Election to determine Speaker Mike Turzai’s district successor
WASHINGTON – Following Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai’s announcement yesterday that he will not be seeking reelection this fall, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced its endorsement of Bronze Star recipient and Iraq War veteran Rob Mercuri to succeed Speaker Mike Turzai’s representation of the commonwealth’s 28th House District.
“Rob Mercuri is an American hero, businessman, strong conservative, and the right leader for Pennsylvania’s 28th District,” said Austin Chambers, RSLC President. “Rob’s life experience and commitment to Pennsylvania’s economic success will make him a strong leader who will effectively and passionately represent his community – much like Speaker Turzai throughout his time in office. The RSLC is proud to support Rob, and we look forward to his victory this fall.”
The RSLC’s announcement follows an endorsement from Speaker Turzai earlier today:
“With his combination of decorated military service and his principled outlook, Rob Mercuri represents a new generation of leadership for our region and our state,” Turzai said. “He’ll make a great legislator.”
Mercuri will enter the Pennsylvania Republican Primary with the goal of delivering “honest, common-sense leadership focused on economic development and a bright future for the people of the 28th district.” He is a decorated Iraq War veteran and West Point graduate who was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant before being deployed to Iraq. While overseas, he directed a military intelligence unit, was awarded the Bronze Star, and was promoted to the rank of Captain, all while earning an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst at night. He was previously a financial risk and regulatory adviser, and currently operates a small business with his wife, Kelsey, in Wexford. Rob and Kelsey have three children, all of whom attend the Pine-Richland schools. The Mercuri family resides in Pine Township and worships at North Way Christian Community.