Longietti announces he will not seek ninth term

Will finish current term in House with nearly 16 years of service

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that he will not seek a ninth term in office. Longietti has served the 7th Legislative District since 2007 and will serve out the balance of his term, which ends Nov. 30.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to represent the people of the Shenango Valley and surrounding communities, and I am grateful for the tremendous support and confidence I have received over the years from my fellow citizens,” Longietti said.  “Now, it is time to turn to the next chapter of my life and new ways in which I hope to give back to my community.” 

In nearly 16 years in office, Longietti never missed a voting session day in Harrisburg, and he has participated in hundreds of policy hearings across the state to make sure Mercer County has had a voice in proposed legislation. At home, he was a regular at community events and worked out of his Hermitage office to make sure residents throughout the district received the assistance they needed.

“I am proud of the great work my staff has provided to countless constituents to help cut through bureaucratic red tape, solve problems and make their lives a bit easier,” Longietti said.

During his time in the legislature, Longietti has been a strong advocate for public education and for increasing educational opportunities for all citizens. He has served on the House Education Committee for more than 12 years and is currently the Democratic chairman. In addition, he served as co-chairman of the Early Childhood Education Caucus for the past six years. As a member of the Basic Education and Special Education Funding commissions, he helped develop a new funding formula for driving out state dollars to K-12 schools.

“Education is the great equalizer in providing opportunity for all citizens, and it is the foundation for growing economies,” Longietti said. “I believe my work in advancing educational opportunities for our citizens has been vital to the future of our community.”

Longietti is proud of the many resources he brought to Mercer County, including the investments he delivered for projects such as the Hope Center for Arts and Technology, The Landings at the former Westinghouse Building, the planned Hermitage Town Center Project, the Thiel College Academic Center renovation and expansion, and many other significant projects.

“In Harrisburg, I fought hard to bring dollars back home to help revitalize our community,” he said.

Longietti also played a key role in bringing many new programs to Mercer County, including the Nurse Family Partnership, which helps first-time expectant mothers and newborns; Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which engages the youngest children in reading; What’s So Cool About Manufacturing, which exposes area middle school students to modern day manufacturing; and Lots to Love, which helps repurpose once-blighted properties in Sharon.

Longietti said he hopes the programs and resources he brought back to the district will have a long-lasting impact and that his legacy of work will lead to future progress.

“I like to believe we have built a strong foundation that will leave the district well positioned for continued growth,” Longietti said. “The people of Mercer County are amazing people, and they deserve no less.”