Burns serves as deputy chairman of caucus

State Rep. Frank Burns has begun serving in the newly created role of deputy chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Burns, D-Johnstown, said his selection as someone tasked with running caucus meetings in the absence of Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, shows that House Democrats are interested in allowing a cross-section of viewpoints to be heard and given consideration in the crafting of policy and legislation.

“As a Democrat who’s conservative on social and fiscal issues, I may not always be in lockstep with Representative McClinton and many others with whom I share the caucus meeting room,” Burns said. “But on the matters where we do agree — such as being pro-labor, pro-working families and pro-economic development — we can and should find common ground.”