|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 78|
|February 10, 2014-present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||January 28, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Frostburg State University|
Topper earned his B.A. in Music Performance from Frostburg State University. His professional experience includes working as a minister.
At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Topper served on the following committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2014|
|• Children & Youth|
|• Human Services|
|• Local Government|
Topper's campaign website highlights the following issues:
Control Government Spending
- Excerpt: "As he did on Bedford’s Borough Council and as he does in his own home, Jesse uses strong fiscal discipline and commonsense to create and stick to budgets. In Harrisburg, he will do the same – to build on the strong fiscal controls that have been used during recent budgets."
Stop Spending Money We Don’t Have
- Excerpt: "Over the last three years, the Governor and the Legislature began rolling back former Governor Ed Rendell’s out-of-control spending in Harrisburg that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars that we just could not afford. Jesse believes we must continue to force government to do more with less like we are doing in our homes and businesses."
Focus on Priorities
- Excerpt: "The first step to saving tax dollars is to set real priorities. That’s why Jesse will focus the state budget on priorities like job creation, public safety and educating our children. He will make protecting taxpayers the number one priority in all budget negotiations."
Cut Wasteful and Outdated Programs
- Excerpt: "Our national and state governments have grown so large by adding new programs, but never eliminating them when they no longer make sense. Jesse will bring a new prospective to the process and will review the budget line-by-line to see what works, what doesn’t and what can be ended. He will start with recommendations that have been proposed by the State Auditor General’s office, but not acted on yet."
More Jobs and A Stronger Economy
- Excerpt: "Jesse knows nothing is more important to our families than being able to secure good-paying jobs. That’s why he will make economic growth and job creation his top priority in Harrisburg – and use his experience with the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce to make sure it happens."
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Jesse Topper defeated Josh Lang in the Republican primary. Topper is unchallenged in the general election.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 78 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Jesse Topper Incumbent||73.3%||5,060|
The seat was vacant following Dick Hess's (R) death on September 6, 2013.
A special election for the position of Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 78 was called for January 28. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary. The nominating deadline for parties was December 9, 2013.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 78, Special Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Barbara L. Barron||16.7%||925|
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- The American Conservative Union: 2013 Legislative scorecard
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- Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.
Topper and his wife, Christy, have two sons.
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- Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- House Committees
- Pennsylvania General Assembly
- Joint Committees
- Pennsylvania state legislative districts
- Official campaign website
- Rep. Topper's personal website
- Profile from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Jesse Topper on Facebook
- Jesse Topper on YouTube
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Pennsylvania Department of State- Official candidate list
- pavoterservices.state.pa.us, "Official candidate list," accessed December 11, 2013
- www.legis.state.pa.us, "Biography," accessed February 10, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed May 7, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Official Candidate Listing," accessed March 21, 2014
- Altoona Mirror, "Topper wins 78th District state House seat," January 29, 2014
- Pennsylvania Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed August 29, 2014
- www.politicspa.com, "Speaker Sets Jan 28 Date for Hess Seat Special," May 7, 2014
Dick Hess (R)
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 78
February 10, 2014–present
| Succeeded by|
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