HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, Wednesday said he will close his district offices on Route 315 in Plains Township and on Main Street in Taylor on Dec. 20. He said his office in Hazleton will remain open to handle constituent service requests until offices in the new 11th District are opened in early 2013. The reconfigured 11th Congressional District now consists of parts or all of nine counties in January and stretch nearly 200 miles from one end to the other.
Because the district is so large, we will be required to spread our district offices throughout so constituents won't have to travel extensively to get help, Barletta said. Our plan is to open offices in Dauphin and Cumberland counties and another possibly in Sunbury.
Due to the congressional redistricting, the offices in Wilkes-Barre and Taylor will no longer be in Barletta's territory – they are now part of the 17th Congressional District. The phone numbers for the two offices will not be in service after Dec. 20.
Barletta said staffers will visit all parts of the new district and will be available in the offices of state elected officials or in municipal buildings.
That will allow us to reach all residents of the district without requiring them to travel long distances, Barletta said. Constituency service is our number one priority.
Barletta said his staff takes pride in every case and makes sure all are resolved. He said of some 4,510 cases brought to his offices, 95 percent are closted with determinations reached.
11th District constituents who need help dealing with federal agencies during the transition can contact Rep. Barletta's Hazleton District Office at (570) 751-0050. Those wishing to speak about policy issues can continue to contact Rep. Barletta's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-6511 or toll-free at (855) 241-5144.