Turzai Statement on Speaker Smith Not Running For Re-Election
2/11/2014
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) issued the following statement regarding the announcement today by Speaker of the House Sam Smith that he will not be running for re-election:

“Sam Smith has been a true friend, and it has been an honor and pleasure to serve in the House of Representatives with him. We are all proud he is part of our leadership team. The Speaker is a true statesman who is willing and able to bring differing parties together for the best interests of the Commonwealth and the people of Pennsylvania.

“Most recently, he facilitated the House passage of legislation to reduce the size of the legislature to result in a more efficient government to serve the people.

“As Speaker of the House, Sam has brought a level of decorum and professionalism to the institution that is indispensable and nothing short of admirable. His ability to remain calm and bipartisan under pressure has earned him immense respect among our colleagues. Speaker Smith has been a tremendous mentor, who having also served in the role of Majority Leader provided extraordinary guidance over the past few years for which I will always be grateful.

“In addition to being an outstanding legislator to the citizens of the 66th Legislative District in Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties, the Speaker has been one of the most dynamic and steadfast leaders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“I extend my best wishes for Sam’s future happiness and success and know that he will continue to play a significant role in his community after retirement.” 

Representative Mike Turzai
Majority Leader
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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