Mike Turzai

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Mike Turzai
Pennsylvania State House District 28
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 14
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 26, 2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1981
J.D.Duke University, 1987
Office website
Mike Turzai is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on June 26, 2001. Turzai currently serves as the State House Majority Leader.[1]

Turzai previously served as Vice President of the Bradford Woods Borough Council. In 2000, he served as a Representative to the Republican State Committee.


Turzai earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and his J.D. from Duke University in 1987. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Houston Harbaugh since 1992 and as an Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Turzai served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair
Joint State Government Commission


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Turzai served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Turzai served on these committees:


Liquor privatization

In November of 2010, Tom Corbett voiced his support for the privatization of the 621 state liquor stores before he assumed his position as Governor of Pennsylvania. He joined State House Republicans, including Turzai.[2]

On March 5, 2013, Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Control Committee.[3][4] This bill was the legislative form of Corbett's January 30, 2013, proposal to privatize the state-owned liquor stores and use the revenue to increasing funding for education. The governor's plan would see the state's liquor and wine stores auctioned off, while big box stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores would be able to sell limited quantities of beer and, in the case of big box stores and and supermarkets, wine. Restaurants, already able to sell beer, would be able to sell customers up to six bottles of wine, while retail beer distributors could obtain licenses to sell beer, wine, and liquor, instead of only beer. The auctions and licensing fees would generate an estimated $1 billion over four years. Under Corbett's plan, these funds would be distributed to school districts using a formula based on their student enrollment and income level. The block grants would fund "school safety; early learning; science, technology, engineering and mathematics course programming; and 'individual learning.'"[5] The Commonwealth Foundation, a pro-market think tank, commended Corbett for his privatization proposal. The Foundation noted in a January 30, 2013, press release that Pennsylvania loses tax revenue when residents go to other states to buy alcohol and that the government had spent $10 million to establish its own wine brand to compete against privately owned wineries. Polls showed most Pennsylvanians favored privatization.[6] After HB 790 was reported to the House by the Liquor Control Committee on March 18 and then by the Appropriations Committee on March 21, the House passed the bill 105-90 on March 21.[4] This amended version of the bill would privatize the wholesaling of wine and spirits within one year, require the government liquor stores in any given county to shut down within six months after the number of private stores double those of the government, and provide education credits and civil service hiring preferences to employees of the government stores.[7]

Following its House passage, HB 790 was sent to the Senate. Pileggi reasserted his emphasis on "looking for ways to increase convenience, and selection at a competitive price" rather than privatization. He indicated that bill would be changed before passage in the Senate. Corbett refused to publicly comment on how he would approach negotiations with the Senate but reaffirmed his support for privatization.[8] As of August 21, 2013, HB 790 has been referred to the Appropriations Committee in the Senate.[9]



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Turzai ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 28. Turzai ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [10][11]

Turzai was expected to run for the U.S. congress in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. On January 25, however, he announced he had ultimately decided against running.[12]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Turzai Incumbent 100% 30,236
Total Votes 30,236


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turzai ran for re-election to District 28 in 2010. He had no primary opposition and defeated Democrat Sharon Brown in the general election on November 2, 2010.[13]

Pennsylvania State House, District 28
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Turzai (R) 21,943 77.2%
Sharon Brown (D) 6,465 22.8%


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Turzai won re-election to District 28 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 27,268 votes, defeating Brad Cline (9,521).[14]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28
Candidates Votes Percent
Mike Turzai Green check mark transparent.png 21,431 74.1%
Brad Cline 9,521 25.9%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Turzai raised $1,056,542 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[15]

Donor Amount
Scaife, Richard M $55,350
Students First $50,000
University City Housing Co $25,000
Fieler, Sean M $25,000
Barensfeld, David E $25,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association $22,500


Turzai and his wife, Dr. Lidia Turzai, have three children.

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