Rod Salka, a businessman and professional boxer, is running as a Republican in the 38th House District.
Salka was raised in Forward Township and joined the National Guard in 2001. He went on to have a notable boxing career, finishing 21-4, which included a bout with welterweight champion Danny Garcia in 2014 (Salka was KO’d in the 2nd round).
“The 38th District has been under-represented in Harrisburg for decades now,” Salka said. “We need to break with the past and demand that our voices, our values, and our vision of the future be heard in the general assembly.”
“The military taught me a great deal about urgency. You can’t just get around to things. They have to be done quickly and done well,” Salka added. “That’s the kind of urgency I want to bring to Harrisburg, where the current crew can’t get a budget passed. It’s not enough to just show up. You have to do your job.”
State Rep. William C. Kortz has represented the seat since 2006.
The 38th district is located in Allegheny County.