Inspired in my early teens by the life of former President George H. W. Bush, I knew early on that public service and involvement in the governing process would play a large role in my career choice. I graduated with a Political Science degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2013. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Pennsylvania and began working in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
I was initially hired to work as a Legislative Aide; however, I was quickly promoted to Legislative Director for State Representative Seth Grove. As a Legislative Director, it was my responsibility to research and draft public policy solutions while advocating for their passage into law.
During my seven years working for Representative Grove, I played a key part in the passage of several pieces of legislation. In the most recent legislative session, four different bills that I drafted became law. The most notable of these is Act 1 and Act 77 of 2020.
Act 1 of 2020, also known as the Buyer Beware Act, addressed the problem of Human Trafficking, which, simply put, is modern-day slavery. Act 1 significantly increased criminal penalties for individuals caught trafficking another human or patronizing a victim of trafficking. This included doubling prison time and increasing fines from $500 to between $25,000 to $100,000.
Act 77 of 2020 was enacted into law when Governor Wolf backed off his veto threat and let Act 77 lapse into law after being unanimously passed by the legislature. Governor Wolf’s opposition to the bill was due to the fact it would require the administration to release, upon request, all of the data and models used for the decisions made during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.
It is this approach of obtaining results that I am excited to bring to PACB, and I look forward to working with each of you to advance the priorities of community bankers throughout the commonwealth.
Building off our successes during the 2019-2020 legislative session, the association will work to foster greater opportunities to forge strong working partnerships between our members and their elected officials. Additionally, we will continue working to pass critical legislation to protect the Banking Fund from being raided by the Wolf Administration and the General Assembly.
At the same time, we are committed to strengthening FirstPAC because of the important role it plays in PACB’s advocacy efforts throughout 2021. FirstPAC is the only political action committee that serves to promote the interest of the community banks and helps to foster important legislative partnerships to ensure the industry remains independent, prosperous, and strong.
I look forward to meeting each of you in person after the pandemic subsides, and I am excited at the opportunity to join an incredible team and work on behalf of our members, who are the economic backbone of their communities. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out either by email at Jordan@pacb.org or by phone at 717-231-7447 if you have any regulatory or legislative concerns.