Readshaw announces retirement from Pa. House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and the longest-serving representative of the 36th Legislative District, announced today that he will retire from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at the conclusion of the 2019-20 legislative session.

Readshaw, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, which considers legislation and regulations dealing with 29 boards and commissions that fall under the Pennsylvania Department of State, joined the House in 1995.

During his legislative career, Readshaw dedicated his time to serving constituents in all parts of his districts and in a wide variety of capacities. In addition to chairing a standing House committee, he is co-chair of the bipartisan Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission and serves on another 26 caucuses.

“For 13 terms – that translates into 25 years – I have been blessed and humbled by being elected Pennsylvania state representative of the 36th Legislative District,” Readshaw said. “The 36th District has been reapportioned twice during my tenure and has geographically changed. Yet, my constituents have honored me with their continual support, and I am very grateful.

“Over the years, I have made so many friends and have enjoyed representing the 36th District to the best of my ability,” Readshaw said. “May you all be blessed as we continue the journey in the year 2020 and show concern for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, and the municipalities of Brentwood, Baldwin, and Mt. Oliver, which compose the 36th District.”

Born and raised in Allegheny County, Readshaw attended Pittsburgh public schools and graduated from Carrick High School in 1959. He attended Duquesne University and then the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, becoming a licensed funeral director in 1965. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1971.

He and his wife, Carol, married in 1966. They have three children: Hank, Megan and Malinda, and four granddaughters and two grandsons.