This is state Rep. Matt Gabler’s fifth term in office, having first been elected in 2008 to serve the 75th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. For the 2017-18 session, Matt is a member of the following four committees: Environmental Resources and Energy, Finance, Rules and State Government. He has also been appointed to serve as vice-chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
Since taking office, Gabler has authored the following pieces of legislation that have been signed into law:
- House Bill 755/Act 116 of 2011- Increased the annual meeting and dues expenses allowed for county directors of veterans’ affairs from a maximum of $100 to a maximum of $400.
- House Bill 493/Act 77 of 2013 - Decreased Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) debt ceiling from $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion.
- House Bill 2169/Act 116 of 2014 - Re-authorized the Special Elk Conservation License and auction, as well as a second special license to be awarded via fundraiser in conjunction with the Pennsylvania-based non-profit elk organization that manages and operates the Elk Country Visitor’s Center in Benezette Township.
- House Bill 1135/Act 197 of 2014 - Designated the Route 153 Bridge in Huston Township, Clearfield County as the Huston Township Veterans Memorial Bridge; and a section of Route 219 in Johnsonburg Borough as the Veterans of Johnsonburg Bypass.
- House Bill 2338/Act 149 of 2016 - Established protections for students attending Pennsylvania postsecondary education institutions that are accredited by a national accrediting agency that loses Federal recognition.
- House Bill 263/Act 168 of 2016 - Removed the restriction on air, chemical or gas cylinder powered firearms, and semiautomatic rifles for hunting.
In addition, Gabler’s House Bill 504, legislation to exclude from sales tax the purchase of machinery, equipment and parts used in timbering, became law as part of the final 2016-17 budget package.
Matt was born and raised in DuBois and is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He graduated as valedictorian from DuBois Central Catholic High School, and served as student council president. Matt attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg on a four-year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2006 with a minor in Physics.
Upon graduation, Matt’s commitment to serving others continued through his commissioning as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served as commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 424th Multifunctional Medical Battalion before becoming a medical logistics officer with the Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He currently holds the rank of captain.
Matt is a former research analyst in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. His decision to run for office came from a desire to effect real change as an elected leader.
Matt maintains a positive platform focused on reforming state government so it works for all families, seniors and children of his district. His constituents’ needs are first and foremost, needs such as good-paying jobs, property and income tax relief and protection of conservative values.
It is Matt’s wish that the burden of increased state spending and state debt not be placed on the backs of hardworking taxpayers. He is pro-life and pro-family, and is a strong advocate for the right to bear arms thanks to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Matt supports the values of rural Pennsylvanians because he is one of them. Matt will fight the good fight for the people of Elk and Clearfield counties in respecting and honoring their beliefs.
Matt, his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Caroline, reside in Clearfield County.
The 75th District consists of all of Elk County, as well as, in Clearfield County, the City of DuBois; the townships of Bloom, Bradford, Brady, Covington, Girard, Goshen, Graham, Huston, Karthaus, Lawrence (the Plympton precinct), Pine, Sandy and Union; and the borough of Falls Creek.
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