Keith R. McCall

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Keith R. McCall
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 122nd district
In office
Preceded by Thomas McCall
Succeeded by Doyle Heffley
138th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 6, 2009 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Dennis O'Brien
Succeeded by Sam Smith
Democratic Whip of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2007 – November 30, 2008
Preceded by Mike Veon
Succeeded by Bill DeWeese
Personal details
Born (1959-12-16) December 16, 1959 (age 55)
Coaldale, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Betty McCall
Relations Thomas J. McCall (father)
Residence Summit Hill, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Penn State University
Harrisburg Area Community College
Religion Roman Catholic

Keith R. McCall is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who represented the 122nd District from 1982 to 2011. He served as the Speaker of the House during the 2009–2011 legislative session.


McCall was elected in 1982 at the age of 22 to replace his late father Thomas McCall, who represented the district from 1975 until his death in 1981.[1] He was re-elected to nine succeeding sessions of the House. He served several terms as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee before being elected Majority Whip for the 2007–08 session. In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named him as a possible successor to House Minority Leader Bill DeWeese.[2]

McCall announced in 2008 that he would run for Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seeking to replace Republican Dennis O'Brien, whom the Democratic-controlled House elected as a compromise candidate in 2007.[1] Democratic Majority Leader and former Speaker Bill DeWeese endorsed McCall for the post[3] and the House Democratic caucus nominated him for Speaker in November 2008.[4] The Pennsylvania House of Representatives elected McCall Speaker on Jan. 6, 2009. The Pennsylvania Report credited his "moderate legislative record and impressive behind the scenes legislative abilities" for his election to the Speakership.[5] He has a wife Betty Wehr and 2 children, Courtny 11, and Keith Robert 8.


  1. ^ a b John Micek (2008-11-11). "Rep. Keith McCall Running For State House Speaker". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ "The Changing of the Guard". PoliticsPA (The Publius Group). 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-01-12. 
  3. ^ Mark Scolforo (2008-11-11). "Power play: Pa. lawmakers pursue leadership posts". Associated Press, printed by York Daily Record. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ Brad Bumsted (2008-11-18). "House Democrats hand DeWeese No. 2 slot". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  5. ^ "PA Report 100" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. 

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