Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart REPRepublican

American politician

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Melissa HartREPRepublican American politician
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Years of Experience
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Melissa Anne Hart (born April 4, 1962) is an American lawyer and politician. She was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007, representing western Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. She was the first Republican woman to represent Pennsylvania at the federal level. Prior to her service in Congress, Hart served in the Pennsylvania Senate, where she chaired the finance committee. She was the first Republican woman elected to serve a full term in the Pennsylvania Senate in 1990 when she was 28 years old. In her first run for office, Hart defeated an incumbent in a senate district that included parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Armstrong counties. In the 2006 midterm elections, Hart lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Jason Altmire. She challenged Altmire again in the 2008 election, but was defeated again. She was a candidate for Republican nomination in the 2022 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, but dropped out on May 13, four days before the primary election and endorsed Lou Barletta.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
North Allegheny Senior High School
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Juris Doctor
1987
Washington & Jefferson College
Bachelor of Arts
1984
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2001 - 2007
Senator
Pennsylvania Senate
1990 - 2000
Partner
RPC Strategies
2018 - 2021
Attorney
Hergenroeder Rega Ewing & Kennedy, Limited Liability Company
2017 - Current
Director
Enterprise Financial Services Group, Incorporated
2017 - Current
Principal
Renaissance Partners, Limited Liability Company
2007 - 2017
Counsel
Doepken, Keevican, and Weiss, PC
1997 - Current
Attorney
Hergenroeder and Heights, PC
1987 - 1997
Other Experience1 - 40 of 40
Member Board of Trustees
Veterans Leadership Program
1998 - 2009
Member
Woman of the Year in Law and Government
1994
People Leading Change
1994
Member
Young Republicans of Allegheny County
1986 - 1991
Member
Outstanding Young Women of America
1989
Member
Jefferson College Republicans
1983 - 1984
President
Washington and Jefferson College Republicans
1983
Board
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Board Member
Allegheny Valley Development Corporation
Board Member
Community College of Allegheny County
Board of Directors
Pennsylvania Partnership for Economic Education
Board of Directors
Children's Cancer Foundation
Board of Directors
Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program
Board of Trustees
Community College of Allegheny City
Board of Visitors
University of Pittsburgh Dental School
Executive Committee
University of Pittsburgh Alumni
Experience
National Guard and Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
Experience
Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania
Experience
Southwestern Pennsylvania Veterans Council
Experience
Italian Sons and Daughters of America
Experience
Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training
Experience
Pennsylvania Leadership Council
Experience
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Experience
Recipient Zonta
Experience
Vectors of Pittsburgh
Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
Arnold Italian-American Education Society
Member
American Legislative Exchange Council
Member
Allegheny County Bar Association
Member
Saint Alexis Church, Wexford, present
Member
Saint Alexis Church
Member
Pittsburgh Film Office
Trustee
University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees
Trustee
University of Pittsburgh
Trustee
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
McCandless Republican Committee
1987
Experience
McGee Women's Hospital Leadership Caucus
Experience
Republican Study Committee
Experience
Pennsylvania Firefighters Legislative Caucus
Experience
Land Use and Sprawl Task Force