Senator Vulakovich - A Conservative Who Loves to Fight for Change
Senator Vulakovich’s approach to his job as an elected official was honed by almost three decades in the police force in his native Allegheny County. It’s philosophical, practical, and gutsy. “I drove up that first day to the House and I saw the sign that read, “Space reserved for the Honorable Randy Vulakovich.” That’s a title you have to earn and you do that by having the courage to ensure that change moves in the right direction. Otherwise, change will take the path of least resistance and the result is never good.”
Vulakovich believes that too many things are out of balance today, and that we have a responsibility to try to correct that balance so that our children aren’t left with a huge mess to clean up. When something doesn’t “pass the smell test, you change it.”
He doesn’t believe in signing pledges because he says you can “surrender your judgment.” He also, at a minimum, reads an analysis of every bill, but often examines the complete text of the bills themselves. “I can’t really say I’m a book reader because I’m usually up until 1:00 a.m. reading legislation,” he said.
In 2014, he faces a tough re-election bid. His 40th district will move east and he will face off against Democratic incumbent Jim Ferlo to represent a combined district.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Communications and Technology Committee. He also serves on five other committees: Aging and Youth; Appropriations; Community, Economic and Recreational Development; Judiciary; and Transportation. He is a member of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Southwest Veterans Center.
Known to many throughout the community as simply “Officer V,” Senator Vulakovich has dealt with a wide variety of demanding situations and valuable life and leadership experiences during his 27 years of dedicated service as a sergeant with the Shaler Township Police Department. Six years of this service was as the public school instructor in the nationally recognized anti-drug
and life-skills D.A.R.E. program.
Senator Vulakovich is strongly committed to fighting for his platform of family values
and fiscal conservatism, which he describes as:
- Cutting taxes, government waste and frivolous spending to allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money.
- Providing true school property tax and business tax reform.
- Standing up for pro-life principles, family values, and other faith-based efforts.
- Enacting meaningful state government reforms to restore public trust.
- Supporting a smaller, more-efficient government that allows for greater free market economic growth and fosters family-sustaining jobs.
- Ensuring support for police, fire and EMS services.
- Keeping Second Amendment rights “Second to None” in Pennsylvania and protecting our children through a strong Jessica’s Law and tough anti-drug enforcement legislation.
- Protecting the services and benefits for veterans, seniors and people with disabilities.
- Reforming Pennsylvania’s health care system through strong transparency legislation in the medical, pharmaceutical and health insurance sectors.
Senator Vulakovich resides in Shaler Township with his wife, Bobbie. They have been married for 35 years and have two children, Stacy and Randy Jr.