Tarah Toohil was first elected to office in 2009, after beating the then-Majority Leader of the State House. She is currently serving her 5th term as State Representative and she is a member of the House Government Oversight Committee, Children and Youth, Human Services, Judiciary, Human Services, Professional Licensure, and Rules committees. She works tirelessly around the clock to fight for her constituents
Tarah has been fighting for better schools, safer communities, and restore the faith in public officials. She is a strong proponent of providing property tax relief for area taxpayers and furthering the growth and stability of small businesses to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. She favors improving the business climate in Pennsylvania by removing burdensome taxes for local entrepreneurs. She constantly is looking to find new ways but public and private to work to revitalize our communities.
Tarah is also very active in her community and believes in giving back. She has been a strong advocate for the areas children and has been a leader for the Foster Care Community across the state. She is the co-founder of Brandon’s Forever Home in Hazleton, a charitable organization that raises awareness for foster children and their needs in the community.
She is also a member of the Elks Lodge, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Circle 200 Women of Northeastern PA, AAUW Breaking Through Barriers for Women and Girls, Hazleton POWER, and she is a Leadership Wilkes-Barre alumnus.
And because of her tireless work., she has been honored throughout our area She has been the recipient of the Champion for Children Award from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2017), Angels in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (2016), Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Anthracite District of the Boy Scouts of America (2015), NFWL Elected Women of Excellence Award (2014),
Rep. Toohil is also an attorney and practiced in the Hazleton area before being elected. She is a member of the Lower Luzerne Bar Association, Hazleton Area Lady Lawyers, Young Lawyers, and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association, for which she currently serves as chairperson of the Legislation Committee.
Raised locally, she is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. She was a dual major in political science and sociology, with a concentration in law and legal services, at Northeastern University. Rep. Toohil obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle in 2008.
Rep. Toohil resides in Drums with her husband, Scot Burkhardt, and their children.