Rep. Harry Readshaw's Biography
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-36 (Allegheny) was first elected to serve in the state House of Representatives in 1995. The 36th Legislative District which he serves is comprised of five boroughs: Mt. Oliver, West Homestead, Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall and portions of the City of Pittsburgh.
Rep. Readshaw has dedicated his time to serving constituents in all parts of his district and in a wide variety of capacities. He has demonstrated care and compassion and is devoted to a high degree of service and community outreach, and his staff is devoted to providing superior constituent services to people throughout the district.
Rep. Readshaw was born and raised in Allegheny County. He attended Pittsburgh public schools and graduated from Carrick High School in 1959. He attended Duquesne University, and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He became a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director in 1965, thus becoming a third-generation funeral director and operator of a funeral home. He proudly served from 1965 to 1971 in the U.S. Marine Corps, including reserve time.
Rep. Readshaw and his wife Carol, married since 1966, have three children, Hank, Megan and Malinda, and four granddaughters and two grandsons.
Currently, Rep. Readshaw serves as the Democratic Chairman of the House of Representatives Professional Licensure Committee and is co-chairman of the bipartisan commission, Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, a bipartisan group that works to promote and protect the state's military installations.
Most recently, Rep. Readshaw was inducted into the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor for his dedication to our veterans and military personnel. He has been honored for being founder, and for his continued work, of the Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments Project, which includes monuments placed in memory of troops from Pennsylvania who fought in the battlefield of Gettysburg.
Rep. Readshaw is a former chairman of the committee on excellence for Pittsburgh Public Schools and former member of the district's committee on redistricting; past president of the Carrick Business Association and Carrick Community Council; and a former chairman of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. He has received two citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for community and professional services. He has received many citations and honors from municipalities in the 36th Legislative District for service and obtaining state grant monies for local use.
Rep. Readshaw continues to serve the constituents of the 36th Legislative District with honor and integrity as exemplified in the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful).