Rep. Jake Wheatley's Biography
Rep. Jake Wheatley is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was first sworn into office in 2003 to serve the 19th Legislative District and is the longest-serving African American member in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Wheatley serves as the first African American to serve as the chair of the House Professional Licensure Committee, which oversees the 29 professional boards and commissions that set the standards and practices of our workforce.
As one of our state's most senior members in the General Assembly, Rep. Wheatley has developed and acquired significant influence and power to assist his residents and district. Known for his fierce advocacy and as someone who doesn't seek the limelight, but rather a behind-the-scenes worker to get things done, he uses former House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis’s statement, “through us they speak” as a guiding principle and reminder of serving the people. He refers to his office as the People’s Office and he attempts to live up to the charge of being the People’s Representative each and every day. He continues to lead the charge on several issues, including minority and women-owned business inclusion, quality and equitable education for all children, social and criminal justice reforms, high quality and accessible out of school time programming, and the fight to end the discriminatory and irresponsible prohibition on cannabis.
Rep. Wheatley and his family are proud residents of the Historic Hill District in Pittsburgh. The 19th Legislative District incorporates Downtown and Oakland locations of the city, considered the state's second and third most vital economic generating locations. It is an economically and culturally diverse district that spans across more than 20 of the 90 city neighborhoods. From Hazelwood to Marshall Shadeland on the Northside, the 19th District is the entryway into the region.