Rep. William C. Kortz's Biography

Rep. Bill Kortz (D-38, Allegheny) is a veteran of the steel industry who worked for United States Steel Corp. for three decades, retiring as an operations manager in the galvanize division.

A 1973 graduate of McKeesport High School, Kortz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1977, majoring in criminology with a minor in political sciance. He also attended Duquesne University’s masters of business administration program.

Rep. Kortz was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006. He currently serves as minority chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, and is minority vice chairman of the Professional Licensure Committee. He is also minority chairman of the Steel Caucus.

The 38th District is comprised of the following communities: Dravosburg, West Mifflin, Glassport, Port Vue, Liberty Borough, Pleasant Hills, South Park, Baldwin, and Whitehall. It also includes the following school districts: West Mifflin, McKeesport, South Allegheny, South Park, West Jefferson Hills (T.J.), and Baldwin-Whitehall.

The issues Rep. Kortz has identified as priorities during this session include:  increasing state funding for education, job creation, transportation/ infrastructure upgrades, and access to health care.

While Rep. Kortz is committed to work at the state level on issues of importance to the 38th District, he is also committed to work in a bipartisan fashion across all levels of government to ensure progress is achieved not just in Western Pennsylvania, but across the entire state.

Rep. Kortz is the father of three children and grandfather of one. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities like motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, and swimming. He is a member of the Clairton Sportsman Club, Belle Run Hunt Club, Mon-Yough Chamber of Commerce, Dravosburg No. 1 Fire Hall, American Legion Post 380, and Glassport PNA.