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Meet Peter!

Born in 1978 in Allentown to John and Georgette Schweyer, Peter grew up as a working class kid in Center City.

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I have worked tirelessly to represent you, the citizens of Allentown, in Harrisburg. I have been a strong voice for our city and our school district. And I have never forgotten that at the end of the day, I am still that working class kid from Center City.

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An Important Message From Peter Schweyer

Statement: Inappropriate Sexual Behavior and the General Assembly’s Responsibility
I read with great disgust the recent media reports detailing inappropriate sexual behavior by members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The victims deserve our support for their bravery in approaching this incredibly difficult subject head on. They, along with every resident of Pennsylvania, have my commitment that we as elected Representatives will dramatically change the culture and rules in Harrisburg. We can no longer enable legislators who prey on others and we can no longer use taxpayer dollars to conceal their actions.

As a member of the House Ethics Committee, I cannot comment on any specific member or incident.
However, I will unequivocally state three specific points:

  1. We must establish clear guidelines for victims to report incidents that protect their privacy and prevent workplace retaliation;
  2. Taxpayer dollars should never be used to pay for the appalling personal behavior of individual members, and I strongly support legislation being drafted that would end this practice;
  3. The Bi-Partisan House Ethics Committee must be empowered to review each and every claim brought forward against a member of the House and be allowed the authority to recommend appropriate action.

Americans are no longer staying silent about hostile work environments and abhorrent behaviors in the workplace. The Pennsylvania Legislature has a moral responsibility to not only make these necessary changes but to take a leadership role in creating an environment welcoming to our employees and the public at large.

It is well past the time that we lawmakers take a stand on behalf of the victims, employees, taxpayers and public at large and declare that those in power can never use their position to abuse.

Rep. Schweyer calls President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program cruel and irresponsible.

DACA was authorized in 2012 by then President Obama as a compromise between his administration and Congress after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed. DACA provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” who pass vetting so they may live, study and work legally in the only country they know as home.

“My neighbors of all diverse backgrounds and nationalities contribute to the fabric of Allentown, Pennsylvania and America. When we go to each other’s barbecues on our block, I don’t ask them their status. Why? Because we’re one community. We should be embracing our diversity. It’s high time for the federal government to take a stand on behalf of basic human decency,” said Schweyer.

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Rep. Schweyer congratulates Yorman De La Rosa on his mission to help others in the world. Yorman heads to Morocco via the PeaceCorps where he will live and work in cooperation with partnering organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects to improve the lives of the people in Morocco and as a way to develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills.  Read More.

Statement: Allentown Mayor Should Resign

August 2017

“As someone born and raised in the city of Allentown, someone who has dedicated my entire adult life serving the people of my city and is proud to follow in the footsteps of my father and his 33 years serving the city of Allentown, I am truly dismayed and saddened. Ed Pawlowski should tender his resignation as mayor immediately if he truly values Allentown and its people.

City Hall needs to be a place government works to move Allentown forward so it can remain an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.”

Statement Regarding August 12 th Domestic Terror Attack and Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 19, 2017 

“Like so many people on August 12th and in the days that followed, I took to Twitter. There I expressed my outrage at the Neo-Nazis and those leaders who encourage them, offered my sincere sympathy for those who died and restated my commitment to be part of the solution to America’s racial divide. But honestly, I had more to say.

First and foremost, the unspeakable hate, racism and violence expressed in Charlottesville by Neo-Nazis, the KKK, White Supremacist and other members of the ‘alt-right’ are disgusting and reprehensible. Those people and organizations that espouse those beliefs are un-American and must be defeated if we are ever able to move forward as one nation.

Further, Americans who are on the right side of unity, compassion, love and respect must soundly rebuke President Donald J. Trump, those in his Administration, members of Congress and others in positions of power who give quarter to the forces of racism, hatred and bigotry. As Elie Wiesel once said, we must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

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Peter Schweyer

‪We CAN take action. We CAN honor those who have been victims. June 1st in Allentown at the Arts Park. ... See MoreSee Less

‪We CAN take action. We CAN honor those who have been victims. June 1st in Allentown at the Arts Park.

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I want to congratulate my good friend and the Democratic nominee in the PA-7 Congressional District, Susan Wild. It’s a long road to November, but I have confidence that Susan will prevail. Let’s keep moving forward! ... See MoreSee Less

I want to congratulate my good friend and the Democratic nominee in the PA-7 Congressional District, Susan Wild. It’s a long road to November, but I have confidence that Susan will prevail. Let’s keep moving forward!

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congrats SUSAN KEEP IT UP

5 days ago

Peter Schweyer

We’ve got ALL the Election Day donuts being delivered to polling locations in the 22nd District. My sincere thanks to the dedicated poll workers who take the time to help oversee our democratic process. ... See MoreSee Less

We’ve got ALL the Election Day donuts being delivered to polling locations in the 22nd District. My sincere thanks to the dedicated poll workers who take the time to help oversee our democratic process.

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Ohhh MaryAnn‘s

Not just any donuts either! The best donuts!!

Good luck today!

6 days ago

Peter Schweyer

I am honored during this election cycle to have been endorsed by the PSEA - PA State Education Association and Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. I will never stop fighting for these professional and public educators who contribute to the fabric of each and every community in our Commonwealth. Thank you for your trust and your endorsement. ... See MoreSee Less

I am honored during this election cycle to have been endorsed by the PSEA - PA State Education Association and   Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. I will never stop fighting for these professional and public educators who contribute to the fabric of each and every community in our Commonwealth. Thank you for your trust and your endorsement.

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I would never endorse you....what happened to your mayor buddy...you dropped him hard...to much of a hot potato for you...at least some supporters right or wrong supported ex mayor to the end....i see you support more illegals....keep it up you will be in a sanctuary city soon. You need common sense taxes not more non paying citizens...how does that help tax base...it doesnt...endorsing you is a wasted endorsement....

All you democrats can kiss my ass this primary. You are all nothing but sanctuary gun grabing socialist.

Congratulations

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