sector and public service, he will certainly bring great perspective to the table.”
Scarnati is hoping that “perspective” will shine by appointing Killion to five standing committees: Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, State Government and Urban Affairs & Housing.
Killion said he will use his position on the committees to address key priorities like reducing the size of the legislature, protecting seniors from fraud, and encouraging community development.
On the local front, Killion celebrated Emergency Medical Services Week last week with a resolution to Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Company firefighters and EMTs for service to the community.
“Since formation of the (company) which was chartered June 7, 1922, it has provided area residents with quality service, answering the call in all types of emergency situations. It’s important (to) recognize their daily contributions and the risks they face to keep us safe,” he said.
He also voted last week for Senate Resolution 376 that designated May 15th through 21st as “Emergency Medical Services Week” and Senate Resolution 377 that designated May 18th as “EMS for Children Day” in Pennsylvania.
By week’s end, Killion announced seven municipalities in his district will receive nearly $800,000 in state grants to improve area intersections and increase traffic safety.
Communities receiving the grants through PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program are Aston Township, Brookhaven Borough, Chadds Ford Township, Edgemont Township, Upper Chichester Township, East Goshen Township, and Kennett Township.
“These grants will help improve traffic flow and safety on roadways in our region,” Killion said, by underwriting the costs of upgrading traffic signals. Grants can be used for installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.