Jeanne McNeill, with an overwhelming endorsement by the Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership, accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel McNeill.
The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships and Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.
A stunned public reacted to the Sept. 8 death of State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, many of them unaware the 70-year-old Hokendauaqua resident had been battling cancer, carrying out his work without interruption and with determination and a smile.
House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28th, and Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-33rd, issued the following statement jointly Sept. 8:
State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, surrounded by family and friends, announced he is seeking re-election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a seat he has held for the past two terms. The kick-off announcement was held at Palace Pizza, Hokendauqua, Jan. 27.
During his re-election announcement, McNeill said paychecks for legislators should be put on the back burner if a state budget fails to pass by June 30. He said for the second time, he has proposed legislation on this matter.