Guy Reschenthaler

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Guy Reschenthaler
Guy Reschenthaler, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byConor Lamb (Redistricting)
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 37th district
In office
November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byMatthew H. Smith
Succeeded byPam Iovino
Personal details
Guy Lorin Reschenthaler

(1983-04-17) April 17, 1983 (age 37)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationPennsylvania State University, Behrend (BA)
Duquesne University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service 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. A Republican, he is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district and was previously a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 37th district. He 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]

Reschenthaler was born in Pittsburgh on April 17, 1983.[2] He was raised in Pittsburgh's South Hills and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2001. He graduated from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in 2004 with a BA in political science. Upon graduation, Reschenthaler attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, earning a JD 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.[3]

Military career[edit]

After law school, Reschenthaler served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) in Iraq.[4]

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.[5]

Reschenthaler was awarded the Michael Taylor Shelby Award for Professional, Ethics and Dedication in the practice of law.[6] He left military service in 2012.

Legal 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.[4][7] He was elected district judge in May 2013. As a magistrate, Reschenthaler sought to reduce truancy.[8]

In 2013, Reschenthaler briefly 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."[9] He also wrote the foreword to Higbie's self-published 2012 book, which contained racist, homophobic, and xenophobic content.[10][9] He said in April 2018 that he denounced the book and was unaware of its contents when he wrote the foreword. In April 2018, he disavowed the foreword he had written and said he would not have written the foreword. 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.[9] 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."[9] Reschenthaler encouraged Higbie not to make that episode of the show public, because it could damage both of their careers.[9] After that episode, Reschenthaler continued to associate with Higbie, co-hosting the show and having Higbie conduct book signings at Reschenthaler's fundraisers.[9] 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."[9]

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.[4][11]

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.[12][13] He was sworn-in upon the official certification of the election results on November 24, 2015.[14][15][16]

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.[17] 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]

After a court threw out Pennsylvania's congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, the 18th was renumbered as the 14th and made even more Republican on paper.[18] Democrat Conor Lamb defeated Saccone in the special election for the old 18th, but had his home drawn into the neighboring 17th district (the former 12th district) and sought a full term there.

Rescenthaler ran in the Republican primary for the reconfigured 14th, again facing Saccone. This time, he won the nomination.[19] 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.[20]

2020 general election[edit]

Reschenthaler is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020,[21] running against United States Marine Corps Veteran William Marx (Democratic Party).[22]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy Reschenthaler 23,245 55.4
Republican Rick Saccone 18,734 44.6
Total votes 41,979 100.0
Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy Reschenthaler 151,386 57.9
Democratic Bibiana Boerio 110,051 42.1
Total votes 261,437 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic


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

External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
Pam Iovino
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