PHOTO: U.S. Congress
Melissa A. Hart (R), born in 1962, in Pittsburgh, daughter of Albina Simone and the late Donald P.; Washington & Jefferson College (B.A.), 1984; University of Pittsburgh (J.D.), 1987.
Attorney; member, Allegheny County, Pa. Bar Associations, Women’s Bar Association of Western Pa., North Suburban Builder’s Association, Real Estate Education Advantage Project, Delta Gamma, Amen Corner, St. Alexis Roman Catholic Church, McCandless Republican Committee, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association, North Allegheny Church of Christ, Italian American Education Society of Arnold, Italian Sons & Daughters of America; vice-chair, Allegheny County Young Republicans, 1986-1991; board member, Community College of Allegheny County, Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, Southwestern Pa. Veterans council, University of Pittsburgh Trustees, Pa. Partnership for Economic Education, Children’s Cancer Foundation, University of Pittsburgh Dental School Board of Visitors.
Vectors, Pittsburgh Woman of the Year in Law & Government, 1994, Pa. Leadership Council People Leading Change Award, 1994; first Republican woman elected to a full Senate term.
Elected to Pa. Senate 1990; chair, Finance Committee; vice-chair, Urban Affairs & Housing Committee; member, Judiciary, Banking & Insurance, Public Health & Welfare, Rules & Executive Nominations Commission; left office January 2, 2001.
Elected to United States Congress 2001; the first Republican woman to represent Pa. in Congress.
Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-15; Volume 114, December, 1999.