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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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19 hours ago

Peter Schweyer

This coming school year is upon us. Let us always keep in mind the teachers, school counselors, administrative staff, bus drivers and everyone who is there for children in our community throughout the school year. Many thanks for all you do for our youth.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Educators across Pennsylvania are preparing for a new school year, creating learning spaces that will welcome, educate, inspire, and empower students every single day.

Join us in celebrating our educators so they know just how much they are appreciated. ❤️
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2 days ago

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We live in such a diverse community here in Allentown. Thats why I truly love this city. And that’s why it was such an honor for me to attend this year’s Lehigh Valley PRIDE festival. It’s always amazing to talk to individuals in our community about what issues are important to them, and how we can get even better collectively as a city. My good friend, Mike Schlossberg, and I will continue fighting for, day in and day out, every single citizen in the City of Allentown. ... See MoreSee Less

We live in such a diverse community here in Allentown. Thats why I truly love this city. And that’s why it was such an honor for me to attend this year’s Lehigh Valley PRIDE festival. It’s always amazing to talk to individuals in our community about what issues are important to them, and how we can get even better collectively as a city. My good friend, Mike Schlossberg, and I will continue fighting for, day in and day out, every single citizen in the City of Allentown.

5 days ago

Peter Schweyer

This week, I had the opportunity to learn more about the future of the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), hosted by St. Luke's University Health Network. I love this program as it improves the lives of at-risk kids and moms, prenatal and after birth. These community nurses that walk moms through pregnancy and delivery save lives and make sure that kids get a great, healthy and safe start to life.

This program is the absolute best example of an “ounce of prevention”. Not only does this program improve lives, it saves millions of dollars in healthcare costs. This year, because of additional funding in the Pennsylvania State Budget, NFP is able to hire another nurse impacting another 25 moms and their children. This, right here, is how we can truly and positively impact individuals’ healthcare for the better.
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Nurses are like angels they are the best

6 days ago

Peter Schweyer

The level of gun violence in our nation has reached catastrophic proportions. Thinking of the Philly police officers tonight and hoping for a quick resolution. I also pledge to all victims of gun violence that I will keep up my efforts to reduce gun violence in our communities. #EnoughIsEnough ... See MoreSee Less

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And you have been doing a great job so far. Best thing you can do: resign from office. I survived a violent crime that had nothing to do with guns. What about those victims? You only jump when you can gain something from it. Next election for you.will be the last. You are another Anti-American, tyrannical dictator. America loving Republicans will defeat you.

The gun god death cult, with its fetishistic interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, will oppose all efforts to do anything.

Thanks Pete. Enough is enough. When foreign countries are warning their citizens that traveling to the US can be dangerous; we know that we have a very serious gun problem. Numbers don’t lie. Keep up the fight to protect our citizens!

Btw: posts that are only text are ignored by FB algorithms. So are hashtags. You know nothing about social media.

I don't see a solution to this problem 🙁

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  • If you cant have fun at the prcplehighvalleypa parade you
    3 weeks ago by peter_schweyer If you can’t have fun at the  @prcplehighvalleypa  parade, you can’t have fun! So thankful for the amazing reception, the great fun and the friendship from all involved  #Allentown   #puertoricanparade 
  • My crazy Dutchie daughter picks turkey and mashed potatoes while
    4 weeks ago by peter_schweyer My crazy Dutchie daughter picks turkey and mashed potatoes while at the Reading Terminal Market LOL
  • In Philly today for a House Liquor Control Committee about
    4 weeks ago by peter_schweyer ‪In  #Philly  today for a House Liquor Control Committee about legislation proposing to convert Hotel licenses to traditional Restaurant licenses. Fun fact: Deja Vu has a Hotel license. Unlikely that this bill would impact Deja Vu but it’s getting my wheels spinning. ‬
  • Today Im up in Carbondale Lackawanna County for a hearing
    1 month ago by peter_schweyer Today I’m up in Carbondale, Lackawanna County for a hearing hosted by Rep Bridget Kosierowski about Renewable Energy.
  • About a dozen House Democrats from the Ohio Boarder to
    1 month ago by peter_schweyer About a dozen House Democrats from the Ohio Boarder to the New Jersey Boarder are in Allentown for a hearing on Career and Technical Education at the IBEW 375 Hall. Thanks to  @RepMikeSturla  and the  @PADemPolicy  Cmte for being here.