Guy Reschenthaler

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Guy Reschenthaler
Guy Reschenthaler.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMike Doyle(14th)
Conor Lamb (18th)
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 37th district
In office
November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byMatthew H. Smith
Succeeded byTBD
Personal details
Guy Lorin Reschenthaler

(1983-04-17) April 17, 1983 (age 35)
Political partyRepublican
EducationPennsylvania State University, Behrend (BA)
Duquesne University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/warsIraq War

Guy Lorin Reschenthaler[1] (born April 17, 1983) is an American politician, attorney, judge, and U.S. Navy veteran who is serving as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district. Previously, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 37th district. A Republican, he also served as a district judge and in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) during the Iraq War.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on April 17, 1983,[2] Guy Reschenthaler was raised in Pittsburgh's South Hills, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2001. He graduated from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in three years (2001–2004). While at Behrend College, Reschenthaler received the Most Outstanding First Year Student Award. Upon graduation, Reschenthaler attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, earning a Juris Doctorate in 2007. While at Duquesne, Reschenthaler founded the Military Law Society chapter and interned at the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh.

Military career[edit]

After law school, Reschenthaler served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) in Iraq.[3]

In the U.S. Navy, Reschenthaler deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009. In 2010, he was one of three attorneys who defended a Navy SEAL accused of covering up an assault on terrorist Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi while in custody. The Navy SEAL represented by Reschenthaler and the other SEALs charged were eventually acquitted of all charges.[4]

Reschenthaler was awarded the Michael Taylor Shelby Award for Professional, Ethics and Dedication in the practice of law.[5] He left military service in 2012.

Judicial career[edit]

After his Navy service, Reschenthaler returned to Pittsburgh to practice law in spring 2012 before being elected Magisterial District Judge in Pittsburgh's South Hills in 2013.[3][6]

Reschenthaler was elected District Judge in May 2013. His tenure as District Judge was marked by intense community involvement. As a magistrate, Reschenthaler sought to reduce truancy.[7] He also fought to prevent cyberbullying in schools and held numerous educational programs to make the public aware of the threat.[citation needed]

Reschenthaler was of counsel at Pittsburgh law firm Brennan, Robins & Daley and serves as a member of Penn State Behrend's Political Science Advisory Board.[3][8]

Pennsylvania Senate[edit]

After the resignation of Democratic state senator Matt Smith, Reschenthaler won the Republican nomination for a special election in the 37th state Senate district in July 2015. He defeated the Democratic nominee, Heather Arnet, in the general election to serve the remainder of Smith's term, ending in 2016.[9][10] He was sworn-in upon the official certification of the election results, on November 24, 2015.[11][12][13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 special election[edit]

Reschenthaler announced in early October 2017 that he would be seeking the Republican nomination in the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district.[14] At the Republican Party conference, he was defeated by State Representative Rick Saccone. He received 75 votes by local activists and failed to gain a majority in the first round. He was defeated by a margin of 32 votes in the second round of voting.

2018 general election[edit]

In 2018, Rescenthaler sought the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's newly redistricted 14th congressional district. He defeated Rick Saccone in May 2018 to win the Republican Party's nomination.[15] He received 55.4% of the vote, defeating Saccone by a margin of 10.8%. In the general election, he defeated businesswoman and Democratic nomine Bibiana Boerio, receiving 58% of the vote.[16]

Association with Carl Higbie[edit]

In 2013, Reschenthaler co-hosted a radio program with Carl Higbie, who resigned from the Trump administration in 2018 over "anti-gay, anti-Muslim, racist and sexist remarks he had made on his radio program."[17] Reschenthaler also wrote the foreword to Higbie's self-published 2012 book, where, "as first reported by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, contain anti-gay, racially-charged, anti-immigrant, and birther comments."[17] Reschenthaler said in April 2018 that he was unaware of the contents of Higbie's book, which he denounced, before he had written the foreword. In April 2018, Reschenthaler disavowed the foreword he had written and said he would not have written the foreword had he known what views were represented in Higbie's book.[18] CNN reported that Higbie's book was a frequent topic of discussion on the radio show that Reschenthaler co-hosted, with Reschenthaler saying that he read parts of the book and citing those parts approvingly.[17] In a 2013 episode of the radio show, Higbie argued that "the black race" was "lazier than the white race." Reschenthaler became "audibly upset," calling Higbie's comments "insane" and "so off-base."[17] Reschenthaler encouraged Higbie not to make that episode of the show public, because it could damage both of their careers.[17] After that episode, Reschenthaler continued to associate with Higbie, co-hosting the show and having Higbie conduct book signings at Reschenthaler's fundraisers.[17] In a later episode of the show, Reschenthaler disagreed with Higbie that black people do not contribute equally to society, saying that it was "multiculturalism" that was "destroying the fabric of the country."[17]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37, Special Election: Results 2015[19]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct
2015 Guy Reschenthaler 30,565 55.1% - Heather Arnet 24,888 44.9%
US House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 14th, Republican Primary: Results 2018[20]
Year Votes Pct Votes Pct
2018 Guy Reschenthaler 23,245 55.4% - Rick Saccone 18,734 44.6%


  1. ^ Duquesne University School of Law Class of 2007
  2. ^ Perks, Ashley (2018-11-15). "Pennsylvania New Members 2019". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ a b c "Political Science Advisory Board". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Navy SEAL found not guilty of covering up assault". Orange County Register. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ Pao, Jag. "Judge Advocate Receives Federal Service Award". U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  6. ^ O'Toole, James (11 July 2015). "GOP nominates Reschenthaler for Pennsylvania Senate in 37th". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Magistrate to address truancy at West Jefferson schools". Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  8. ^ "Guy Reschenthaler". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  9. ^ Mursch, Alyssa (3 November 2015). "SD-37: Reschenthaler Wins Special Election". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Day: Republican Guy Reschenthaler takes state Senate's 37th District seat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  11. ^ Aupperlee, Aaron (3 November 2015). "Republican Reschenthaler cruises to state Senate win". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Senator-Elect Guy Reschenthaler to Take Oath of Office Nov. 24; Will Represent 37th District in Pennsylvania State Senate". Pennsylvania Senate Republicans. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  13. ^ Field, Nick (24 November 2015). "SD-37: Reschenthaler Sworn Into Office". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  14. ^ Potter, Chris (4 October 2017). "Reschenthaler announces bid for Murphy's seat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  15. ^ Lindstrom, Wes Venteicher and Natasha. "Reschenthaler gives Saccone a second election loss in two months". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania Election Results: 14th House District". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g CNN, Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie,. "GOP congressional candidate did fundraisers, hosted radio show with disgraced Trump official who made racist remarks". CNN. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  18. ^ Routh, Julian (April 27, 2018). "GOP congressional candidate Reschenthaler disavows foreword to controversial book". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Election Statistics". BallotPedia. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  20. ^ "Pennsylvania Primary Election Results: 14th House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

External links[edit]

Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Matthew H. Smith
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 37th district

Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Doyle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ayanna Pressley
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Denver Riggleman