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Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Mario Scavello served more than a decade in the House of Representatives, representing Monroe County’s 176th Legislative District.
Mario’s House tenure was highlighted by steadfast advocacy of school property tax reform, and active involvement in the state budget process as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He served as majority chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session.
Some of his recent legislative accomplishments include the enactment of his legislation ensuring that patients with prosthetics and orthotic services are receiving care from properly trained practitioners with a high degree of skill and knowledge.
In an effort to force a change in the way school districts are funded at the state level, Mario led the charge to file a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court to have the state’s 1991 funding formula ruled unconstitutional. Following the announcement of this lawsuit, Monroe County school districts received more than $10 million in funding under the 2012-13 state budget.
Throughout his years of public service, Mario has awarded a total of $251,200 from his public salary for scholarships to college bound students. He has also awarded $25,000 in savings bonds as a motivational program for students in sixth grade who maintain honor roll grades.
Mario is Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and Vice Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. He also serves on the influential Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, he serves on the Labor and Industry, Urban Affairs and Housing, and Majority Policy committees.
Mario is a former mayor of Mount Pocono and former chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. He has been a small businessman and is very active on the local level as a community leader.
He has served in many organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club and Sons of Italy. Mario serves as a board member to United Way of Monroe County, a statewide board member of the United Way of Pennsylvania and the American Red Cross of Monroe County, Northampton Community College Advisory Board, Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Pocono Family YMCA, and the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging.
A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx, New York, Mario also attended the City University in New York. He was named Monroe County “Citizen of the Year – 1997” by the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce; received the “1998 Liberty Bell Award,” a state award given by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; named “1998 Citizen of the Year” by the Pocono Mountain Lions Club; and appointed Legislative Fellow to East Stroudsburg University in 2005.
He has been married to his wife Mary Ann for over 40 years. They have two grown daughters, Michelle and Melissa, and three grandchildren, Braydon, Lucas and Madelyn.