Defender of the State

Defender of the State

Senator Stack

State Senator Mike Stack Discusses His Leadership in the State Senate and Pennsylvania National Guard

NICK DIFRANCESCO (ND): You’re now in your third term as a Senator representing Northeast Philadelphia, Bridesburg, and Port Richmond. How have you seen your district change since first coming to office?

SENATOR MIKE STACK (MS): Northeast Philadelphia has always been a collection of neighborhoods where hard working families make a living, buy a home, and help their children get a good education. And community banks are a big part of that. They provide financial services that help families finance their portion of the American Dream. That dream includes home ownership, college, or owning a business.

My constituents have always been predominantly working families. We are very proud of our working class roots. The district is becoming more ethnically diverse, and the new groups have the same working class values and attributes.

The economy, globally, is not the same as it was when I first took office in 2001. That is why the focus of my tenure has been and will continue to be bringing jobs back to our region.

The challenges for the middle class are so much more significant and we are meeting them. We continue to fight for them. We have to get our priorities in order to support sensible job creation.

(ND): What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a public official?

(MS): Undoubtedly, the most rewarding aspect of this job is helping people. Sometimes the work is tough and grueling and it requires a lot of dedication. Recently, we had a big win for our community. Since 2006, I have been working with State Rep. Mike McGeehan, Councilman Bobby Henon, and the Holmesburg and Upper Holmesburg Civic Associations to transform a dilapidated former public housing site into dorms and athletic fields for Holy Family University. The site will also include senior housing, retail shops, and restaurants.

This project will be a huge job creator, an economic force providing long-term commerce, and also a regional draw. At every level, we worked together to turn a community eyesore into a positive community anchor that will spur additional positive development. We really made a difference and those are the moments I enjoy most.

Read the full interview in October’s issue of Transactions Magazine. Aren’t a subscriber? Visit the Transactions page on this website or call PACB at 717-231-7447 to start receiving the magazine.