Office Information 
Lehigh Office
1245 Chestnut Street, Unit 5
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 965-9933
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Berks Office*
Bally Borough Hall
425 Chestnut St. in Bally
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon
*Walk-ins only. No mail, please.

Capitol Office
404 Irvis Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
Phone: (717) 787-1000
Fax: (717) 782-2893
 
Biography 
Representative Ryan Mackenzie was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in an April 2012 special election and he was re-elected to a full, two-year term in November 2012. He represents the people of the 134th Legislative District, which includes portions of Berks and Lehigh counties.

Ryan currently serves as vice chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee and is also a member of the Commerce, Gaming Oversight, and Tourism and Recreational Development committees. Additionally, he serves as deputy chair of the Majority Policy Committee and is a member of the Autism, Early Childhood Education, Firefighters and Emergency Services, International Commerce and Sportsmen’s Caucuses.

With a professional background in business and government, Ryan is a strong advocate for what he sees as the most important issues facing Pennsylvania: creating jobs, protecting taxpayers, strengthening education and reforming government.

A life-long resident of the Lehigh Valley, where his family has lived since colonial times, Ryan is a graduate of Parkland High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance and International Business from New York University and earned his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Ryan previously worked for Pat Toomey, who is now a United States senator from Pennsylvania. He was a licensed real estate salesperson and worked at the U.S. Department of Labor. In his role at the Department of Labor, he worked extensively on domestic and international assignments and gained a strong understanding of labor market dynamics.

Immediately prior to being elected to office, Ryan served as the director of policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. There, Ryan concentrated on unemployment compensation reform, workers’ compensation insurance, the Uniform Construction Code, labor law compliance and workforce development. He also served as a department representative on the Board of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Environmental Quality Board, and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority.

As director of policy, Ryan also helped craft two substantial unemployment compensation reform bills that have since become law. These policies save more than $400 million per year for the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and the taxpayers who pay into the system. They also instituted important and much-needed unemployment compensation reforms. Ryan’s advocacy of this legislation was key in garnering broad bipartisan support in the House.

Within six months of taking office, Ryan introduced and passed his first piece of legislation. That bill (now Act 169 of 2012) streamlined government operations, reduced unnecessary regulations and protected consumers by improving inspection processes administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Division.

During the budget process of 2013, Ryan took a lead role in reforming Pennsylvania’s tax code. His legislation, House Bill 465 (now Act 52 of 2013), is a far-reaching piece of legislation that was hailed as the “most significant tax reform in 20 years” by the Pennsylvania CPA Journal.

Act 52 closed the “Delaware Loophole.” It eliminated the inheritance tax for small, family-owned businesses and established a schedule to begin removing the cap on net operating loss deductions. Additionally, the measure eliminated the realty transfer tax for volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical service organizations. It permitted a $5,000 deduction by start-up companies in their first year of operation and allowed increased investments in the state’s most struggling schools. It also expanded eligibility for Educational Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits; extended the Organ Donor, Veterans Trust Fund, and Wildlife Resource Conservation check-offs on the PA-40; added check-offs for the Children’s Trust Fund and the American Red Cross; and made many other positive changes to the Tax Reform Code.

Also committed to bettering our community and helping others, Ryan is involved with a number of charities and nonprofit organizations. He serves on the board of directors of a local senior-living complex, is vice president of an education-focused philanthropic organization, and is a member of the community advisory committee for a nonprofit that helps provide resources to those with autism.

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