Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday named Katie True, of Lancaster County, as Secretary of Legislative Affairs.
True, who served 16 years in the House of Representatives, has worked for the past two years as commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Pennsylvania Department of State.
“Katie True is an experienced advocate for Pennsylvania’s working families,” Corbett said, “We look forward to having her on the team as we work to enact our legislative agenda in the fall and beyond.”
At the Department of State, True was responsible for the state's professional and occupational hearing boards. The bureau provides administrative and legal support for all of the state's licensing boards – which oversee professionals from medical doctors to accountants and funeral directors – while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners.
As a representative, True earned a reputation as a strong advocate for children and families across Pennsylvania. She served on numerous House committees, including the professional licensure, judiciary, consumer affairs, plus health and human services.
“I am grateful for the opportunity Governor Corbett has afforded me, which allows me to work with the General Assembly on an agenda that will unite us for the benefit of the citizens of our commonwealth,’’ True said. “I look forward to the challenge.”
True also served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was youth director for a statewide drug and alcohol prevention coalition, Pennsylvania AWARE. She began her career in public service when she founded Kids Saving Kids, a nationally recognized drug-education program for elementary students.She and her husband, Peter, have six children, including three sons and three stepsons.