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Parke Wentling
PA House of Representatives

Parke Wentling graduated from Greenville High School in 1990 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Education: Certification in Industrial Arts/technology Education from California University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Education with a specialization in technology including an Instructional Technology Specialist Certification from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  
His professional experience includes working as a technology education instructor at the Wilmington Area School District from 1997 until his decision to run to become the State Representative for the 17th Legislative District, which includes portions of Mercer County, Crawford County, Erie County and Lawrence County.  He was elected to that position in 2014 and currently serves on the Game & Fisheries Committee, Local Government, Aging & Older Adult Services and the Tourism & Recreational Development Committee. 
Representative Wentling's top priority is to enact policies that support the creation of good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.  Likewise, he strongly advocates reducing the tax burden on working families and seniors, investing in our state's education system to build a brighter future for our children, responsible stewardship of Pennsylvania's natural resources and preserving family farms.
Parke is an outdoors enthusiast and avid cyclist.  He races competitively and has been a member of the Meadville Medical Center's Wellness Extension Cycling Team.  Twice he has journeyed across the country on the TransAmerica Trail, spanning the distance from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans and pedaling 4,200 miles each trip. 
He has long had an interest in rail networks and Rails-to-Trails projects.  He entered the workforce as a fourth-generation employee of the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, serving as a track laborer.  He is past president of the Mercer County Trails Association, as well as of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance.
Representative Wentling lives in Mercer County with his wife, Jennifer and their two daughters. 
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