Schmitt seeking a second term

State Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, will seek a second term representing the 79th District.

“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to represent and to be an advocate for the people of the city of Altoona, Logan and Allegheny townships, and it is with a great sense of humility that I ask them to again place their confidence in me as their state representative,” Schmitt said in a release.

Schmitt was elected in 2016 after incumbent John McGinnis decided not to seek re-election.

During his first term in the General Assembly, Schmitt was the prime sponsor of at least a dozen bills, including legislation on highway safety, public pension reforms, enhanced criminal penalties for spitting on police officers and requiring public hearings on potential school construction or renovation projects.

Schmitt has also co-sponsored nearly 400 other pieces of legislation.

More than $6 million has been committed by the commonwealth to the 79th District since Schmitt became state representative.

“These investments by the commonwealth in Altoona and Blair County represent our own hard-earned tax dollars being brought back home in order to improve our local economy and enhance the lives of our local citizens,” Schmitt said in a release.

Schmitt has vowed to vote against any legislation that would tax pensions; to work against unneeded state rules and regulations; to push for improvements in transportation and the business environment; and to provide an array of educational opportunities, including early childhood through 12th grade education, vocational technical, higher education and workforce development.

As promised, he has refused the taxpayer-financed pension and per diems.