|Pennsylvania State House District 28|
|2001 - Present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||June 26, 2001|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Notre Dame, 1981|
|J.D.||Duke University, 1987|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Rules, Chair|
|• Joint State Government Commission|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Turzai served on these committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2009|
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 A second proposal was withdrawn after it became clear the bill would not have support to pass.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.
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.
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.
On March 5, 2013, Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Control Committee. 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.'" 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. 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. 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.
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. As of August 21, 2013, HB 790 has been referred to the Appropriations Committee in the Senate.
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.
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. 
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mike Turzai Incumbent||100%||30,236|
|Pennsylvania State House, District 28|
|Mike Turzai (R)||21,943||77.2%|
|Sharon Brown (D)||6,465||22.8%|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28|
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.
|Mike Turzai's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$1,240,179|
|2010||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$1,119,234|
|2008||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$897,998|
|2006||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$369,196|
|2004||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$238,078|
|2002||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28||$248,598|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,113,283|
2012Mike 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.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mike Turzai's campaign in 2012|
|Mike Turzai Leadership Fund||$100,200|
|Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society||$35,000|
|Barensfeld, David E||$30,000|
|University City Housing Co||$25,000|
|Transportation Construction Industries||$25,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,240,179|
|Source: Follow the Money|
Turzai raised $1,119,234 during the 2010 election cycle.
His top contributors are listed below.
|Scaife, Richard M||$55,350|
|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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Mike + Turzai + Pennsylvania + House"
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- Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- House Committees
- Pennsylvania General Assembly
- Joint Committees
- Pennsylvania state legislative districts
- Mike Turzai's personal website
- Profile from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- articles.philly.com/, "GOP picks Smith, Turzai as new Pennsylvania House leaders," accessed May 2, 2014
- WatchDog.org, "Going nowhere: Two GOP-backed transportation bills fail House vote; Dem plan blocked," accessed December 11, 2013
- WatchDog.org, "Gambling expansion bill heads to Pennsylvania Senate," accessed December 9, 2013
- "Privatization of State Liquor Stores Could Yield $2 Billion," PA Independent, November 11, 2010
- Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," accessed March 5, 2013
- Bill information Pennsylvania House Bill 790, accessed on March 7, 2013
- Angela Couloumbis and Rita Giordano, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Corbett's new liquor privatization plan would benefit public schools," February 1, 2013
- Commonwealth Foundation, "Liquor Proposal Delivers Convenience," January 30, 2013
- Katrina Anderson, Commonwealth Foundation, "What's in New Liquor Liberty Bill?," March 18, 2013
- Tony Romeo, CBS Philly, "Pa. House Passes Liquor Store Privatization; Hurdles Loom In Senate," March 21, 2013
- "Open States," August 20, 2013
- 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
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 General Election," accessed December 5, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," April 15, 2014
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "Turzai decides against for Congress," accessed January 26, 2012
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 2, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official 2008 General Election Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Turzai, Mike," accessed September 11, 2013
- Follow the Money, 2010 campaign contributors to Mike Turzai
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