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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Mike Doyle(14th) |
Conor Lamb (18th)
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 37th district
November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Matthew H. Smith|
Guy Lorin Reschenthaler
April 17, 1983
|Education||Pennsylvania State University, Behrend (BA)|
Duquesne University (JD)
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
Guy Lorin Reschenthaler (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
Born on April 17, 1983, 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.
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.
Reschenthaler was awarded the Michael Taylor Shelby Award for Professional, Ethics and Dedication in the practice of law. He left military service in 2012.
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. He also fought to prevent cyberbullying in schools and held numerous educational programs to make the public aware of the threat.
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. He was sworn-in upon the official certification of the election results, on November 24, 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives
2018 special election
Reschenthaler announced in early October 2017 that he would be seeking the Republican nomination in the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district. 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
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. 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.
Association with Carl Higbie
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." 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." 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. 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. 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." Reschenthaler encouraged Higbie not to make that episode of the show public, because it could damage both of their careers. After that episode, Reschenthaler continued to associate with Higbie, co-hosting the show and having Higbie conduct book signings at Reschenthaler's fundraisers. 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."
|2015||Guy Reschenthaler||30,565||55.1%||-||Heather Arnet||24,888||44.9%|
|2018||Guy Reschenthaler||23,245||55.4%||-||Rick Saccone||18,734||44.6%|
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- Campaign website
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
Matthew H. Smith
| Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 37th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority
|116th||Senate: B. Casey Jr. • P. Toomey||House: M. Doyle • G. Thompson • M. Kelly • T. Marino • M. Cartwright • S. Perry • B. Boyle • D. Evans • B. Fitzpatrick • L. Smucker • C. Lamb • M. Scanlon • S. Wild • M. Dean • C. Houlahan • J. Joyce • D. Meuser • G. Reschenthaler|