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Pennsylvania legislator Jason Ortitay to run for Congressman Tim Murphy's seat

| Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
State Rep. Jason Ortitay, 33, of Bridgeville, announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 18th Congressional District seat after Rep. Tim Murphy resigns.
State Rep. Jason Ortitay, 33, of Bridgeville, announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 18th Congressional District seat after Rep. Tim Murphy resigns.

State Rep. Jason Ortitay said Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy in Congress.

Ortitay, R-Bridgeville, was elected to the state House in 2014. He is secretary of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Gaming Oversight and Urban Affairs committees. He owns and operates the Avella-based Jason's Cheesecake Co.

β€œIn Washington, I plan to focus on building educational opportunities for all our citizens, generate family-sustaining jobs, work on creating a fair and reformed tax code, and to ensure the safety and prosperity of not only Pennsylvania, but all of our great nation,” Ortitay, 33, said in a statement. β€œI intend to get things done for our state and country.”

Ortitay will compete against at least three other Republicans for the GOP nomination.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced two weeks ago that Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, would resign Oct. 21 in the wake of an extramarital scandal .

A group of Republican officials from Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties will nominate a candidate to run in a special election to replace Murphy. A date for the election has not been set. According to state rules, Gov. Tom Wolf will have 10 days from Murphy's resignation to set a special election date, which he must schedule at least 60 days later. Murphy's term ends in January 2019.

At least five Democrats are vying for their party's nomination to run for Murphy's seat in the 18th Congressional District.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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