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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2023 03:19 PM
From: Representative Danielle Friel Otten and Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing 2023 as the "Taylor Swift Era” in Pennsylvania
In November of 2022, Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift made the long-awaited announcement of her upcoming concert tour, The Eras Tour, describing it as “a journey through the musical eras of [her] career.” And from that moment on, all of us, whether we knew it or not, joined her on that journey in one way or another.

Whether it was attempting to purchase Eras Tour tickets through Ticketmaster, which prompted legislative action here in her home state; reading about the positive economic impact her tour has left on each city she visited, including raising hotel revenues in Philadelphia to the highest point since the pandemic; learning of her philanthropic and charitable causes, particularly hunger relief organizations including Philabundance and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; or you were one of the thousands of people who registered to vote after her Get Out The Vote plea to her social media followers, which resulted in a 22.5 percent jump in voter registrations over the previous year, and a 115 percent increase in 18-year-olds registering compared to the previous year, it is clear that Pennsylvania is in its “Taylor Swift Era.”

From her humble beginnings as a teenage artist on that Christmas tree farm in Berks County, Taylor Swift is the epitome of what it means to be a Pennsylvanian. Through her talent, hard work, and determination, Taylor Swift has transcended the role of pop star, becoming a veritable cultural and economic force. And it would be a dishonor if she were not recognized by her home state for the lasting impact she has made in her career.

In its long and storied history, Pennsylvania has been the birthplace of American democracy, birthplace to future U.S. presidents, and home of Super Bowl and World Series champions, but never has a Pennsylvania native been independently recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. And for these reasons, it is time we show our appreciation for one of Pennsylvania’s favorite daughters, Taylor Swift.

Please join us in supporting this resolution to honor Taylor Swift, a beloved artist, humanitarian, and inspiration, by recognizing 2023 as the Taylor Swift Era in Pennsylvania. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HR282