About Milou Representative Milou Mackenzie is a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley and an eighth-generation Pennsylvanian. She is serving her second term as representative of the 131st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties. Mackenzie has been appointed to serve on three House committees during the 2023-24 Legislative Session: Children and Youth, Education, Housing and Community Development and Human Services. The House Education Committee primarily assists with education issues, including legislation and policy development across the entire educational spectrum, both public and private, encompassing K-12 basic education, as well as higher education. Lastly, the House Human Services Committee addresses policy development surrounding mental health, drug and alcohol abuse and the Department of Human Services. Mackenzie has lent her artistic talent to creating beautiful homes for many people in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, as the owner-operator of V. M. Mackenzie Interior Design, LLC for more than 30 years. Before establishing her small business, Mackenzie, who graduated from Nazareth Area Senior High School and earned a B.A. in English from Cedar Crest College in 1972, had years of teaching experience in several local school districts and in a private school in Allentown. Mackenzie continues to use her knowledge of the classroom to stand up and work hard to ensure Pennsylvania students receive a quality education, while still respecting the concerns of the taxpayers. These are both top priorities. During her tenure in office, Mackenzie worked hard to ensure no child lost their health care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to the pandemic. Her proposal addressing CHIP payments is included in this year’s state budget. The budget includes nearly $23 million to satisfy CHIP arrearages that had accrued during the pandemic when the administration informed insurers not to terminate CHIP enrollees for not paying their premiums. Additionally, working to ensure military children aren’t left behind or disadvantaged when moving into school districts in Pennsylvania, the state House has unanimously approved Mackenzie’s legislation, House Bill 1813, that would allow those children access to registration and enrollment at the same time it is open to the general population. In addition to her concerns about education and holding the line on wasteful spending, Mackenzie also focuses on how she can help her fellow small business owners and bring support to our veterans. These two groups remain very important to her. Mackenzie is married to Kevin Brown, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a veteran. She is a mother of two sons and a grandmother of three. She and her husband live in Lower Saucon Township.