Joe Markosek

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Joseph F. Markosek
Official photo of Rep. Joseph Markosek.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 25th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 4, 1983
Preceded by Lee Taddonio
Personal details
Born (1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 64)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Religion Catholic

Joseph F. Markosek is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 25th District and was elected in 1982. During his 30-plus years in office, he has never missed a day when the House was in session.

State Representative[edit]

Appropriations Committee Chairman[edit]

Currently, he serves as Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, as elected by his peers. The committee is composed of 35 members, currently 14 Democrats and 21 Republicans. The committee conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. It also meets regularly while the House is in session to evaluate legislative proposals for fiscal implications prior to moving a bill forward in the legislative process.[1]

Transportation Committee Chairman[edit]

Previously, he served as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee during a period of major challenges.[2] His leadership led to the passage of Act 44 of 2007, Pennsylvania’s major transportation funding mechanism, which has provided more than $2 billion in additional transportation funding for Pennsylvania.[3] He was the catalyst for the widening of the Route 22 corridor in the Murrysville region of his legislative district.[4]

Legislative Initiatives[edit]

Throughout Joe’s career, he has worked to provide improved and comprehensive services for Pennsylvania’s citizens with developmental disabilities, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders. He also led special committees to investigate issues such as auto theft and problems faced by older drivers. While he is pleased the legislature enacted a texting ban to help make our roads safer, he continues to work to enact comprehensive distracted driving legislation.[5]

In the District[edit]

Joe is also active at home, championing funding for libraries, youth facilities, local governments, EMS providers, transportation improvements, health-care organizations, and local access for senior citizens and people with disabilities. He is an active member of the Monroeville Area and Plum chambers of commerce, as well as the Murrysville Library Foundation Board. He also sits on the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System Board[6] and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Advisory Committee.[7]

Background[edit]

Joe is a 1972 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. His son Brandon is a student at Duquesne University. He is a lifelong resident of Allegheny County and avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He is also active in his church, St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Before taking office in 1983, Joe worked with Westinghouse Water Reactor Division as a buyer of nuclear components. He was sent to Three Mile Island immediately following the nuclear accident in 1979 as part of the repair/recovery team.[8]

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