Mike Turzai | Pennsylvania Speaker of the House
Mike Turzai was unanimously elected Speaker of the House on January 6, 2015 by his House Colleagues; he is now in his eighth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Winning a special election in 2001 for a seat in the 28th Legislative District, Mike represents communities in the North Hills of Allegheny County.
Born in Sewickley and raised in Moon Township, Mike developed his tenacity and strong work ethic from his parents and family. After graduating from Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School in 1977, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his Juris Doctor from Duke University in 1987.
As a legislator, Mike has pushed hard to control government spending in order to reduce taxes on families and business. He quickly focused his efforts on helping hard-working families, making Pennsylvania more competitive for private-sector job creators and cutting government waste, fraud and abuse.
Working to attract new business to the Commonwealth and help employers expand their operations to improve job creation and career opportunities, Mike continues to spearhead efforts to lower the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania.
As a result of his leadership, Mike was twice elected by his peers to serve as Majority Leader for the House Republican Caucus. He was the floor leader from 2011 to 2014.
During the 2011-12 Legislative Session he was instrumental in passing the Fair Share Act, an important lawsuit abuse reform measure. During that session and the most recent 2013-14 Legislative Session, Mike also lead efforts to provide real business tax relief and advocated for fair and balanced workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation systems.
Well known for his efforts to get Pennsylvania out of the business of selling wine and spirits, Mike led the historic passage of House Bill 790, the first measure in the history of Pennsylvania to remove the monopoly and create a free market so consumers could enjoy choices and conveniences of the 21st century.
A relentless champion for expanding parental choice and helping children receive a 21st century education, Mike led efforts to team up with Pennsylvania’s business community to develop and implement a $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit which targets children trapped in the Commonwealth’s most underperforming public schools.
In his four years as House Majority Leader, he led efforts that doubled the Educational Improvement Tax Credit from $50 million to $100 million dollars, dramatically expanding educational options for families across the Commonwealth.
Mike, his wife, Lidia, and their three sons, Andrew, Stephen and Matthew, live in Marshall Township, Allegheny County, and are involved in many community activities.