Wheeland seeks re-election

Jeff Wheeland

State Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, has announced he is seeking re-election to the 83rd state legislative seat.

Wheeland, a Republican, said he has enjoyed his time in office and looks forward to once again representing people of the district.

“I enjoy the constituent service more than anything else,” he said.

Wheeland, a former Lycoming County commissioner, noted he is ready to focus on several issues.

“As representative, I have worked hard to keep the promises I made and to truly listen to the people of Lycoming County,” he said. “I am happy that, in the short time I have been in Harrisburg, we are making progress, but there is still more I want to accomplish to help local residents.”

He said he considers what is right for the people he serves rather than involving himself in partisan politics.

Wheeland noted, as a commissioner, he brought a strong record of fiscal conservatism, stood up for property owners and has made working for taxpayers his focus while in Harrisburg.

“I promised to stop this governor’s disastrous agenda of massive income and sales tax increases that didn’t provide property tax relief, and I kept that promise,” Wheeland said. “I also continue to work for bipartisan solutions that will provide further homestead and farmstead tax relief.”

Wheeland pointed to public pension reform and record state funding for basic education as two accomplishments that help taxpayers as well as address the priorities of local residents.

“The historic public pension reform I supported will help save taxpayers billions of dollars in the long run and address a looming issue for our state and school districts,” Wheeland said. “By supporting historic funding for school districts, we are doing more to provide a quality education to our children and helping ease the burden for property taxpayers.”

Wheeland said a challenging aspect of his job can be reaching a consensus on any particular issue.

“Pennsylvania is just so diverse, in its geography, with its needs and wants,” he explained.

He feels his most important job is helping people in his district.

“From driver’s licenses to birth certificates and everything in between, my staff and I work hard to provide residents with professional, courteous service that helps them,” he said.

Wheeland noted he is a former businessman who now devotes himself full time to being a legislator.

A lifelong resident of Lycoming County, he is an avid hunter and fisherman and has volunteered with various civic groups throughout his adult life.