A staunch advocate for improving education, healthcare, and economic development in our district, Rep. Wheatley has written or sponsored several bills that changed the landscape in Western Pennsylvania, and in our own neighborhoods.
He created a bill which led to the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s report on after-school programs in Pennsylvania. For this and other words in education, The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network awarded the Rep with an Afterschool Champion award.
Rep. Wheatley fought Corbett’s proposal for food stamp asset tests, and he helped to bring the first supermarket to the Hill District in 30 years (Shop ‘n Save at Centre Heldman Plaza ).
Rep. Wheatley introduced resolutions recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Day in PA, National HIV Testing Day in PA, and World AIDS Day in PA – all to raise awareness about the disease and educate our citizens on health issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.
He introduced a package of minority-and-women-owned business contracting bills including H.B. 85, which was designed to improve the participation of minorities, women, and the disadvantaged in state contracts and purchasing.
Rep. Wheatley also co-sponsored PACE expansion legislation, which allows 141,000 more seniors to receive the service. Rep. Wheatley urged Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission to approve then Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposed shift of funding to mass transit. They did, which kept transit agencies running. Rep. Wheatley also urged Gov. Rendell to veto a bill that would put up barriers to voting for many senior citizens, low-income citizens and minority citizens in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Wheatley is one of the most active representatives and he will continue to advocate on behalf of residents in the 19th District.