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Jake Wheatley Jr. is a recognized United States Marine combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm who received the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, is a proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh. Rep. Wheatley holds a bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he graduated with honors. He went on to receive a master's of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He was first elected in 2002 to represent the 19th Legislative District, which includes historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as: the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown, the Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights, and West, South and North Oakland, among others.

As a first-term legislator, Rep. Wheatley was identified by a nonpartisan highly recognized political website as one of six rising political stars to watch. In 2005, he was identified by PoliticsPA.com as one of the 100 most influential politicians in the state. Most recently he was identified by a national political magazine as one of three Pennsylvania state representatives to watch as a political star.

Rep. Wheatley was the second member ever to be selected to serve on the powerful Appropriations Committee as a first-term legislator. Now just in his third term, Wheatley serves as the majority chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education as well as the majority chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Education and Transportation committees, treasurer for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and as the vice chair for the Democratic Policy Committee. He also serves as a deputy majority whip for the House Democratic Caucus.

Rep. Wheatley was the second member ever to be selected to serve on the powerful Appropriations Committee as a first-term legislator. Now just in his third term, Wheatley serves as the majority chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education as well as the majority chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he serves as a member of the Education and Transportation committees, treasurer for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and as the vice chair for the Democratic Policy Committee. He also serves as a deputy majority whip for the House Democratic Caucus.

From his very first day of service, Rep. Wheatley has championed the cause of access and inclusion for all of Pennsylvanians. He has been a stalwart in the Democratic Caucus and in Harrisburg pushing for economic development, mass transit, and true education funding and academic advancements for all children as well as providing leadership on covering every Pennsylvanian with quality, affordable and error-free care.

Rep. Wheatley relishes his role as a public servant and is committed to being a vehicle for citizens of the 19th Legislative District and throughout the Commonwealth for positive change in the quality of their communities and their lives. He has always believed that he works for those who have sent him to Harrisburg and has used the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis' statement "Through us, they speak" as a guiding principle in his daily work. For this same reason, Rep. Wheatley calls his district office the People's Office as a daily reminder of this principle to himself, his staff and the people he is honored to serve.

Rep. Wheatley relishes his role as a public servant and is committed to being a vehicle for citizens of the 19th Legislative District and throughout the Commonwealth for positive change in the quality of their communities and their lives. He has always believed that he works for those who have sent him to Harrisburg and has used the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis’ statement “Through us, they speak” as a guiding principle in his daily work. For this same reason, Rep. Wheatley calls his district office the People’s Office as a daily reminder of this principle to himself, his staff and the people he is honored to serve.

Inside his six year tenure in the state legislature, Rep. Wheatley has earned the respect of his colleagues and his constituents by his appointments to the following posts:

  • Deputy Majority Whip
  • Subcommittee Chairman of Education for the Appropriations Committee
  • Subcommittee Chairman on Health for the Health and Human Services Committee
  • Member, Education Committee
  • Member, Transportation Committee
  • Rep. Wheatley led a community initiative calling for a Community Benefits Agreement between the Hill District community, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Sports and Exhibition Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Improving the quality of education for all children is a high priority of Rep. Wheatley and as a member of the House Education Committee, he has initiated reforms to close the "achievement gap" in Pittsburgh's schools.
  • When the Pittsburgh Public Schools budget called for school closings, Rep. Wheatley went to work to organize a community meeting to address the concerns of parents and to give them a voice in how these closings would impact their children and their families
  • Rep. Wheatley has worked with the Legislative Black Caucus to create the Public Health Crime and Violence Prevention Task Force to address the threat of violent crime, guns and other forms of crime and violence in our neighborhoods. Through this program, Rep. Wheatley is working hard to create high-quality after school programs which he views as essential to fighting the war on crime
  • His leadership on the slots casino issue helped ensure that the various neighborhoods most directly impacted could prepare and benefit from the enactment of this
  • Rep. Wheatley co-sponsored legislation to expand prescription drug coverage without raising taxes or increasing state spending.

 


Serving the Community:

  • Hill District
  • North Side
  • South Side
  • Allentown
  • Hazelwood
  • Downtown Pittsburgh
  • The Bluff
  • Knoxville
  • Beltzhoover
  • Manchester
  • Arlington
  • Arlington Heights
  • North Oakland
  • South Oakland
  • West Oakland

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