Jake Wheatley

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Jake Wheatley, Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 19th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2003[1]
Preceded by William Russell Robinson
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
University of Pittsburgh
Awards Combat Action Ribbon
Southwest Asia Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1989 — 1992
Battles/wars Gulf War

Jake Wheatley, Jr. is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. He represents the 19th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives which includes a number of areas in the city of Pittsburgh including: the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown Pittsburgh, The Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights and, North, South and West Oakland.


Wheatley graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Public Administration.

Wheatley also served in the United States Marine Corps where his service included action in Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded with the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Southwest Asia Service Medal

Political career[edit]

From 1998-2000, Wheatley served as executive assistant to Sala Udin, a politically powerful councilman at the time. In 2002, Wheatley ran for the 19th Legislative District Allegheny County. Seven-term incumbent Bill Robinson tried to derail the Wheatley campaign by revealing a 'youthful indiscretion' that was later expunged from Wheatley's record. In 2012, Wheatley apologized to his constituents after his arrest on charges of simple assault related to an altercation with his fiancee over childcare expenses.[2]

During his third term, Wheatley serves as the Majority Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education as well as the majority Chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Education and Transportation committees, Vice Chair for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and as the Vice Chair for the Democratic Policy Committee. He also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Wheatley is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.[3]

Wheatley entered the race for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Pittsburgh in the 2013 election in early March 2013,[4] but lost the primary election, coming in third behind winner Bill Peduto and runner-up Jack Wagner.[5]

House service[edit]

Wheatley serves on the Appropriations, Health and Human Services Education and Transportation. He is the Majority Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and is only the second first-term legislator to serve on that committee. He also serves as Vice Chair for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Vice Chair on the Democratic Policy Committee and Deputy Majority Whip for the House Democratic Caucus.


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2003 - 187TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY — No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2003-01-07. 
  2. ^ http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/05/10/charges-withdrawn-against-wheatleys-fiancee/
  3. ^ "Members List". Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "With Luke Ravenstahl out, more candidates jump into Pittsburgh mayoral race". WTAE Pittsburgh. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Magee, Bryan (22 May 2013). "Peduto Wins Pittsburgh Mayor Primary". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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