Frank Dermody is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 33rd Legislative District since 1991. His district is located in northeastern Allegheny County, including Brackenridge, East Deer, Frazer, Harrison, Oakmont, part of Plum, Springdale and West Deer. Dermody has served as House Minority Leader since January 4, 2011, he was elected Democratic floor leader on November 17, 2010, after incumbent Todd Eachus was defeated in his bid for re-election. One of five children, Dermody was born in Scranton and raised in nearby Clarks Summit, his father, a demolition expert who worked in the coal mines, died when Frank was 7. To support the family, his mother worked various jobs, including with Capitol Records, the Social Security Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. After graduating from Abington Heights High School, he received a scholarship to play football at Columbia University in New York City, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Columbia in 1973.
For the next five years, he worked in sales for two different companies in New York while saving money for law school. He received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 1982. Dermody returned to Pennsylvania, working as an assistant public defender in Harrisburg, he served as assistant district attorney in Allegheny County for five years, prosecuting rape and child abuse cases. During his tenure in the district attorney's office, he was appointed by Governor Bob Casey in 1989 to fill an unexpired term as district justice for Oakmont and Verona, which he did for seven months. Dermody worked as a legal advisor to Allegheny County's district justices, an instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County, a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education. In 1990, Dermody ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 33rd Legislative District. In the Democratic primary, he faced the president of the Riverview School Board.
He won with 2,870 votes, or 53%, against Loeffler's 2,524 votes, or 47%. In the general election, Dermody faced one-term Republican incumbent Ted V. Kondrich; the criminal justice system and the environment were regarded as the top issues of the campaign. Dermody defeated Kondrich, receiving 9,082 votes to Kondrich's 8,430, he has been re-elected every two years since. Dermody was chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts in the Judiciary Committee from 1991 to 2006, served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing from 1991 to 2010, including 14 years as commission chairman. In 1994, he was selected by House leaders to lead the investigation into charges against Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen, serving as a key prosecutor in the impeachment trial that led to Larsen's eventual removal, he served as caucus secretary. In 2009, he was elected the second-highest position for his party in the House. In late 2010, he was chosen to be Democratic Leader for the 2011-12 session. Dermody resides in Oakmont with his wife, Debra Dermody, his classmate in law school.
They have two children and Cara. Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Frank Dermody official PA House website Profile at Vote Smart Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Rep. Frank Dermody official Party website
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States. The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which had expanded slavery into U. S. territories. The party subscribed to classical liberalism and took ideological stands that were anti-slavery and pro-economic reform. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president in the history of the United States; the Party was dominant over the Democrats during the Third Party System and Fourth Party System. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party after being rejected by the GOP and ran unsuccessfully as a third-party presidential candidate calling for social reforms. After the 1912 election, many Roosevelt supporters left the Party, the Party underwent an ideological shift to the right; the liberal Republican element in the GOP was overwhelmed by a conservative surge begun by Barry Goldwater in 1964 that continued during the Reagan Era in the 1980s. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the party's core base shifted, with the Southern states becoming more reliably Republican in presidential politics and the Northeastern states becoming more reliably Democratic.
White voters identified with the Republican Party after the 1960s. Following the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the Republican Party made opposition to abortion a key plank of its national party platform and grew its support among evangelicals. By 2000, the Republican Party was aligned with Christian conservatism; the Party's core support since the 1990s comes chiefly from the South, the Great Plains, the Mountain States and rural areas in the North. The 21st century Republican Party ideology is American conservatism, which contrasts with the Democrats' liberal platform and progressive wing; the GOP supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong national defense, gun rights and restrictions on labor unions. The GOP was committed to protectionism and tariffs from its founding until the 1930s when it was based in the industrial Northeast and Midwest, but has grown more supportive of free trade since 1952. In addition to advocating for conservative economic policies, the Republican Party is conservative.
Founded in the Northern states in 1854 by abolitionists, modernizers, ex-Whigs and ex-Free Soilers, the Republican Party became the principal opposition to the dominant Democratic Party and the popular Know Nothing Party. The party grew out of opposition to the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise and opened Kansas Territory and Nebraska Territory to slavery and future admission as slave states; the Northern Republicans saw the expansion of slavery as a great evil. The first public meeting of the general anti-Nebraska movement, at which the name Republican was suggested for a new anti-slavery party, was held on March 20, 1854 in a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin; the name was chosen to pay homage to Thomas Jefferson's Republican Party. The first official party convention was held on July 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. At the 1856 Republican National Convention, the party adopted a national platform emphasizing opposition to the expansion of slavery into U. S. territories. While Republican candidate John C.
Frémont lost the 1856 United States presidential election to James Buchanan, he did win 11 of the 16 northern states. The Republican Party first came to power in the elections of 1860 when it won control of both houses of Congress and its candidate, former congressman Abraham Lincoln, was elected President. In the election of 1864, it united with War Democrats to nominate Lincoln on the National Union Party ticket. Under Republican congressional leadership, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution—which banned slavery in the United States—passed the Senate in 1864 and the House in 1865; the party's success created factionalism within the party in the 1870s. Those who felt that Reconstruction had been accomplished, was continued to promote the large-scale corruption tolerated by President Ulysses S. Grant, ran Horace Greeley for the presidency; the Stalwart faction defended Grant and the spoils system, whereas the Half-Breeds pushed for reform of the civil service. The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was passed in 1883.
