A ninth generation Hanover-area resident, Representative Kate A. Klunk was elected to serve as the voice of the people of the newly created 169th Legislative District of southern York County on Nov. 4, 2014.
Bringing to Harrisburg clear understanding of the issues important to the families in southern York County, Kate’s mission as a lawmaker is to ensure state government is efficient, fiscally responsible, and places taxpayers first.
She intends to advocate for policies that restore fiscal discipline in state government; revitalize Pennsylvania’s business climate to create good, family-sustaining jobs; provide immediate and permanent property tax relief; fight against unnecessary tax increases on families, seniors, and businesses; improve the quality of our children’s educational opportunities; preserve the Commonwealth’s rich agricultural heritage; and protect the rights of private property owners.
For the 2017-18 legislative session, Kate is a deputy chair of the House Majority Policy Committee and serves on the standing committees on Gaming Oversight; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Labor and Industry; and Judiciary committees.
Prior to her election to the state House, Kate gained experience through her work in many facets of government.
She worked in the White House under President George W. Bush as a member of his National Economic Council team, where she researched and prepared national economic policy briefings for senior staff. Kate continued her tenure at the White House as a member of President Bush’s communications team. Prior to her time in the White House, Kate earned insight into the issues impacting the people of Pennsylvania as a congressional intern for Congressman Todd Platts.
Upon graduation from Hanover Senior High School as Class of 2000 valedictorian, Kate continued her education on an academic scholarship at Dickinson College. She graduated cum laude with degrees in economics, history, and public policy studies. She went on to earn her juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Kate is a 2013 graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a program that aims to increase the number and influence of Republican women in government, politics, and community leadership. She is also a member of the National Rifle Association and the Federalist Society.
An active member of her community, Kate has served as a member of the Main Street Hanover Steering Committee and the Main Street Hanover Promotions Committee, where she worked to develop and promote the economic vitality of the downtown Hanover business district. She is a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Hanover.
Kate is married to Jared Laird and the couple resides in Hanover Borough. As a private practice attorney, Kate counsels small businesses, individuals, educational institutions and corporations in employment matters.
The 169th District includes the townships of Codorus, Heidelberg, Manheim, Penn, Shrewsbury and West Manheim and the boroughs of Glen Rock, Hanover, Jefferson, New Freedom and Railroad.
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