State Representative Aaron Kaufer represents the 120th Legislative District, which includes Courtdale, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty Fort, Kingston, Luzerne, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Pittston, West Wyoming and Wyoming boroughs, as well as Exeter, Jackson and Kingston townships in Luzerne County.
The 2017-18 legislative session marks Kaufer’s second term proudly serving the people of the 120th District. During this session, Kaufer was selected to be a member of the House Finance, Gaming Oversight, Health, and Human Services committees.
Kaufer is also serving a second term as a deputy policy chair of the Majority Policy Committee. As a member of this committee, he has the opportunity to work with colleagues to develop policies to address the issues that matter most of the citizens of Pennsylvania.
A Wyoming Valley native, Kaufer believes in a smaller and a more effective state government, which provides more power to the people of Pennsylvania. He is focused on eliminating the school property tax burden placed on Pennsylvania’s homeowners. His top priorities include workforce development, expanding job creation and economic development, addressing the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic, reforming the state’s bloated welfare system and making Pennsylvania more job friendly for the businesses that create them.
Before being elected to the state House, Kaufer managed his family’s businesses, and worked as a marketing representative for Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre. He also serves as a guest lecturer, focused on public policy and many related subjects.
From an early age, Kaufer has been working to serve others, and has been recognized for his community and civic work throughout the country. He has dedicated time to tutoring young students, refereeing basketball games, and volunteering at the Jewish Community Center. While in college, he devoted time serving at the Spring Garden Children’s Center, a program that works with under privileged, inner-city kids. For his work, he was named one of the region’s “Best and Brightest in Civics” by the Times Leader.
Kaufer is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and holds two degrees in Government and Law and International Affairs from Lafayette College.
He resides in Kingston, and is a member of Temple Israel.
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