In his eleventh term as a state legislator serving Chester and Delaware counties, Rep. Stephen E. Barrar has earned a reputation as a dedicated public servant whose foremost concern is the advancement of the 160th District and improving the quality of life for the families of Pennsylvania.
Desiring to keep his close connection with his community, Steve has maintained an accessible and responsive district office, which was endorsed by the Delaware County Daily Times for its effectiven ess in assisting citizens. His highest priority is serving exclusively as a full-time representative and getting results for the citizens of the 160th District.
A champion of those who risk their lives to preserve our way of life and protect our communities, Steve advocates for policies to aid community first responders, veterans and active duty and reserve military personnel. Having served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Steve understands the sacrifice and reward that comes with taking the ultimate risk to safeguard our communities and our country.
His close ties with the veterans and first responders of his district led to his appointment as majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Steve has vowed to use this post to improve the everyday lives of veterans and to assist the Commonwealth’s struggling volunteer emergency service providers.
Along with his efforts to aid veterans, military personnel and first responders, Steve also has gained a reputation as an outspoken opponent of government corruption, taking on unethical judges, individuals and groups allegedly involved in voter intimidation, and organizations that use state money for political purposes. He gained statewide recognition for his outspoken opposition to the questionable activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and ultimately helped bring about the demise of the organization.
Among his many legislative victories, Steve is proudest of helping to gain passage of legislation to reauthorize, expand and increase funding for Pennsylvania’s grant program that aids fire companies and ambulance organizations. He is also proud of his efforts to see Pennsylvania’s veterans preference laws better enforced now that state law requires one of the three members of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission to be a veteran. Finally, his House Bill 728, which will help increase safety at self-service fueling stations, was signed into law as Act 144 of 2012.
His legislative priorities for the 2017-18 session include:
- Modernizing our Title 35 Emergency Management Code.
- Require insurers to reimburse for services provided when an individual receives emergency treatment from an ambulance but is not transported to the hospital.
- Create two military decorations that can be given to veterans and their supporters for exemplary service to the Commonwealth.
He is also looking forward to working with members of the House and Senate, as well as emergency services personnel, on a package of bills to aid in the recruitment and retention of Pennsylvania firefighters. This is a top priority as fewer men and women are helping their communities in this way.
His experience as a small business owner has given him a unique insight into how state government can assist employers in bringing on additional workers, which will help to turn our economy around. Economic recovery and job growth remain at the forefront of Steve’s legislative agenda.
Steve is a graduate of Interboro High School. He is an active member of his community and is involved in several local groups, including the Chichester Business Association, Chadds Ford Business Association, Aston Business Association, Bethel VFW Post and the Concord Lodge No. 625. He also has been named an honorary member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his support of disabled veterans.
Steve and his wife, Elena, have two daughters, Stephanie Toth and Elizabeth Barnett. He is the proud grandfather of Ethan, Caden, Ainsley and Elena Jane.
One Beaver Valley Road
(at the intersection of Route 202 and Naamans Creek Road)
Chadds Ford, PA 19317-9012
Room 18 East Wing
PO Box 202160
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2160