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2018 Women Candidates of PA

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Catherine “Kate” Harper

District: PA-61

Party Affiliation: Republican

Catherine “Kate” Harper

Representative Kate Harper is a devoted public servant focused on preserving the environment, improving transportation infrastructure, and protecting public safety. In her career, Harper has served as township supervisor in Lower Gwynedd Township, a solicitor to local governments, and a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. During her 18 years in the General Assembly, she has been a champion of infrastructure legislation ensuring the safety and efficiency of highways, bridges, and mass transit systems; she has expanded veteran access to counseling and other mental health services. Harper has, and continues to be a leader for environmental protection. Some of her achievements in this field include: tying funding generated from natural gas drilling to the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund and Environmental Stewardship Fund; creating a fee on trash sent to landfills; made $650 million in funding available for farmland preservation, open space and parks, and environmental projects, among others.

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