State Representative Kate Harper

Kate Harper, a state representative, is a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the House of Representatives, representing eastern Montgomery County. Rep. Harper is currently the Chair of the House Local Government Committee, and has served on the House Transportation Committee since 2001. She focuses her efforts in the Legislature on improving the infrastructure needed to support a healthy economy and safeguarding Pennsylvania’s environment, particularly its supply of fresh water.

Rep. Harper is a partner with the Fort Washington Law firm, Timoney Knox LLP, with expertise in municipal law and zoning.  She was a member and Chair of the Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors for thirteen years, and a member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission for six years.

With an expertise in environmental issues, Ms. Harper served on the Schuylkill Greenway Study Commission, chaired the Montgomery County Open Space Planning Board and helped write the county’s Open Space Plan.  She is the past Chair of the Montgomery County Lands Trust, a member of the Delaware River Regional Water Planning Committee, and was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell to the Statewide Water Resources Committee.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide organization devoted to revitalizing urban areas and growth management in suburban and rural areas.

Recently, Rep. Harper’s HB 46 was signed into law to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan get confidential, free counseling from a nationwide network of mental health professionals, Giveanhour.org. Earlier legislation allows expert testimony in criminal trials to explain the trauma to victims in rape cases. In the General Assembly, Kate lead the fight to secure dedicated funding to the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund and Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act Fund (HSCA), drafted language (which passed) providing that a percentage of the Marcellus Shale Impact fee be dedicated to statewide environmental remediation and mitigation programs as well as open space funding and farmland protection, and worked across the aisle to get Growing Greener Two, and the Transportation funding bill of 2013 passed with funding for PA’s deficient roads and bridges as well as SEPTA.

Kate is a married mother of two who lives in Lower Gwynedd Township. A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy in Gwynedd Valley, Kate also  graduated maximus cum laude with a degree in political science from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges. She earned her law degree from the Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1981.