About Valerie A person who prides herself in leading the way to make government more efficient, transparent and accountable, Valerie Gaydos was elected to serve her second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2020. Valerie is committed to putting her experience to work to grow the state’s economy and improve opportunities for employers and employees across the Commonwealth. Valerie started her own company in 1994, an information publishing company that sold financial data to subscribers. She went on to invest in other successful startup companies and became a well-known startup business advocate and Angel investor who has helped small businesses succeed and create jobs across the country, including one of her own investments which sold to Intel in 2012. Valerie later went on to serve as the first woman president of the Pennsylvania Angel Network. She currently works with Hivers and Strivers, a group which invests in veteran-owned startup companies primarily in the technology field. Having worked with a number of companies, Valerie knows how challenging it is to start and maintain a small business in the Commonwealth and is committed to addressing tax and regulatory issues to revitalize one of Pennsylvania’s most important economic and employment engines, its people. She will also support educational initiatives to prepare students for the jobs of their futures. During the 2019-20 Legislative Session, Valerie helped to spearhead legislation in the fight against COVID-19 by supporting a measure to help Pennsylvania’s health care facilities by securing the necessary funding to purchase medical supplies and equipment, and supported legislation to provide for increased availability of COVID-19 antibody testing at local health care facilities. Also, she introduced legislation that would provide a mechanism for employers to join together to negotiate for discounted health insurance coverage in the same way large businesses purchase group insurance benefits. In the early stages of the 2021-22 session, Valerie has introduced two bills that would study the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on student learning and the education system. Other legislative priorities for Valerie include reducing the size of government, helping families overcome the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, creating more jobs by reviving the economy, improving the climate for businesses, and focusing on mental health and wellness for all Pennsylvanians. Valerie has been assigned to serve on the House Commerce, Education, Health and Liquor Control committees for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. In addition, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler has appointed Gaydos to serve as the Subcommittee Chairperson on Small Business under the Commerce Committee, and as the Secretary of the Liquor Control Committee. Valerie currently serves as a board member for Standing Firm, an organization aimed at ending partner violence; a guardian and advisor for the Pittsburgh Honor flight Network, which helps take veterans to Washington, D.C., to tour war memorials; and a member of Firearms Owners Against Crime. She is avid outdoor enthusiast, nature lover and dog rescue volunteer. The 44th Legislative District includes portions of Allegheny County, including the townships of Aleppo, Crescent, Findlay, Moon, North Fayette and Ohio, and the boroughs of Bell Acres, Edgeworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.