Bucks County Herald

Helen Tai takes seat in Pennsylvania House


Helen Tai introduces her first bill in Harrisburg the day she was sworn in.

Former Solebury Township Supervisor Helen Tai was sworn in to a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg Tuesday, June 5, and two hours later introduced her first bill.

“The people of Bucks County didn’t send me here to sit around and wait,” Tai stated.

Her “no budget, no pay” bill states that if the lawmakers do not pass a balanced budget on time by June 30, their salaries would be suspended.

“The single biggest obligation we have is to get a state budget that invests in good jobs and good schools passed – and to do it on time,” she said.

A Democrat, Tai won the May 15 special election in the 178th District to fill the remaining six months of GOP state Rep. Scott Petri’s term; he resigned in January.

Tai has hired Sharon Smith, a volunteer from her campaign, to be her chief of staff and Rachel Fingles, who will be her legislative assistant. Tai’s legislative assistant in Harrisburg is Holly Stimely (hstimely@pahouse.net).

Tai is running in November for a full two-year term and faces Republican Wendi Thomas of Northampton for the seat.

Meanwhile back in Solebury, the board of supervisors needs to fill Tai’s seat until the next election.
The board is interviewing candidates at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12; 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13; and 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, and expects to announce the new member at its June 19 meeting.


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