On Jan. 1, 2019, Rep. Mike Reese was sworn into his sixth term in office as state representative and will continue to make it his priority to ensure that the 59th District is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

This session, Mike was selected by his colleagues to serve in a leadership position as House Republican Caucus Secretary.

Born in Mount Pleasant Township and a graduate of Mount Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School, Mike attended Duquesne University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in history. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Seton Hill University.

To continue his strong business and education background, Mike worked in the admissions office of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and was a teacher and counselor at the Pressley Ridge School, a non-profit organization that offers innovative and diverse services to help children and families facing difficult and challenging circumstances. He also worked for Westmoreland County Community College as an adjunct member of its business faculty.

Additionally, Mike served as chief-of-staff for Westmoreland County commissioners Terry Marolt and Phil Light.

Prior to running for office, Mike was the assistant director of financial administration for Westmoreland County.

Throughout his tenure in the House, Mike’s legislative goals have remained the same; control state spending, make government more transparent and make Pennsylvania more business friendly. Mike has introduced and supported legislation that minimizes the size of state government and controls spending, while creating a stronger business climate.

He has voted to reduce the size of the Legislature, privatize Pennsylvania’s retail and wholesale liquor system, and has worked to improve charter and cyber-charter public school laws by increasing accountability and transparency as well as revising the funding formula.

Another issue Mike will continue to fight for are the rights of utility consumers, by challenging the mandatory installation of smart meters by electric distribution companies. He believes that consumers should have a choice to opt-out from being forced to have those meters in their homes and businesses.

During the 2017-18 legislative session, Mike introduced legislation to provide a support system for students whose parents or guardians are deployed on active duty. On Oct. 24, 2018, House Bill 2052, now Act 119 of 2018, was signed into law.

Mike and his wife, Angela, live in Mount Pleasant with their three children, Addison, Claire and Michael Eric.

The 59th Legislative District encompasses part of Somerset County consisting of the townships of Conemaugh and Jenner, and the boroughs of Boswell and Jennerstown. In Westmoreland County, the district includes the townships of Cook, Donegal, Fairfield, Hempfield (part of districts Todd, University and West Point), Ligonier, Mount Pleasant, St. Clair and Unity (part of districts Baggaley, Beatty, Crabtree, Dennison, Kuhns, Marguerite, Mutual and Pleasant Unity) and the boroughs of Bolivar, Donegal, Laurel Mountain, Ligonier, New Florence and Seward.