- For the American ice hockey coach, see Jeff Pyle (ice hockey).
|Jeffrey P. Pyle|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 60th district
January 4, 2005
|Preceded by||Jeff Coleman|
August 30, 1964 |
|Children||Katie and Lauren|
|Residence||Ford City, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Indiana University
West Virginia University
Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Pyle (born August 30, 1964) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was elected in 2004. He represents the 60th District which includes parts of Armstrong and Indiana counties.
Pyle is a 1986 graduate West Virginia University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He later earned a bachelor of science in secondary social studies education, graduating cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991. Pyle went on to teach American history and government at Ford City High School as well as Social Studies at Shannock Valley Jr./Sr. High School. He was recognized for his efforts in and out of the classroom, being named Educator of the Year within his school district in 1999 and Conservation Educator of the Year in 2000.
Pyle ran for the 60th Legislative District seat after popular then-incumbent Jeff Coleman surprised constituents and colleagues alike by announcing that he would not seek another term. Coleman then publicly endorsed Pyle as his successor through a series of campaign ads.
Prior to his election to the house in 2004, Pyle was the Mayor of Ford City, Pennsylvania. In 2004, he took over 61% of the vote in winning his first term. He was re-elected in 2006 with over 70% and again in 2008 running unopposed.
In his first term, Pyle introduced legislation to increase the penalties on drug delivery resulting in death. This passed the house 199-0 but was not considered by the Senate. He also worked on legislation to provide property tax relief by raising the state sales tax by 1%. The amendment failed by a few votes.
In 2007, Representative Pyle was appointed as a Deputy Whip and chairs the Task Force on Drugs and Law Enforcement. His work greatly enabled the decision of Allegheny Technologies Inc to build their hot strip mill in Brackenridge which solidified ATI's western Pennsylvania steel making and those jobs for the next century to come. He also serves on the following committees: Environmental Resources and Energy (chair of the subcommittee on Mining), Labor Relations, Liquor Control and as the Republican Secretary of Transportation (chair of the subcommittee on Aviation). In addition, he serves on the House Republican Policy Committee and is a member of the Firefighters and Sportsmens Caucuses Executive Board and chairs the Coal and Diabetes Caucuses. For the 2009-10 legislative session, Pyle has been appointed to serve on the House Environmental Resources and Energy, Game and Fisheries, Transportation and Liquor Control Committees.
In 2014 there was a chemical spill of MHCM that polluted the drinking water of 300,000 people around Charleston, West Virginia. The MCHM remaining in the damaged tanks was moved from West Virginia to Rosebud Mining's Dutch Run coal preparation plant near Elderton, Pennsylvania, within Pyle's district, in February, 2014. Reacting to news that Washington lawmakers want more oversight of MCMH, Representative Pyle said training of emergency responders makes sense, but requiring federal oversight of something that’s been used for fifty years is “capricious".
Pyle is a survivor of kidney cancer, which was discovered shortly after his election. He underwent surgery and has made a full recovery. Since then, he has remained very active with the American Cancer Society and its Relays for Life over a five county area.
He is an avid outdoorsman and rated A+ by the National Rifle Association. He is also a member of the Firearm Owners Against Crime, the Ford City Lions Club, the Kittanning Elks Club, the Ford City Eagles Club, Pony Farm Trap and Gun Club and the Ford City Sportsmens' Club.
- "SESSION OF 2005 - 189TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2005-01-04.
- House Bill 1704 History
- http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/search/s_458121.html Pittsburgh Tribune Review, House vote seals deal on tax relief
- "Casey Call for Federal Oversight of MCHM". WCCS AM 1160. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-02-14.