Dawn Keefer was elected to represent the 92nd District in the House of Representatives in November 2016. She is in her fourth term of office representing residents of the 92nd District, which consists of Carroll, Dover (PART, District 02), Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Newberry, Warrington and Washington townships; and the boroughs of Dillsburg, Franklintown, Goldsboro, Lewisberry, Wellsville and York Haven. For the 2023-24 session, she serves on the House Liquor Control, Health and State Government committees..
A fiscal conservative with more than 20 years of professional and government experience, Dawn brings a unique perspective to governing from both the public and private sectors. She owned and operated a consulting firm for more than 10 years that focused on grass-roots strategy, membership development and fundraising. On both a professional and personal level, Dawn understands the struggles small businesses face when it comes to surviving and growing in Pennsylvania’s economy, and she is committed to challenging the policies and regulations fostering a hostile business climate in Pennsylvania.
During her short period of time in the House, Dawn has forced the conversation of fiscal accountability and transparency. She continues to lead the charge in regulatory reform through her Pennsylvania REINS Act and fiscal stewardship by ensuring tax dollars are used appropriately. Dawn also remains on the side of natural economic growth by challenging Pennsylvania’s outdated and unfair tax structure that negatively impacts small businesses and hinders investment. These attributes are a major reason why colleagues on the newly-formed Pennsylvania State Freedom Caucus chose her to serve as chairwoman.
Dawn has an extensive history of public service, having served on the boards of the Carlisle Senior Housing Corp. and the Dillsburg Area Soccer Club, as a volunteer for the Hemlock Girl Scout Council and Junior Achievement, and as a coach for Upward Soccer and the St. Joseph Parish’s JV Boys Track team. She was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as a board member of the Capitol Preservation Committee. Dawn served as the chief advisor to former state Rep. Will Gabig on issues of transportation, economic development, education and agriculture. She also served as a tent leader for the highly successful Youth Impact Project and served for 15 years as an advisor for the Chi Omega chapter at Gettysburg College, during which she advised collegiate women as they navigated leadership, academic and career opportunities.
Dawn and her husband, Tom, a retired Pennsylvania State Police corporal with more than 24 years of service and a veteran of the Marine Corps, are raising their three children in Dillsburg. She and her family are members of St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg.