State Rep. Mike Reese of Mount Pleasant brings a solid financial management and education background to Harrisburg, representing the residents of the 59th Legislative District.
Reese was born in Mount Pleasant Township and is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He went on to Duquesne University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in history. He enrolled at Seton Hill University in 2002 and earned a master’s in business administration with a focus on management in 2004.
Business and education have always been a focus of Reese’s life. He worked in the admissions office of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, and helped young people in the Pressley Ridge School system at Ohiopyle. He was an educator at Westmoreland County Community College, serving on the faculty of the business division. Immediately prior to his election he served as the Westmoreland County Assistant Director of Financial Administration.
Reese has been involved in public service for most of his adult life. He served as chief of staff for the late Republican Commissioner Terry Marolt and, following his passing, for Phil Light, who was appointed to that post.
The priorities for work to be done in Harrisburg remain clear. Reese wants to improve the business climate in Pennsylvania through changes in the tax structure. He wants to curb the excessive spending in state government and get it to live within its means, as the taxpayers do every day. In addition, he wants to make government clearly and transparently accountable to the people of Pennsylvania, who deserve no less from elected representatives. One aim in this overall effort will be to reduce the size of the Legislature by consolidating many districts.
In the 2013-14 session, Reese has been designated to serve on the House Education, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Liquor Control, Consumer Affairs and Rules committees.
Reese and his wife, Angela have three children: daughters Addison and Claire, and son, Michael Eric.
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