Jess M. Stairs

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Jess M. Stairs
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 59th[2] district
In office
January 4, 1977[1] – November 30, 2008
Preceded by Eugene G. Saloom
Succeeded by Mike Reese
Personal details
Born (1942-06-05) June 5, 1942 (age 75)
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joan Stairs
Children 2 children
Residence Acme, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Penn State University

Jess M. Stairs was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 59th District from 1977 onwards.[3] In 2002, he was a candidate to replace John E. Barley as Majority Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, eventually losing to Dave Argall.[4] In an open letter to the House Caucus announcing his candidacy, Stairs criticized Barley's dual positions as both chair of the House Republican Campaign Committee and chair of the Appropriations Committee.[5] He expressed his desire to work with John Perzel, saying that "John Perzel is a city fellow and fights like an alley cat. I will join him as a country boy and fight like a barn cat."[5]

He and his wife live in Acme, Pennsylvania and have 2 children. He retired prior to the 2008 election was succeeded by Republican Mike Reese.


  1. ^ "Session of 1977 - 16lst of the General Assembly - Vol. 1, No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1977-01-04. 
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (2010-02-26). "House Members S". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Jess Stairs Profile". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ Micek, John (Apr 8, 2002). "Schuylkill, Berks lawmakers in running for key post. Rep. David Argall seen as favorite for chair of House Appropriations". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. 
  5. ^ a b Stairs, Jess (2002). "Jess Stairs - Subject: Appropriations Chairmanship". PoliticsPA. Archived from the original on 2002-08-04. 

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