Top Republican Mike Turzai Will Resign From the Pa. House on June 15
(PHOTO: In January, House Speaker Mike Turzai, left, stood with his wife Lydia, right, and one of his sons, Matt, center, as he announced at a news conference he would not run for another term. Keith Srakocic/AP)
During an emotional speech to the chamber, Turzai told lawmakers his last day in the Capitol will be June 15.
“I’ve been blessed to have served almost 20 years representing the citizens of the 28th Legislative District in the north suburbs of Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh,” he said. “What an honor.”
Turzai announced in January he would not seek reelection this fall and would instead pursue a job in the private sector. Spotlight PA and PennLive first reported Tuesday that Turzai planned to resign early.
Several media reports and sources have speculated that Turzai will take an executive position inside Essential Utilities, Inc., a Bryn Mawr-based company that this year acquired Peoples Gas of Pittsburgh. That company was formerly known as Aqua America Inc., a major Turzai donor whose CEO, Chris Franklin, is a close friend of the lawmaker.
This story will be updated.
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