Hampden Township Commissioner Nate Silcox has been elected President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners. PSATC represents the 91 first class townships in Pennsylvania, including East Pennsboro, Hampden, Lower Allen, Lower Swatara, Swatara and Upper Allen Townships in this area. Nate will serve until October 2021.
Nate Silcox has nearly 25 years of experience in public policy at the state and local levels. He currently serves as Executive Director of the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee for Senator Mike Regan. During his time in the Senate, Nate has served as the Executive Director of the Aging & Youth, Communications & Technology, and the Local Government Committees. He has also served in Senate Leadership Offices, assisting the Senate Majority Whip in the performance of floor duties and working for the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary as Legislative Director. In these capacities, Nate has had a major role in passage of the following laws: allowing municipalities to establish tax credits for first responders, strengthening the National Guard Educational Assistance Program, permitting counties to establish Regional Booking Centers, expanding the Local Government Capital Project Loan Fund, permitting students with severe allergies to carry EpiPens to schools, authorizing Respite Care programs for senior citizens, and Chloe’s Law – protecting children with Down Syndrome. Nate started his career as a member of Governor Tom Ridge’s team in the Department of Education helping to establish academic standards, ensure school safety, and provide for additional educational opportunities.
As a Hampden Township Commissioner, Nate founded and chaired the Veterans Recognition Committee, which hosts the Township’s Memorial Day Service, holds an annual Golf Outing, an annual “Wing Madness” fundraiser and is leading the efforts to complete the Veterans Park & Memorial. Nate also established an annual Hampden Commissioners Breakfast with Business Leaders and the Hampden Township Community Shred Day. During his tenure as liaison to the Golf Advisory Board, Armitage Golf Course was voted Simply the Best 6 out of 7 years; the Capital Region COG won the Harrisburg Chamber’s 2013 Government Leader of the Year Award; and the Planning Commission – which is completing its first Comprehensive Plans since 1994 – has been lauded by Cumberland County as one of the area’s best. Meanwhile, the Volunteer Fire Company – which responds to the second highest number of calls in the county each year – is involved in the establishment of a new partnership between Cumberland Valley High School and HACC teaching a Fire 101 Course. Nate is also involved with the update of the First Class Township Code, which Hampden Township operates under. In 2018, Nate received the COG’s “Perry Albert Distinguished Service Award” for his dedicated service to the community. Nate will serve as President of the State Association of Township Commissioners in 2020.
Nate was born and raised in Silver Spring Township, graduated from Cumberland Valley School District, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in History from Lock Haven University and received a Masters in Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a member and Deacon at New Covenant Fellowship Presbyterian Church. He has volunteered for Hampden Youth Baseball, the Central PA Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Model Legislature Committee, Junior Achievement, helped found the one-time Central PA Fish Tank Scholarship Program (“Shark Tank” for high school students) and is a member of the West Shore Elks Club. He is married to Magisterial District Judge Kathryn Silcox, and has two children.