The Republican Party supported hard money, high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, generous pensions for Union veterans, the annexation of Hawaii. The Republicans had strong support from pietistic Protestants, but they resisted demands for Prohibition; as the Northern postwar economy boomed with heavy and light industry, mines, fast-growing cities, prosperous agriculture, the Republicans took credit and promoted policies to sustain the fast growth. The GOP was dominant over the Democrats during the Third Party System. However, by 1890 the Republicans had agreed to the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Interstate Commerce Commission in response to complaints from owners of small businesses and farmers; the high McKinley Tariff of 1890 hurt the party and the Democrats swept to a landslide in the off-year elections defeating McKinley himself. The Democrats elected Grover Cleveland in 1884 and 1892; the election of William McKinley in 1896 was marked by a resurgence of Republican dominance that lasted until 1932.
McKinley promised that high tariffs would end the severe hardship caused by the Pa
Bedford is a borough in and the county seat of Bedford County in the U. S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located 102 miles west of Harrisburg, the state capital, 107 miles east of Pittsburgh. Bedford's population was 2,841 at the 2010 census. Growing up around Fort Bedford, constructed near the trading post called Raystown, Bedford was settled about 1751 and laid out in 1766. Bedford was incorporated on March 13, 1795. For many years it was an important frontier military post; the Espy House in Bedford is notable for having been the headquarters of George Washington and his force of 13,000 while putting down the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, which had started around the Jean Bonnet Tavern just west of Bedford. In 1758 the British Army came to the vicinity of John Ray's trading post to set up Fort Bedford, named for the politically powerful Duke of Bedford in England; some believe this is how the town got its name. Fort Bedford was built as one of the many British Army stepping stones through the state leading to the forks of the Ohio River.
The British used the fort to drive out the French to ensure the new continent would be British controlled. The fort was a safe house for settlers escaping Indian raids. Fort Bedford was "liberated" ten years before the Revolution by American rebels, James Smith's Black Boys, was the first fort taken from the British; the fort collapsed. George Washington marched his army to Bedford in 1794 to subdue the Whiskey Rebellion. There was much more at stake than quieting the uprising of rebels angered by a tax on whiskey; the rebellion consisted of farmers who could, due to the high cost of pack mule transport to the eastern cities, earn more selling whiskey instead of grain. The rebellion spread fast, when it reached Pittsburgh some rebels threatened to burn the city to the ground. Anarchy was on its way. Washington knew he had to make a statement. 12,950 militiamen were called to Bedford leaving the rebels without many choices. One historian stated, "It was at Bedford that the new federal government was to establish itself as sovereign in its own time and place."Bedford, at one time, was famous for its medicinal springs.
There is a mineral spring, a chalybeate spring, a limestone spring, a sulfur spring and two sweet springs. In the year 1804, a mechanic from Bedford, Jacob Fletcher, drank some of the water; the rheumatic pains and ulcers he had been suffering from troubled him less that night. From on he drank from the spring and soaked his limbs in the water. In a few weeks he was cured. News spread and the "healing springs" became popular; the discovery of the curative springs led Dr. John Anderson to purchase the nearby land and build a spa in 1804. Due to the lack of medicines in that time, people from great distances flocked to the hotel in search of a cure for their illness; the Bedford Springs Hotel was the first place in America to have an Olympic sized pool. President James Buchanan made it his "summer White House". While Buchanan was there the first trans-Atlantic cable message was sent to his room from Queen Victoria on August 17, 1858; the hotel, in 1855 housed the only Supreme Court hearing to be held outside of the capital.
Chalybeate Springs Hotel, along with the nearby Bedford Springs Hotel, were popular resorts during the 19th century among the wealthy. Notable visitors to Bedford Springs included William Henry Harrison, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Thaddeus Stevens. Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison visited Chalybeate Springs Hotel, as did many other notable people. U. S. Route 30 known as the Lincoln Highway, passes through Bedford. Up until the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1940, U. S. Route 30 was the key east-west route connecting Philadelphia to the west. In 1927, David Koontz built a coffee pot-shaped building, a diner; this building, a landmark in Bedford, was moved in 2003 to the Bedford County Fairgrounds. The Bedford Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Bedford is located in the center of Bedford County at 40°0′59″N 78°30′15″W, it is surrounded by Bedford Township. The borough is accessible from Exit 146 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the midpoint between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
U. S. Route 220 is a four-lane north-south highway that bypasses Bedford to the west and becomes Interstate 99 just north of town where it crosses the Pennsylvania Turnpike. US-220 Business passes through the center of Bedford as Richard Street; the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, a tributary of the Susquehanna River, flows west to east through the center of Bedford. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.11 square miles, of which 0.03 square miles, or 2.51%, is water. A Fall Foliage Festival is held in the beginning of October on the first two weekends of the month; the celebration stretches from Penn Street, down Juliana Street, to the park by the Fort Bedford Museum. The event includes many vendors, touring of the fort, the Children's Theater, pony rides, an antique car show; the Bedford County Fair takes place annually in August. Alongside a classic midway of rides and food vendors are a multitude of 4-H-sponsored events, automobile racing, demolition derbies, a petting zoo.
