About Jerry Rep. Jerry Knowles represents the 124th Legislative District, which includes portions of Berks, Carbon and Schuylkill counties. Knowles, a Schuylkill County native, is currently serving his seventh term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. For the 2021-22 Legislative Session, Knowles was appointed majority chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee by Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler. In addition, he was selected to serve on the House Judiciary Committee. As state representative, Knowles is focused on the following key issues: • Eliminating the school property taxes placed on Pennsylvania’s homeowners. • Ensuring fairness and transparency in the election and voting processes, regardless of the outcome. • Controlling government spending. • Improving Pennsylvania’s business climate to ensure we retain job-creating businesses and attract new ones. • Withholding state funding from Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning that deem themselves sanctuary campuses. • Recruiting and retaining volunteer emergency service personnel in our communities. • Reducing the size of the House of Representatives. Knowles has spent most of his adult life in community service to the people of the 124th District. He served as a police officer and later as a borough councilman and mayor of Tamaqua. In addition, he spent six years as a Schuylkill County commissioner and more than 10 years on the staff of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In addition to Knowles’ professional endeavors, he has served his community. Currently he participates in the annual Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society Telethon and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2711, Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company and Tamaqua Lions Club. A lifelong resident of Schuylkill County, Knowles is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School and is also a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in Lancaster.