Kerry is a graduate of State College Area High School and attended Pennsylvania State University. First elected to the House of Representatives to represent the 171st District in 1996, Kerry was selected 2014 to serve on the Leadership team as the House Majority Policy Committee chairman. Before being elected as House Majority Policy Committee chairman, Kerry served as chairman of the House Majority Finance Committee, which oversees matters relating to taxation and fiscal policy, investment of the Commonwealth’s money and regulations of the Department of Revenue. As a former hospital orderly and two-term Centre County coroner, Kerry has an interest in health care policies and has been an outspoken advocate for childhood cancer research. He is a founder and current chairman of the Cancer Caucus.
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