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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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To all of you dedicated dads, I hope today brings you a very Happy Father’s Day!

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Thanks Pete same to you

3 weeks ago

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‪Moms Demand Action of the #LehighValley is hosting this event tonight. Let’s come together in our community to honor those who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence. And remember to #WearOrange. ‬ ... See MoreSee Less

‪Moms Demand Action of the #LehighValley is hosting this event tonight. Let’s come together in our community to honor those who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence. And remember to #WearOrange. ‬

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Come one, come all! And make sure you #WearOrange!

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I’ve been reminded a number of times today that it’s amazing to be an American. It’s amazing to be able to serve the community I love. And it’s all because of these individuals who came before us. ... See MoreSee Less

I’ve been reminded a number of times today that it’s amazing to be an American. It’s amazing to be able to serve the community I love. And it’s all because of these individuals who came before us.

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Thank you, Pete. Maybe this isn't the time or place, but I wanted to touch base with your office about something that many Americans are worried about recently. I know you are a wonderful family man and will want to look into this travesty: #WhereAreTheChildren How to Help Since the news hit that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) admitted to losing nearly 1,500 children in their custody, social media has been inundated with furious citizens demanding to know what happened to the children. Here’s what we’ve learned, and what you can do about it. What happened? One month ago, an official from DHS admitted under questioning in a congressional hearing that the agency could not account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors who arrived at the border, nearly 19% of the minors in their custody. Then on Monday, the news hit that the government is forcibly separating children from their families at the border. Then yesterday, the ACLU released a report with horrifying details as to the abuses that children in custody at the border are being subjected to. The outrage on social media has been festering but it blew over yesterday. #WhereAreTheChildren has been trending non-stop and people are desperate to make these issues widely known, and searching for ways to help. How you can help Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Their job is to conduct oversight of DHS–they must hold DHS accountable. Simply say, “I am outraged by how our government is treating children at the border. What is my Senator/Rep doing about this?” Find your Senators here. Find your Representative here. If you use 5 Calls to contact your reps, they have a script on their system for this issue already. The ACLU is gathering signatures to petition Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection to stop the government from abusing immigrant children. You can find the petition here. You can contact ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) directly. Write to them here or call them at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE. NEW: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recommended guidelines for human rights at international borders which you can read here. The reported actions our DHS is taking do not comply with these guidelines. You can contact the UN Office for Human Rights here. NEW: Amnesty International has been calling for an end to the U.S. policy of separating children at the border. Their call to action can be found at the end of this post here. NEW: Americans of Conscience has a list of 7 other U.S. officials who need to hear from us, plus a script to use. That list is here. DEVELOPING: There is a nascent effort to organize #WhereAreTheChildren marches for June 14. Check here for more information.

and we should all thank your dad, your mom and you for your dad's sacrifice and service.

4 weeks ago

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It’s happening June 1st! Make sure to wear orange! ... See MoreSee Less

It’s happening June 1st! Make sure to wear orange!
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