Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), already versed in the ways and means of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee as vice chairman, has been appointed to serve as chairman for the 2023-24 Legislative Session.
As the committee plays a crucial role in addressing policies that impact the state’s success economically, MacKenzie said his focus will be legislation that invests in workforce, protects employees and employers, promotes family-sustaining careers, and ensures workers are authorized legally to work in this country.
“I have an extensive background in labor and business issues,” Mackenzie said in a statement, “and look forward to bringing that experience to the committee.”
Mackenzie served as the director of policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry prior to being elected to office. He worked in his senior management role on issues relating to unemployment compensation reform, workers’ comp insurance, the Uniform Construction Code, and workforce development.
Mackenzie helped lead bipartisan efforts that saved state taxpayers $100 million by refinancing debt and will save some $400 million per year by implementing additional reform measures.
While with the U.S. Department of Labor, Mackenzie worked on domestic and international assignments and obtained a solid understanding of the dynamics of the labor market.