State Rep. Joe Emrick is serving his fourth term in office as the 137th Legislative District’s voice in the General Assembly, having first been elected in 2010.
Emrick authored House Bill 1278, which became law as Act 19 of 2016. The legislation allows television broadcasts or video images to be displayed in a vehicle as long as the images are not visible to the operator of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion. The bill brought Pennsylvania up to date by allowing our automobile dealers to sell cars that included this advanced technology.
For the 2017-18 legislative session, Rep. Emrick will be a member of the following four committees: Consumer Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Professional Licensure (vice-chairman), and Tourism and Recreational Development. He has also been appointed to serve as a majority deputy whip. In this position, he is charged with keeping Majority Whip Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County informed about problems that members may have, or issues that might have an effect on the legislative agenda and on the caucus as a whole.
Thanks to his support for the job creating small business people of Pennsylvania, Joe was named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business for the 2015-16 session. He also earned the endorsement of other groups interested in the continued economic growth and fiscal health of our state, as well as the protection of taxpayers.
Prior to serving as representative, Joe was a nationally-recognized educator and was honored by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge for his innovative teaching concepts of entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system. Joe was also given the Excellence in Education Award by Lower Moreland School District. Before working in Lower Moreland, he taught history in the Stroudsburg and the Pleasant Valley school districts.
A native of the Slate Belt, Joe is a graduate of Bangor High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Lycoming College, where he was an Academic All-American football player. Joe also earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in Social Studies from Kutztown University.
Joe's experience in government stems from his tenure as chairman of the board of supervisors in Upper Nazareth Township, where he led efforts to streamline and improve essential government services, such as increased police coverage, improved infrastructure and preserved open space. He also cut real property taxes 7 percent while eliminating debt and bringing more transparency to local government. Prior to his service in Upper Nazareth Township, Joe also served as a commissioner in Salisbury Township.
Joe and his family attend Calvary Baptist Church. He is active in his local community as a board member of Cornerstone Counseling Ministries and a member of the Nazareth YMCA.
Joe lives in Upper Nazareth Township with his wife, Christine, and two children, Olivia and Zoey.
The 137th District consists of the townships of Forks, Lower Mount Bethel, parts of Palmer (Middle 1, Upper East & Upper West), Upper Mount Bethel, Upper Nazareth, and Washington; and the boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Nazareth, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown and Tatamy.
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