State Rep. Irvin announces re-election bid

State Rep. Richard Irvin of the 81st Legislative District announced his bid for re-election, pledging to be a defender of conservative principles.

“The people of the 81st District can count on my conservative voting record,” said Irvin, a Republican, in a press release. “I have gone to Harrisburg and done exactly what I campaigned on four years ago. I have stood up for our unborn children, protected out Second Amendment rights and been proactive in an education agenda that puts our children first, parents in charge and allows our teachers to teach.”

“We need to rein in our state in overregulation and continue to push legislation designed to reduce the more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions on the books that stretch across every industry and send a message that Pennsylvania is open for business,” Irvin added.

Irvin was first elected to the House in 2014 and serves on the agriculture and rural affairs, human services, insurance and local government committees.

The Republican candidate said he will continue to push for an agenda that is “pro-growth, pro-job creation and limited government” if elected for another term. According to Irvin, the most important issue in the district is “family-sustaining job creation.”

Prior to his state representative position, Irvin served as the Huntingdon County treasurer for 18 years. He is also the past president of Huntingdon County United Way and acted as a board member of the Center for Community Action, an agency that covers Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties.

Irvin attended Juniata Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

He lives with his wife, Jamie, and their four children in Spruce Creek Township.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.