Rep. Craig Staats of Richland Township, Bucks County, was elected to represent the 145th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November of 2014.
As a state representative, Staats’ aims to promote job growth through the adoption of business-friendly policies that will attract businesses to the Commonwealth and help them to thrive and grow. He also supports efforts to ease the property tax burden on Pennsylvania taxpayers and to improve public education by focusing greater control at the local level. Other legislative priorities include roads and bridge improvements in upper Bucks County and the preservation of open space.
For the 2017-18 legislative session, Staats will serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services, Education, Liquor Control and State Government committees.
Staats brings 32 years of business-related experience to the House including 25 years in the restaurant industry. He also worked as a business broker, conducting business sales and acquisitions and promoting business growth and job creation by matching entrepreneurs with business opportunities.
No stranger to public service, Staats has served as chairman of the Richland Township Board of Supervisors, the Richland Township Preservation Board, Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee, and he held a seat on the Richland Township Planning Commission. He also served as Judge of Elections in Richland, was president of Sweetbriar Homeowners Association and is a former youth sports coach. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Staats is active in his church and serves as an officer in the Knights of Columbus, St. Isidore Council.
A product of Central Bucks public schools and Johnson and Wales University, Staats earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. He lives in Richland Township in upper Bucks County with his wife, Robin. They have two adult sons, Dylan and Nicholas.
The 145th district includes the townships of East Rockhill, Milford, Richland, Springfield and West Rockhill, and the boroughs of Perkasie, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville and Trumbauersville.
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