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Evankovich to Step Down in August

State Rep. Eli Evankovich announced Monday afternoon plans to step down at the end of the summer to take a position with a manufacturing firm.

“As the chairman of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, I heard untold stories and challenges that manufacturers right here in Pennsylvania endure. By bringing their stories to Harrisburg, I believe we have made a difference,” he said in an official statement.

Evankovich did not name the company that hired him, saying only that it is headquartered in western Pennsylvania and that his starting date is in August.

He said running for office was never about obtaining a career position in the Legislature, and that he will spend the next month on “unfinished work” locally and in Harrisburg.

The four-term Republican lawmaker represents the 54th district that includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. He already had announced in December 2016 that he would not seek a fifth term.



8 Responses

  1. He was genuinely unique, in that he was equally despised on both sides of the aisle…he will truly not be missed.

  2. This is the best news that’s come out of the State House GOP in a while for everyone from his office staff to constituents… the fact that he’s leaving. I wonder if he’s going to set a shining example as Mr. Conservative and not take a PENSION! LOL!

    1. Gee…your brilliance is overwhelming. He hasn’t been in the House long enough to earn a pension.

  3. Funny that his “hand-picked candidate” has served in leadership roles for Westinghouse for years. Quid pro quo?

  4. Although I generally disagree with an elected official stepping down before his or her term expires, I respect that he waited until after the State Budget was done before making the move. I’m sure he could have taken this job earlier if he had wanted to. Give the guy a break.

  5. Why can’t these tea party bums finish out their terms? The people who voted him in deserve to be represented until the end of the term.

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