Rep. Bizzarro opens new office in Edinboro after recent redistricting

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State Representative Bizzarro has added an additional office to Edinboro to reportedly help better serve his third legislative district.
Rep. Bizzarro sets up new office

By Karlee Dies
News Editor/Spectator

As many of us students were moving back to the ‘Boro, State Representative Ryan Bizzarro was doing a little of the same, establishing an Edinboro-based office for the first time. The grand opening of his office occurred on Jan. 12.

Bizzarro opened a new office in Edinboro after a recent redistricting of the area. During the previous legislative session, the 5th Legislative District, which Edinboro was previously a part of, moved to southeastern Pennsylvania.

Bizzarro’s 3rd Legislative District decided to add the Edinboro borough and Washington Township to their district.

“My staff and I wanted to make sure we’re effectively serving all constituents now that Edinboro and Washington Township have joined the 3rd Legislative District as a result of the redistricting process,” said Bizzarro in a recent press release.

“I am hopeful that the convenient location of our new satellite office in Edinboro will make it even easier for residents from all over the district to connect to the state-related services they need.”

Bizzarro has an extensive track record for such a young representative.

He was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2013 as the youngest member elected to the 197th session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

According to a press release, he has focused on working for “21st Century” jobs locally. He also is reportedly focusing on promoting a healthy economic climate for small businesses and working families and hopes “to restore an education system that will empower futures and open doors for innovation and prosperity.”

“He has devoted himself to legislation affecting the district and his committees and has traveled the state to elicit testimony and information,” stated the press release.

And according to his official website, “Legislation he introduced and co-sponsored has focused on protecting seniors, working families, children and small business.”

The beginning of Bizzarro’s career started as a victim/witness coordinator and advocate for the Office of the Erie County District Attorney and the Crime Victim Center. His job was to identify and streamline processes to ease a victim’s frustration with the criminal justice system.

Then, Bizzarro pursued a job as a behavioral health specialist at an elementary school where there are programs created to focus on bullying and community awareness in order to see what was going on and get the students to want to talk about it.

Bizzarro moved on to work for the Erie County Convention Authority where he was responsible for sales and business development initiatives.

Bizzarro is an honorary board member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization.

He is also the youngest member appointed to the Erie County Industrial Development Authority, which is a municipal authority formed by the Erie County government to help existing firms expand and to attract new firms to the Erie area.

Additionally, he is a member of the Erie County Truancy Task Force and a former co-chairman of the Young Erie Professionals Civic Engagement committee.

Bizzarro received his associate and bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from Edinboro University.

He received his master’s in public administration from Gannon University.

In 2013, Bizzarro was given an Honored Alumnus award by the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

With the redistricting, Bizzarro was able to come back to where he spent his college years as “the voice of the 3rd Legislative District,” which includes part of Erie County consisting of McKean Township, parts of Millcreek and Washington and boroughs of Edinboro and McKean.

Bizzarro was sworn in for a second term on Jan. 14 in Harrisburg with his top priorities for this term reportedly being an advocate for school funding, finding solutions to close projected budget deficit and connecting veterans to state services.

State Representative Bizzarro’s new Edinboro office is located in the Municipal building.

Karlee Dies is the news editor for the Spectator. She can be reached by