State Rep. Schroder To Retire
Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester County) announced today that he will retire from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when his ninth term ends next year.“Eighteen years is a long time to serve, but more importantly, I have reached the point where I feel I have given all that I can to this position,” Schroder told a group of friends, supporters, family members and news reporters this afternoon in Downingtown. “In early January 2010, I told my wife and myself that this would be it. I would run one more time. Nothing has happened over the nearly two-year period to change my mind. It is simply time.”
Schroder was elected to the House in 1994. Throughout his career in Harrisburg, he has led efforts to ensure openness and accountability in state government. He championed medical malpractice reforms, worked to promote job growth, protect the environment and prevent higher taxes.
Schroder sponsored legislation and led debate in the House that resulted in passage of the Fair Share Act, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law in June. Also known as lawsuit abuse reform, the new law requires defendants in civil cases to pay their fair share of a verdict. Previously, defendants with “deep pockets” were left to pay the entire verdict, regardless of their degree of fault. The law is expected to cut down on frivolous lawsuits and attract employers to do business in Pennsylvania.
As chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, Schroder has fought hard to increase transparency and accountability at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) and to restore integrity to the state’s gambling industry. Since taking the majority in January, Schroder has moved several bills out of committee that address reforms recommended by a recent grand jury investigating the PGCB.
In addition to his work in Harrisburg, Schroder has taken an active role in addressing a number of important concerns in his legislative district. He has worked to increase public safety on several area roadways, to enhance quality of life through revitalization efforts, and he led efforts to purchase the Shryock property, allowing for the preservation of the Struble Trail.
Schroder has gone up against big government, taking on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and powerful gas companies when a natural gas pipeline was coming to Chester County. Schroder took action to ensure local citizens, property owners and precious water supplies were adequately protected.
“It is now time for me to seek other avenues and work for change in another arena,” Schroder said.
He recognized his staff and family and thanked them for their support over the years. Schroder’s term will expire on Nov. 30, 2012.