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Pennsylvania State Senate

Melissa A Hart

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Session Position District Party
1991 40 Republican
1992 40 Republican
1993 40 Republican
1994 40 Republican
1995 40 Republican
1996 40 Republican
1997 40 Republican
1998 40 Republican
1999 40 Republican
2000 40 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1962 -

Early Life:

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.

Early Career:

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.

Pennsylvania Politics:

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 November 30, 2000. 

National Politics:

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.

After 10 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, Melissa A Hart went on to serve in congress