Steve Barrar decided running for state representative would be a way to help the small business owner like himself, writes Kathleen E. Carey for the Daily Times.
The former owner of Twin Oaks Garden Mart, Barrar was elected state representative to the 160th District in 1997. Now, after 24 years, he’s retiring after his term ends in November 2020.
“It is not easy to leave,” Barrar said. “I have always loved this job, but after 24 years, I feel it is time to step down.”
Barrar graduated Interboro High School and served as an Upper Chichester township commissioner.
He’s headed the Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee since 2010. A Vietnam War U.S. Navy veteran, Barrar become a proponent of first responders and veterans.
Some of his challenges in office included facing the insurance industry and trying to equalize education funding.
Barrar said he wants to continue addressing funding and personnel needs of fire and EMS organizations.
Other priorities: More and better programs for veterans, enhance the National Guard College Tuition Assistance Program; establish a program to address the post-traumatic needs of first responders; and secure funding for Pennsylvania’s National Guard Youth Challenge Program.
Read more about Steve Barrar’s retirement here.