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About Chris

 

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CHRIS PIELLI for PA State Representative 156th District.

Public Service

I've built my career around service to our country and community starting with serving in the U.S. Army to my current service as State Representative for HD156.  I’m an attorney by trade barred in NY, NJ, and PA but I have been a soldier, a teacher, a Correctional Counselor/Officer, Veteran’s advocate, and more. Most importantly, I am a husband and father.  Long ago I pledged to support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and I am resolved to make that pledge again to all of you. As your State Representative I will continue fighting with every fiber of my being to give us a living wage, protect our environment, our voting rights, a woman’s right to choose, our local economy, your children's education, and a citizen’s right to enjoy the equal protection of the law no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion, because Government that doesn’t work for everyone inevitably will not work for anyone.

Being elected as your State Representative in 2022 was one of the proudest moments of my life. I am extremely grateful for the overwhelming support our campaign received. During the campaign I promised that I would give everything I could for every constituent in my district, regardless of political affiliation. It was a promise I made and a promise, I believe, I kept. As such, I am proud to announce my candidacy for re-election as State Representative for House District 156.

2023 was a challenging but productive year. For the first time in 12 years, Democrats controlled the House by a humble one seat majority, and despite many partisan roadblocks, passed over 200 bills including increased childcare tax credits, increased spending for public education and student mental health, universal free breakfast for all K-12 students, a property tax/rent rebate raise, and more. In addition, we added $898 million to our rainy-day fund showing that we can deliver on key priorities while remaining fiscally responsible by producing a balanced budget. I had four bills pass the House in my rookie year with overwhelming bi-partisan support including HB 1278, Renewing and Amending the Wiretap Act, which was recently signed into law by Governor Shapiro.

Unfortunately, of the 200+ bills that passed the House, 165 have been blocked by the Republican controlled Senate. These blocked bills include a long overdue Minimum Wage increase, Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Relief, Nursing & Patient Relief, the Fairness Act for LGBTQ+ equality, a Constitutional right to join a union, Cost of Living increase for our retirees, common sense gun legislation, and more. The 2024 election will determine what kind of Pennsylvania and Country we want to be for future generations. Major issues like Women’s Reproductive rights, Equality for all citizens despite their sexual orientation or identification, and the continuation of our Republic, as we know it, are at stake.

Background

Chris is a longtime resident of Chester County.  He returned to West Chester after serving honorably in the U.S. Army, where he completed the U.S. Army Airborne Course (Paratrooper Course) and received two Army Commendation Medals during his service.  With help from the GI bill, Chris attended Temple University Law School after getting married and while working full-time.  During this time, he worked primarily at the Chester County Prison, and served both as a Correctional Officer and later as a Correctional Counselor.  As an attorney, Chris served as a part-time Chester County Public Defender for five years while also establishing his own practice.

Chris is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.  He has served as an arbitrator for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas arbitration panel and as a Court appointed attorney for guardianship matters.  He has successfully completed the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute courses in Zoning and Community Planning.  As a West Goshen Township Supervisor, Chris served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force Committee in addition to Board liaison member to the Planning Commission and the Parks & Recreation Committee.  As a Supervisor, Chris is proud of the fact that he helped pass balanced budgets with huge surpluses each year of his tenure. In 2019 Chris was elected as Chester County Recorder of Deeds where he reduced filing fees and costs, raised record revenue, and improved and innovated his office in many ways.  Most notably, Chris’ office continued operating throughout the pandemic delivering much needed revenue to all our County municipalities and school districts to include over $9 million in net County revenue which helped support our local economy.  In 2022 Chris was elected as your State Representative and serves on the Judiciary (Secretary), Commerce (Chair of the Automation & Technology Sub-Committee), Games & Fisheries, Environmental Resources & Energy, and the Veteran Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees. 

    

As a veteran, Chris is proud to have worked for the non-profit Chester County OIC Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program as the Program’s Director, helping to employ many local veterans.  He continued to aid our financially challenged residents as the Program Coordinator for the Chester County OIC Workforce Reintegration Program and the Business Outreach Coordinator for the OIC Career Corps program.  He attributes much of his success to the strong support of his wife of twenty-seven years, Christine. They are the proud parents of two wonderful children and consider themselves blessed to live in Chester County.

 

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