Monroeville – December 6, 2019 – State Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that he would seek another term as State Senator representing the 45th District.
“For the last decade, we have reached out and helped men and women in communities throughout the region,” Brewster said. “From new jobs, investments in education, advances in health care, and help for working men and women, seniors, veterans, and children, we have taken many steps forward, but the race is not over, our job is not done, and we can go even further.
Brewster made the re-election announcement before a large crowd of supporters in the council chambers in Monroeville.
The 45th Senatorial District stretches from the South Hills and Mon Valley through eastern Allegheny County into portions of the Allegheny Valley and Westmoreland County.
“The district has a large geographic footprint, the communities are diverse, and the people are strong, vibrant and energized, yet there are challenges to overcome,” Brewster said. “We have made progress and have had success, but it is time to build up and out on the strong foundation that’s been established.”
Brewster was elected to the State Senate in 2010 following years as mayor and member of council and council president in McKeesport. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Previously, Brewster was Vice President of Operations for Mellon Bank.
“Through our efforts we have produced tens of millions of dollars for economic development, education, job training, plus safety and security for communities throughout the region,” Brewster said. “No stone has been left unturned in the effort to bring state resources back to our area.
“I’ve worked with citizens and elected officials from across the region to ensure that we get our fair share and that all voices are heard.”
A recent publication highlighted the more than $15 million in grants that Brewster helped steer to local projects and municipalities over the last two years.
Brewster has also been active in addressing the needs of individuals, fighting poverty, and bringing services to communities. Brewster’s office has hosted recent events to spur access to health insurance, fight opioid abuse, educate students about financial aid opportunities, and connect veterans to state and federal help.
“Public service is about reaching out and meeting the needs of those you represent,” Brewster said.
At the announcement, Brewster said that education, economic development, job creation, school safety, environmental protection, help for working men and women would “remain among his top priorities” in his next term.
Brewster has been an advocate and leader in the development of the final phase of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and recently secured millions of dollars to fund Tube City Center and the Great Allegheny Passage. In addition, he has played an active role in securing state resources for road and bridge repairs, including U.S. Route 22 and PA Route 286 among others.
In Harrisburg, Brewster has been recognized for his leadership on education, environmental, game and fisheries, and transportation issues.
Recently, he helped lead a bipartisan effort to permit Sunday hunting on a limited number of days throughout the year. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf last month.
Brewster has offered far-reaching legislative reform plans for charter school and legislative operations and crafted a new approach on how to address opioid abuse. He has also been a strong advocate of the use of American made steel in fracking operations.
“I have worked hard and immersed myself in key legislative battles,” Brewster said. “My belief is that we can address key issues in a thoughtful, bipartisan manner that benefits all our citizens.”
School safety has remained a core priority for Brewster. He was the prime sponsor of a package of bills designed to protect children in school. His efforts were rewarded when he was selected to serve on the School Safety and Security Committee which distributes millions of dollars in grants to schools and communities to alleviate threats.
Brewster serves as Democratic chair of two committees in the Senate: Law and Justice and Game and Fisheries. He is also a member of the Education, Banking and Insurance, and Transportation Committees. He serves as vice-chair of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.
He remains very active with local boards and commissions. Brewster was selected to be a board member of the Port Authority of Allegheny County and has been instrumental in providing fiscal stability and reestablishing bus service to routes in communities throughout the region. For many years, he has served as the chair of the McKeesport Housing Authority.
“To be successful and ensure that the region is well-served in Harrisburg, you must develop relationships and have credibility,” Brewster said. “With my years of experience, contacts, and ability to work across the aisle, we can continue to get results and make life better for all the citizens in the region.”
Brewster and his wife Linda live in McKeesport, have three children and seven grandchildren.