Rep. Mark A. Longietti's Biography
Rep. Mark Longietti (D-7, Mercer) is a native of Sharpsville and was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006. Taught the value of education, hard work and helping others by his middle-class family, Longietti has established a strong reputation as a dedicated community servant.
After graduating with honors from Sharpsville Area High School in 1981, Longietti graduated summa cum laude from Westminster College with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. He then entered Boston College Law School and graduated cum laude with his law degree in 1988. Following law school, Longietti practiced law in Sharon for 18 years before his election to the legislature.
In the legislature, Longietti has served as a member of the House Commerce, Education, Tourism and Transportation committees, as vice chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee and as the Democratic chairman of the Basic Education Subcommittee and the Recreation Subcommittee. He served as a member of the Special Education Funding Commission which helped establish a new funding formula for the distribution of state special education funding dollars to public schools. He currently serves as a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, which seeks to establish a fair, equitable and adequate funding formula for the distribution of over $5 billion in state basic education funds to public schools. Additionally, he serves as co-chairman of the joint House/Senate Early Childhood Education Caucus and as co-chairman of the House Bicycle, Diabetes and Rural Caucuses.
Longietti has focused his legislative efforts in the areas of economic development and education. He successfully pushed legislation codifying industry partnerships which promote collaborative worker training programs between companies in an industry sector, and legislation consolidating economic development programs so that funding could be shifted between those programs in order to meet current needs. He authored legislation establishing the Economic Education and Financial Literacy program which promotes financial literacy education in Pennsylvania schools, so that students understand how to manage, save and invest money.
In addition to his professional and legislative career, Longietti has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, including local chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, Butler County Community College Advisory Board, Community Childcare Center, Keystone Blind Association, Mental Health Association of Mercer County, Laurel Technical Institute Advisory Board, Penn State Shenango Advisory Board and the United Way of Mercer County. He has also served on the boards of Economics Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. Longietti has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Sharon for nearly 40 years and currently serves as adult Sunday school teacher and worship leader.
He resides in Hermitage with his wife, Tina.