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Nine NFIB members now serving in Pennsylvania House and Senate
Pat Stefano, owner of family printing shop, takes oath of office in Pa. Senate
Jason Ortitay, entrepreneur with cheesecake company, takes oath in state House
(HARRISBURG) January 6, 2015 – Two Pennsylvania business owners, members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), were sworn into office today as members of the Pa. General Assembly. Pat Stefano, owner of Stefano’s Printing in Somerset County, will serve the 32th state Senate district. Jason Ortitay, owner of Jason’s Cheesecake Company in Allegheny County, will serve the 46th state House district.
"When you own a small business it’s easy to see how government can create barriers to economic growth, business expansion and job creation," said Kevin Shivers, executive director of NFIB. "Pat Stefano and Jason Ortitay decided to do something about that by winning seats in the General Assembly.
"Pat runs a third generation family business and he will bring his business savvy to the legislature. Jason is from a family of small business owners who started his own company. Both will bring a fresh perspective to the Senate and House.
"Knowing how to run a small business takes many talents and much juggling. It takes negotiation and thinking outside the box. It takes overcoming odds. These new lawmakers will bring all those skills to the job," said Shivers.
Other NFIB members, business owners, elected to the state legislature include Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon Co.), Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York Co.), Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler Co.), Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland Co.), Rep. Stan Saylor (York Co.), Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike Co.), and Rep. Tom Sankey (R-Clearfield Co.).
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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom