Tarah Toohil is currently serving her fifth term as state representative of the 116th Legislative District in Luzerne County.
During the 2019-20 legislative session, Rep. Toohil serves as a member of the Children and Youth, Human Services, Judiciary, Professional Licensure and Rules committees.
Rep. Toohil is also an attorney. Raised locally, she is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. She dual majored in political science and sociology, with a concentration in law and legal services, at Northeastern University. Rep. Toohil obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle in 2008. While in law school, she worked as a certified legal intern for Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. Rep. Toohil was also co-captain of the Moot Court Team. Prior to attending law school, Rep. Toohil was a paralegal for Attorney (and now U.S. Congressman) Matthew Cartwright at Munley, Munley and Cartwright. Rep. Toohil is a member of the Lower Luzerne Bar Association, Hazleton Area Lady Lawyers, Young Lawyers and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association, for which she currently serves as chairperson of the Legislation Committee.
She is also a member of the Elks Lodge, Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Circle 200 Women of Northeastern PA, AAUW Breaking Through Barriers for Women and Girls, Hazleton POWER, and she is a Leadership Wilkes-Barre alumnus. In addition, Rep. Toohil serves on the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, the Statewide Near Death and Fatality Review Board, and the Supreme Court’s Language Access Advisory Group. Rep. Toohil was appointed to serve as the 2016 Pennsylvania state director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
Rep. Toohil is the recipient of the Champion for Children Award from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2017), Angels in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (2016), Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Anthracite District of the Boy Scouts of America (2015), NFWL Elected Women of Excellence Award (2014), Operation Rising Star Award (2014), Hazleton YWCA PEARL Award (2013), Young Republican of the Year Award (2011), Elks Citizen of the Year Award (2011) and the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women’s History Month Award (2011).
Rep. Toohil is a co-founder of “Brandon’s Forever Home,” a charitable organization created to raise awareness about children in foster care and their need for permanent loving homes. Rep. Toohil is the author of a weekly column in the Hazleton Standard Speaker and a monthly column in the newspaper’s “Senior Scene” section. She is an advocate for Hazleton’s downtown renewal and has worked to clean up gang graffiti and rid Broad Street of the Minsec correctional facility.