10/10/1939 -

PITTS, Joseph R., a Representative from Chester County; born, October 10, 1939 in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky.; A.B., Asbury College, 1961; M.Ed., West Chester State College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania), 1972; captain, Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force (1963-1969, Vietnam War); high school science and math teacher; elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1973 term and served 11 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Minority Appropriations Chair (1988-1994); elected, Majority Appropriations Chair (1995-1996); appointed, Special Committee to Review Juvenile Unrest and Gang Wars in the Philadelphia Area (1973-1974); appointed, at-large, Select Committee to Investigate the State Water Plan (1974); appointed, chair, House Select Committee to Investigate SEPTA (1979); appointed, Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee (1981-1982); appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committees (1983-1988); appointed, Select Committee on Seasonal Farm Laborers (1984); appointed, Commonwealth Committee on Bicentennial of United States Constitution (1987); appointed, chair, Legislative Bicentennial Subcommittee (1987-1988); appointed, board, State Employees’ Retirement System (1993-1994); appointed, Select Committee on Nonpreferred Appropriations (1994); appointed, House Select Committee on Violence (1994); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1996); elected, United States Congress (1997-2017); elected, delegate, Republican National Convention (2004).



Archival Collections

Papers of Congressman Joseph R. Pitts, Special Collections, Asbury University Library, Wilmore, KY. (unprocessed)


Congressional Biography

After 24 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Joseph R. Pitts went on to serve in congress

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