Born in 1978 in Allentown to John and Georgette Schweyer, Peter grew up as a working class kid in Center City. John was a proud Allentown City worker for 33 years and Georgette worked in a number of different roles including pre-K teacher and nurse’s aide while finding time to volunteer at Peter’s elementary school. He was elected as State Representative, representing Lehigh County (specifically portions of the City of Allentown) in 2014. Since he was sworn in, he led the successful fight to maintain funding for Allentown’s 911 center, served on a bi-partisan commission to craft Pennsylvania’s historic medical marijuana law and helped to secure an additional $6 million for the Allentown School District.
In addition, Schweyer authored legislation that would protect transit workers and passengers, deregulate certain aspects of Allentown’s craft wine and beer industry and make the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program fairer for seniors.
This is not his first foray into elected office, as he served nearly six years as a member of Allentown City Council, including a stint as Council President. His accomplishments as a councilman include reforming the city’s finances and pension, creating a highly gun buyback program, crafting the City’s comprehensive anti-graffiti law and championing initiatives to address blight and reclaim our neighborhoods.
He attended Elementary School and Middle School at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Sienna (Now St. John Vianney) and graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. He then graduated from Penn State University with an Honors Degree in Political Science.
After graduation, he joined the Teach Philadelphia program and for a short while taught 7 th grade math and science at Shoemaker Elementary School in West Philadelphia. He returned home to the Lehigh Valley when his father became ill.
He and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2005 and live in the same South Allentown home that they purchases a few months after they were married. Jennifer is a certified elementary school teacher and currently serves as an early childhood educator.
They are blessed to have two wonderful daugthers, Sarah and Erin, both of who attend Lehigh Parkway Elementary School in the Allentown School District. The family enjoys watching baseball games and Penn State Football games, enjoying time on the Lehigh River and eating as much ice cream as possible.
Schweyer serves on several community organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in Allentown and surrounding communities, most notably the LANTA Board of Directors where he served as Board Chairman for two years.
He was named a 20 Under 40 by the East Penn Business Journal (now known as Lehigh Valley Business) in 2011.