Rep. Joseph F. Markosek's Biography

Joe Markosek is serving an 18th term as the representative for the 25th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. During his 30-plus years in office, he has never missed a day when the House was in session.

Joe is the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, as elected by his peers. The committee, which is composed of 15 Democratic and 22 Republican members, conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. It also meets regularly when the House is in session to evaluate bills for fiscal implications before they move forward in the legislative process.

Joe served as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee during a period of major challenges. His leadership led to the passage of Act 44 of 2007, Pennsylvania’s major transportation funding mechanism, which increased transportation funding by more than $2 billion. He also was the catalyst for the widening of the Route 22 corridor in the Murrysville region of his legislative district, and recently cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the Route 286 Golden Mile Highway Improvement Project.

Joe has worked throughout his career to provide improved and comprehensive services for Pennsylvania’s citizens with developmental disabilities, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders. He also led special committees to investigate issues like auto theft and problems specific to older drivers. While he is pleased the legislature enacted a texting ban to help make our roads safer, he continues to work to enact comprehensive distracted driving legislation.

Joe is also active at home, championing funding for libraries, youth facilities, local governments, EMS providers, transportation improvements, health-care organizations, and local access for senior citizens and people with disabilities. He is an active member of the Monroeville Area and Plum chambers of commerce, as well as the Murrysville Library Foundation Board. He also sits on the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System Board and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Advisory Committee.

Joe is a 1972 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He has a son, Brandon. Rep. Markosek is a life-long resident of Allegheny County and is also an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He is active in his church, St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville.

Before taking office in 1983, Joe worked with Westinghouse Water Reactor Division as a buyer of nuclear components. He was sent to Three Mile Island as part of the repair/recovery team immediately following the nuclear accident in 1979.