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Pa. House Speaker won’t seek 10th term

U.S. Congressman Scott Perry, R-Pa., second from left, House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28, third from left, state Sen. John DiSanto, R-15, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-103, and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse laugh at a remark during an event announcing that a new Navy ship will be named the USS Harrisburg. October 10, 2019.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

January 23, 2020

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Mike Turzai, R-28, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election this year and instead work in the private sector. He made the announcement at a press conference in McCandless, located about 30 minutes north of Oakland.

Pitt grad student kicks off Pa. House campaign

Jessica Benham, director of development at the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, will challenge Democratic incumbent Harry Readshaw for the District 36 seat in the state House of Representatives.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

Jessica Benham, a Pitt graduate student, aims to unseat District 36 rep Harry Readshaw III.

Editorial: House bill necessary to reform higher education

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would increase Pell Grants, create a fund of $500 million for states to identify and prioritize colleges with high numbers of minority and low-income students and simplify student loan repayment plans.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2019

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday is a reasonable starting point to make college more affordable.

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

(From left) Josh Nulph, Jacob Pavlecic, Kareem Kandil and Sara Innamorato are all current or former Pitt students running for the state House. (Images via Facebook)

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018

Jacob Pavlecic and his best friend Quin McLaughlin’s conversations were usually about local sports. But after the 2016 election, McLaughlin — now a student at Slippery Rock University —  surprised Pavlecic by switching their conversations to politics. He thought Pavlecic could run for office. ...

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