Tarah Toohil is currently serving her fourth term as state representative of the 116th Legislative District in Luzerne County.
During the 2017-18 legislative session, Rep. Toohil has been appointed to serve on the Children and Youth, Human Services, Judiciary and Professional Licensure committees.
Rep. Toohil is seeking to help bring about the restoration of government integrity and accountability and eager to strengthen Pennsylvania’s jobs climate. She is a strong proponent of providing property tax relief for area taxpayers and furthering the growth and stability of small businesses to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. She favors improving the business climate in Pennsylvania by removing burdensome taxes for local entrepreneurs.
She is strongly in favor of reducing excessive government spending and borrowing. Rep. Toohil also supports aggressive efforts to identify and isolate instances of fraud in welfare spending, ensuring the proper allocation of state dollars and the protection of hard-working Pennsylvania residents. As the public remains skeptical of the actions of state government, she will be a part of an increasingly open and honest government that is accountable to state residents. She will advocate for a transparent government and stand behind efforts to weed out corruption wherever it is found.
Rep. Toohil is also an attorney. Raised locally, she is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. She dual majored in political science and sociology, with a concentration in law and legal services, at Northeastern University. Rep. Toohil obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle in 2008. While in law school, she worked as a certified legal intern for Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. Rep. Toohil was also co-captain of the Moot Court Team.
Prior to attending law school, Rep. Toohil was a paralegal for Attorney (and now U.S. Congressman) Matthew Cartwright at Munley, Munley and Cartwright.
Rep. Toohil is a member of the Lower Luzerne Bar Association, Hazleton Area Lady Lawyers, Young Lawyers and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association, for which she currently serves as chairperson of the Legislation Committee.
She is also a member of the Elks Lodge, Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Circle 200 Women of Northeastern PA, AAUW Breaking Through Barriers for Women and Girls, Hazleton POWER, and she is a Leadership Wilkes-Barre alumnus.
In addition, Rep. Toohil serves on the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, the Statewide Near Death and Fatality Review Board, and the Supreme Court’s Language Access Advisory Group.
Rep. Toohil was appointed to serve as the 2016 Pennsylvania state director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
Rep. Toohil is the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Anthracite District of the Boy Scouts of America (2015), NFWL Elected Women of Excellence Award (2014), Operation Rising Star Award (2014), Hazleton YWCA PEARL Award (2013), Young Republican of the Year Award (2011), Elks Citizen of the Year Award (2011) and the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women’s History Month Award (2011).
Rep. Toohil is the co-founder and on the board of directors of “Brandon’s Forever Home,” a charitable organization created to raise awareness about children in foster care and their need for permanent loving homes.
Rep. Toohil is the author of a weekly column in the Hazleton Standard Speaker and a monthly column in the newspaper’s “Senior Scene” section. She is an advocate for Hazleton’s downtown renewal and has worked to clean up gang graffiti and rid Broad Street of the Minsec correctional facility.
Rep. Toohil resides in Drums with her husband, Scot Burkhardt, and their children.
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