HARRISBURG – Speaker Designee Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Caucus Chairman Rep. Mike Reese:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I join my colleagues in mourning the loss of our fellow member and dear friend, Rep. Mike Reese.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife, Angela, and their three children, Addison, Claire and Michael Eric. We owe them our sincerest gratitude for sharing their father and husband with us in the Legislature and allowing him to share his gifts with all of us.
“Mike’s approach to the work of a lawmaker is what each of us strives to emulate. He remained committed to his convictions and values, but always engaged respectfully with every person he encountered.
“As a member of Republican leadership, Mike’s thoroughness and thoughtfulness shined brightly in every discussion. He was not afraid to point out unfairness or inequities in any situation. Mike stood for truth and respect for all people, and in choosing a path that led him to the Legislature, every Pennsylvanian benefitted from Mike’s efforts to serve his community.
“Rep. Reese was recently reelected to serve a seventh term on behalf of the voters of the 59th district in Westmoreland and Somerset counties and his voice will be greatly missed in our caucus and our chamber.
“My prayers are with his family, friends and constituents at this most difficult of times, and we will keep his spirit with us as we begin a new session.”
Speaker Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives