State Rep. Dick Hess Dead at 74

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State Rep. Dick Hess

State Representative Dick Hess died today at the age of 74. According to Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hess died from complications from a leg surgery.

Rep. Hess joined the State House in 1987 and served through fourteen terms as the representative of the 78th Legislative District. He had risen through the ranks to become Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Rep. Hess had an illustrious career which included chairing the House Commerce Committee during the last legislative session as well as serving on the House Judiciary and Rules Committees. Hess was also a member of the Republican Policy Committee.

Hess first became a public official in 1965 when he became chief clerk to the Bedford County Commissioners. In 1971, he became Bedford County’s Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts. Ultimately, Hess spent forty-eight straight years serving his community and the state in some form of public office.

A 1958 graduate of Saxton Liberty High School, Hess lived in Bedford with his wife Shirley, and was a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church. He is survived by one son, Jeff, who is married to Lizette, and three grandchildren, Erika, Zachary, and Haden.

Update: Adam Bonin, an elections lawyer, tweeted the following response about the process to fill Hess’ seat.

Adam Bonin (@adambonin) 9/6/13 2:18 PM Because today’s exactly 60 days until Nov election, special to replace the late St Rep Dick Hess will have to be off-cycle. cc: @PoliticsPA

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