Everett seeks another term

State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, announced he is seeking another two-year term to serve in the General Assembly.

Everett, a Republican who represents the 84th House District, listed a number of issues that remain as unfinished business in Harrisburg.

He said he will continue to fight to bring legislation that ensures landowners are paid the proper amount of royalties by drilling companies for extracting natural gas on their properties.

“Another issue I want to pursue is cellular, broadband and high-speed internet access for rural areas of Pennsylvania like much of the 84th,” Everett said. “I have been to countries that are classified as ‘Third World’ that have better cellular and high-speed internet service in rural areas than we have here in much of rural Pennsylvania, and that’s just not right. School kids need high-speed internet to do their homework, many people need internet access for their jobs and increasingly all of us need it to interface with our banks, all levels of government and the world as a whole. There’s no reason that folks in rural areas should not have the same access as urban and suburban people do — we just need to make the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world do it — the technology exists.”

Everett said he is looking to assume a committee chairmanship.

He noted that eight of his colleagues serving as committee chairs are not seeking re-election, putting him in position for one of the spots.

“As a chairman, I will have ‘increased leverage’ to get things done not only for our district, but the commonwealth as a whole,” he said.

Everett continues to serve on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Game and Fisheries and Judiciary committees. He is vice chairman for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and serves on the board of directors. He also serves on the Chesapeake Bay Commission where he is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors. He serves on the board of directors of Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Williamsport Regional Airport.

Everett said he still enjoys being a lawmaker after 12 years in office, although the job is no less challenging than when he started.

“We don’t have earmarks anymore for projects,” he said. “We don’t have Walking Around Money (WAMS) anymore. Without that leverage, leadership finds it very difficult to get votes for what they are enamored with. And maybe that’s a good thing.”

Everett, a Lycoming County native, is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force, serving as a navigator on a KC-135 air refueling aircraft and in related air operations and other assignments.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, Garth attended and graduated from the Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law in 2000.

After law school, he and his family moved back home to Lycoming County where he practiced law, serving as the solicitor for many townships, boroughs, school districts and municipal authorities in the area.

He is married to the former Susan Shultz, of Montoursville. They are the parents of two grown daughters. They have two grandchildren.

“I feel confident that the years I’ve spent serving our community as a volunteer, municipal and school district solicitor and now as a state representative have provided me with a full understanding of the views and needs of the small towns and rural areas of the 84th,” Everett said, “To say it another way, I get who we are, I know our values and my voting record has and will reflect those values should the voters choose to return me for another term.”