Harry Readshaw

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Harry A. Readshaw III
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 36th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1995[1]
Preceded by Christopher K. McNally
Personal details
Born (1941-08-07) August 7, 1941 (age 73)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carol
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Website www.pahouse.com/readshaw/

Harry A. Readshaw III is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 36th District and was elected in 1994.[2] He and his wife live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and have three children.[2] He graduated from Carrick High School in 1959 and attended Duquesne University from 1959 to 1962.[2] He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1962.[2] Prior to elective office, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and in the Carrick Community Council.[3] He has been a funeral director since 1970.[3]

On May 4, 2010, Rep. Readshaw and Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe introduced House Bill 2479, a bill which would direct police officers "to attempt to verify the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens." It would also create a new third-degree misdemeanor "for illegal aliens who violate federal law by either willfully failing to register as an alien or failing to possess proper proof of such registration when stopped for another primary offense, such as a traffic violation", crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens without first checking to see if they had registration papers and are in the state legally, create a new third-class felony "for intentionally smuggling illegal aliens (into the state) for profit," and allow police officers to "impound any vehicle driven by an illegal alien or used to transport illegal aliens." The proposed law is based on Arizona's controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070), which was passed in April 2010.[4]

In 2011, Readshaw considered purchasing the Wigman House adjacent to his funeral home in Carrick, hoping to turn it into a parking lot.[5] That move set off controversy among the local historic preservation community, who called the American Queen Anne-style Wigman House "the last remaining example of several homes of the wealthy South Side gentry who lived in Carrick."[5] The controversy culminated in the building being protected with a City of Pittsburgh historic designation.[6]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1995 - 179TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1995-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Readshaw Profile". Rep. Harry A. Readshaw. Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Representative Harry A. Readshaw, III (PA)". Rep. Harry A. Readshaw. Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. 2008. 
  4. ^ Tom Barnes (10-05-05). "Pennsylvania legislators hope to mirror Arizona's immigration bill". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Diana Nelson (December 24, 2010). "Some in Carrick strive to save Victorian house". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Council OKs historic status for Wigman House in Carrick". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 

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