By: KDKA-TV News Team
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pennsylvania House Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland / Somerset) has died of an apparent brain aneurysm.
Reese was recently re-elected in the general election of November 3 as the representative of the 59th District of Pennsylvania, which serves parts of Westmoreland and Somerset counties.
He was first elected to the PA House of Representatives in 2008, taking office in the 2009-10 legislative session.
Reese served in the Republican House of Representatives caucus as caucus secretary in the 2019-2020 session and was elected caucus chair in the 2020-2021 session.
He died Saturday afternoon at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital with his family by his side following an apparent brain aneurysm.
In a statement, Kerry Benninghoff, leader of the parliamentary majority in the House, said:
“On behalf of the entire Republican House caucus, I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Representative Mike Reese.”
“More than a friend to all of us, and one of our caucus leaders, Mike was a devoted husband and father. His wife, three young children and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
“I have known Mike since he took office in 2009 and am proud to witness his many legislative accomplishments, especially his tireless work on behalf of students and families in Pennsylvania. Mike was a model lawmaker who put his constituents first. His wit, presence and guidance will be sorely missed.
Reese, originally from Mt. Pleasant, graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School before attending Duquesne University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and Seton Hill University where he obtained a master’s degree.
He is survived by his wife Angela and their three children.
Reese was 42 years old.
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