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Spotlight

Spotlight

Welcome to the Future Fund Spotlight!  This is a new feature that shines a spotlight on people making a difference in Pennsylvania politics.  Each month, we will select an individual or group that Future Fund members should know about. We are excited to keep our members informed.  If you would like to submit someone that you feel should be spotlighted, please let us know.

Spotlight: February 2017

Spotlight: Senator Ryan Aument

Ryan-Aument

Name: Ryan Aument

District:  36th Senatorial

Date Elected:  Nov. 2014

Note:  Previously served 2 terms in House of Representatives, 41st House District

 

What made you decide to run for the House/Senate?

I decided to run previously for the House and in 2014 for the Senate because I have seen firsthand the erosion of opportunity in Pennsylvania for individuals, families, businesses and industry.  I want to be a state leader that manages government in ways that promote a true opportunity society, which is built on strong families, vibrant communities, excellent schools and the free enterprise system.  I want to champion policies to accomplish those goals.

 

What do you find most rewarding about being a state legislator?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is making a genuine difference.  That often happens at the individual level – through individuals or businesses that have difficulty navigating the bureaucracy of state government.  It also happens through the successful enactment of laws that address systemic problems preventing Pennsylvania and our people from flourishing.  There is nothing more satisfying than transforming our Commonwealth for the betterment of people, businesses and industries.

 

Whom do you admire in politics?

I admire William Wilberforce who persevered and fought over many decades to end the slave trade in the British Empire as well as the leadership of Winston Churchill, who was a voice calling out from the wilderness during the 1930s warning of the rise and dangers of fascism. I also admire the work of Jack Kemp, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio who positively advocate for upward economic mobility and earned success for all Americans.

 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting involved in politics?

For people to find success in politics, they must be willing to challenge the existing political systems and entrenched special interests that over time have prevented substantive reforms from being advanced.  Examples include the delivery of educational services, the state monopoly liquor system, and reforming other state government programs to contain costs and promote efficiencies.  They must be also be able to withstand the strong headwinds that will blow back when the status-quo is challenged.

 

What is your proudest political accomplishment in elective office so far?

On an individual level, my proudest accomplishments include helping each person who needs assistance from my district.  There is nothing more rewarding than meeting the needs of the people who elected me.  On the macro level, I was proud to advance and enact Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive statewide teacher evaluation system which will ensure that our best teachers remain in front of students, which is the most effective way of improving student outcomes.

 

Who is your favorite character is a television show, movie or book? And is it someone you relate to, admire or strive to be?

I am a fan of one of Pennsylvania’s finest actors, Jimmy Stewart movies. Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite and a must-see at least once a year for me. Bailey’s character exudes selflessness and love for his community and is something that I believe reflects the most important traits of genuine, value-driven leadership that I work hard to reflect in my service to the people I represent.

 


Spotlight: Representative Martina White

 

Martina White

General info: Name: Representative Martina White
District: 170th Date Elected: March 24, 2015

What made you decide to run for the House/Senate?
I decided to run for State Representative because I knew I could have a positive impact on people. As a financial advisor I saw the struggles families faced and how important good paying jobs are to their ability to afford a quality education for their children, plan for their retirement, and pay off debt. Running for office is a rewarding career and fits very well with my background of serving others.
What do you find most rewarding about being a state legislator?
As a state legislator I’m able to help constituents find solutions to issues they are facing. Seeing friends and neighbors leave our office happy because we were able to help them is the most rewarding aspect of my career.
Whom do you admire in politics?
State Representative John Taylor who I believe is the most well respected legislator in all of Pennsylvania. He works extremely hard and has for decades all for the benefit of his constituents. He has been able to bridge the divide when it comes to partisan politics. John Taylor taught me to implement strategies and find solutions that are agreeable to members on both sides of the isle that also benefit people across our great commonwealth.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting involved in politics?
If you are looking to get your foot in the door of the political world I recommend you contact the local political party headquarters you affiliate with and learn how to get involved with a campaign, run for office yourself, or even get introduced to politicians by volunteering in their office.
What is your proudest political accomplishment in elective office so far?
Passing house bill 1538 successfully through the House with bipartisan support to protect the lives of those who protect us. With this bill officers who discharge their service weapon would no longer have their names disclosed by our public officials until the investigation is complete. This gives time for facts to be sorted out and to keep the officers’ and their families safe from unjust public retribution.
Who is your favorite character in a television show, movie or book? And is it someone you relate to, admire or strive to be?
Veep’s Selina Meyer’s although there are many faults we could all point to with this character and her policies. I admire her for being herself, for her strong will to achieve something great, and her witty sense of humor.