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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 -

Born April 4, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from North Allegheny High School. Earned a degree at Washington and Jefferson College; entered the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Served as a senator in the state Senate from 1991 to 2000. She was later appointed co-chair of the Platform Committee for the 2004 Republican National Convention. In November 2000 Hart was elected to the House of Representatives from the Fourth District of the State of Pennsylvania, winning an open seat previously held by a Democrat. She was the first Republican woman to represent Pennsylvania at the federal level. 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, by a wider margin than in 2006. Hart sought to return to the Pennsylvania Senate in a 2012 special election, but lost the Republican primary to state Representative Randy Vulakovich.