Pennsylvania Speaker To Retire

Via The Washington Examiner:

McCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania — Mike Turzai, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will announce Thursday morning that he will not seek reelection for the suburban Pittsburgh seat he has held since a 2001 special election. Turzai rose to majority leader of the state House in 2011 and became speaker in 2015.

“I’ve been honored to serve, and it’s been an amazing journey, but it’s good to move on and let another generation of leaders develop,” Turzai told the Washington Examiner. He described it as a tough decision, but he decided: “It’s time. It’s time to pass the torch on to another generation of leaders. And I’m actually quite comfortable with that.”

The fiscal conservative has represented the upper-class suburban Allegheny County 28th legislative district, including Marshall, McCandless, and Pine townships as well as Franklin Park and his home borough of Bradford Woods.

Turzai, 60, is a Notre Dame alumnus who practiced law in Pittsburgh before his first election. He and his wife Lidia, a pediatrician, are the parents of three sons: one at Notre Dame, one at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and one a junior at North Allegheny High School.