Mike Turzai

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 18:49, 29 April 2014 by Jaclyn Beran (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
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:



In November 2013, a bill to raise gasoline taxes and registration fees for vehicles and drivers failed in the state House by a vote of 103-98. A second proposal was withdrawn after it became clear the bill would not have support to pass. The second bill, proposed by Turzai, would spend $900 for deteriorating highways, mass transit systems, and bridges. A third proposal from state rep. Mike Hanna was not allowed a floor vote by Republican leaders. In June 2013, the state Senate passed a different transportation bill, totaling $2.5 billion, by a 45-5 margin, but the state House has not mustered enough support to bring the bill to the floor.[2]

State gambling

In November 2013, the state House approved a gambling expansion bill by a vote of 102-96. The bill would allow Pennsylvania bars and taverns to conduct “small scale gambling” such as raffles and drawings for cash prizes. A similar bill was approved by the Senate in October 2013, but the House-passed bill must be agreed to before the measure becomes law. Republican proponents of the bill say the state could raise almost $156 million annually in tax revenue if as many as 2,000 bars and taverns accept it. Turzai said in support of the bill, "I do think the fact that it had a positive impact on the budget was an additional positive factor." Opponents of the legislation say the bill would not produce the promised revenue and would hurt families.[3]

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.[4]

On March 5, 2013, Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Control Committee.[5][6] 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 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.'"[7] 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.[8] 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.[6] 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.[9]

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.[10] As of August 21, 2013, HB 790 has been referred to the Appropriations Committee in the Senate.[11]



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Mike Turzai was unopposed in the Republican primary and unchallenged in the general election.[12][13][14]


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. [15][16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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).[19]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Mike Turzai is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Mike Turzai raised a total of $4,113,283 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 11, 2013.[20]

Mike Turzai's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $1,240,179
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $1,119,234
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $897,998
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $369,196
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $238,078
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28 Won $248,598
Grand Total Raised $4,113,283


Mike Turzai won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mike Turzai raised a total of $1,240,179.


Turzai raised $1,119,234 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[21]

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.

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Mike + Turzai + Pennsylvania + House"

All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.

Mike Turzai News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. "Republican Caucus Chooses Smith, Turzai, Saylor as New House Leaders," Pennsylvania Independent, November 9, 2010
  2. WatchDog.org, "Going nowhere: Two GOP-backed transportation bills fail House vote; Dem plan blocked," accessed December 11, 2013
  3. WatchDog.org, "Gambling expansion bill heads to Pennsylvania Senate," accessed December 9, 2013
  4. "Privatization of State Liquor Stores Could Yield $2 Billion," PA Independent, November 11, 2010
  5. Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," accessed March 5, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bill information Pennsylvania House Bill 790, accessed on March 7, 2013
  7. Angela Couloumbis and Rita Giordano, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Corbett's new liquor privatization plan would benefit public schools," February 1, 2013
  8. Commonwealth Foundation, "Liquor Proposal Delivers Convenience," January 30, 2013
  9. Katrina Anderson, Commonwealth Foundation, "What's in New Liquor Liberty Bill?," March 18, 2013
  10. Tony Romeo, CBS Philly, "Pa. House Passes Liquor Store Privatization; Hurdles Loom In Senate," March 21, 2013
  11. "Open States," August 20, 2013
  12. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
  13. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Official Candidate Listing," accessed March 21, 2014
  14. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 General Election," accessed December 5, 2014
  15. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
  16. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," April 15, 2014
  17. Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Turzai decides against for Congress" Accessed January 26, 2012
  18. 2010 general election results from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State's office
  19. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official 2008 General Election Results," accessed April 15, 2014
  20. followthemoney.org, "Turzai, Mike" Accessed September 11, 2013
  21. Follow the Money, 2010 campaign contributors to Mike Turzai
Political offices
Preceded by
Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 28
Succeeded by