Hess, veteran Pennsylvania lawmaker, dies after surgery at UPMC Shadyside
Longtime state Rep. Dick Hess died Friday at age 74 from complications that arose after recent leg surgery.
Hess died at UPMC Shadyside, surrounded by his family.
Hess was a 14-term veteran of the House, where he most recently chaired the Transportation Committee.
A Republican, his district ran through Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties in Western Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Corbett ordered Pennsylvania flags to be lowered to half-staff at the Capitol Complex and all state facilities.
“Dick Hess was a champion of economic progress, moral values and individual rights — principles he represented unfailingly in his 26 years in the General Assembly,'' Corbett said in a statement.
“In both his role as chairman of the House Commerce Committee and, this session, chairing the House Transportation Committee, Dick placed the economic well-being of Pennsylvania's citizens foremost,” Corbett said. “He was guided in this service by his experience as a prothonotary and clerk of courts in Bedford County, as well as his deep religious faith.”
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, and his wife, Lidia, offered their condolences.
“We are saddened by the news of Chairman Hess's death, and extend our sincerest sympathies to his family,” Turzai said in a statement. “Dick was a tireless advocate for the people of the 78th District and was a devoted legislator, hard-working chairman, and a friend — he will be missed.”
Hess and his wife of 49 years, Shirley, lived in Bedford. Hess has one son, Jeff, a daughter-in-law, Lizette, and three grandchildren, Erika, Zachary and Haden, according to his official biography.
Funeral arrangements were being finalized.
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.