The automobile racing and demolition derbies take place at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway, adjacent to the remainder of the Fair. As
Michael Coyne Turzai is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who serves as Speaker of the House. He is from Allegheny County and has represented the 28th legislative district since 2001, his district includes the cities of Warrendale, Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, McCandless. Turzai served as the House Majority Leader from 2011 until 2014, was elected Speaker in January 2015, he was a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2018 until he suspended his campaign in February 2018. Turzai was born in Pennsylvania, he attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. He earned a B. A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and his law degree from Duke University in 1987. Turzai is married to a pediatrician, they live in Marshall Township in Allegheny County. Turzai was an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County from 1988 to 1992, when he joined Houston Harbaugh, a law firm in Pittsburgh, he practiced law with Houston Harbaugh through 2004, remains Of counsel with them.
Prior to serving in the legislature, Turzai served as the vice president of the Bradford Woods Borough Council. He was a former representative to the Republican State Committee in 2000, he is a former member of the Pine-Marshall-Bradford Woods Police Board. In 1998 Turzai ran to represent the 4th District in the U. S. House against Democratic incumbent Ron Klink, he won the Republican primary by a large margin, with 54.25% of the vote to David F. Miller's 24.45% and Paul Adametz's 21.26%, but was defeated by Klink in the general election, 64-36%. In 2001 he was elected to the Pennsylvania House, winning every precinct in the 28th district against attorney Thomas Dancison in a special election to fill the seat of Jane Orie, who had replaced Melissa Hart in the state Senate in 2000. In November 2010 Turzai was elected majority leader after the elections which gave the House a 21-seat majority by Republicans, he had previously served as minority whip. He was majority leader from 2011 to 2014. Turzai was House Majority Leader in June 2011 when it passed the amended "Fair Share Act", a tort reform bill that repealed Pennsylvania's common law doctrine of joint and several liability.
On November 15, 2016, Turzai was chosen by House Republicans to be speaker-designee of the House of Representatives. On January 6, 2017, he was unanimously elected as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a second term; because of his role as Speaker, Turzai sits on all committees in an ex-officio capacity. He serves on the Committee on Committees and the Committee on Rules. In 2017 Turzai was given a 91% rating by the National Federation of Independent Business and an 80% rating by the American Conservative Union. In 2016 he was given a 0% rating by the Sierra Club but a 25% rating by the Sierra Club PA; that same year he received a 92 % rating by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Industry. The National Rifle Association endorsed Turzai for re-election in 2016; as of 2017 he holds a 93% NRA rating. On November 14, 2017 Turzai announced he would run for governor in 2018, challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf. Others in the Republican primary field are R-York. During the primary race Turzai will run to retain his 28th District House seat, defending against Democrat Emily Skopov.
He will remain Speaker throughout the election season. During a campaign stop in December 2017, Turzai said as governor he would prioritize "Fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, school accountability and increased investments in career and technical education." He said that if he was unable to bring about those changes during a first term, he would not seek a second term. State Representative Kathy Rapp and state Senator Scott Hutchinson endorsed his candidacy with supporting remarks; as of February 2018, Turzai had $1.2 million in his campaign account. On February 10, 2018, Turzai announced to the state Republican Party Committee that he would no longer be running for governor, following the endorsement of Scott Wagner. In February 2018, Turzai and State Representative Judy Ward, a nurse, introduced a bill banning the abortion of babies who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb. Babies can be aborted up to 24 weeks gestation in Pennsylvania, except in cases of sex selection abortion, which are banned.
Turzai cited the country of Iceland in remarks about the bill, saying that Iceland has an zero rate of babies born with Down syndrome because all are aborted. In 2010, one of Turzai's top campaign contributors was the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which represents more than 187,000 Pennsylvania teachers and educators; the association gave him $22,500. In September 2016 Turzai advocated increasing tax credits to Pennsylvania businesses that contributed to scholarship funds that help low income people send their children to private schools. On October 26, 2017, Turzai publicly asked several public universities within Pennsylvania to freeze tuition for the 2018-2019 school year for in-state residents; the universities that he asked were the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Temple University, Lincoln University. After a state budget was passed at the end of October, those schools along with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine stood to receive more than $600 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
In October 2017, Turzai voted yes on HB 178 to amend the Pennsylvania Public School Code in various ways. Through his yes vote on the
Matt Dowling (politician)
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Austin Davis (politician)
Austin Davis is a elected Democratic Party member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 35th District and was elected in 2018, defeating Republican candidate Fawn Walker-Montgomery. Davis served as executive assistant to Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, the Allegheny County executive. Davis has served as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee