Jesse White is seeking his fifth term in the PA House of Representatives in the 46th District, which includes portions of Washington and Allegheny Counties. White has emerged as a leader in the Legislature on issues related to Marcellus Shale, infrastructure and property tax reform. His fiery and aggressive style has made him an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Jesse was born and raised in Washington County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington and Jefferson College in 2000 and a law degree from Duquesne University in 2003. At age 23, White became the youngest Township Supervisor in the history of Cecil Township and was later elected chairman of the Cecil Township Board of Auditors.
Jesse was elected State Representative for the 46th Legislative District in 2006. He currently serves on the Judiciary, Labor and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Game and Fisheries Committees, and Chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law. He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Southwest Democratic Delegation in the House of Representatives since 2011.
Jesse’s fiery and aggressive style has made him an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has worked tirelessly with communities to adapt to the emerging Marcellus Shale industry centered in his legislative district.
Jesse formed the first ever Marcellus Municipal Cooperative, a coalition of municipalities dedicated to working together to develop best practices and improved communication between government and industry. He was also instrumental in the legal challenge to Act 13 which overturned Tom Corbett’s controversial “drill-anywhere” law that would have permitted industrial oil and gas operation a mere 300 feet from a home, school, hospital, daycare center or church.
Jesse has also been a champion of animal rights in the Legislature, introducing legislation to provide a tax credit for people who adopt from qualified shelters and rescue groups. He also wrote “Rocco’s Law”, which increases the penalty for injuring or killing a police animal in the line of duty. Jesse was recognized for his efforts when he was named “PA Humane Legislator of the Year” by the PA Humane Society in 2013.
White is focused on promoting southwestern Pennsylvania as a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family, so that local children have the opportunity to stay in the area when they are ready to join the workforce. He also supports funding equity for public schools and as a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, has emerged as a leader in protecting the rights of gun owners in Pennsylvania.
Jesse and his wife Eileen live in Cecil Township; the couple is expecting their first child in June 2014. Jesse and Eileen have two dogs (Abigail and Delano) and two cats (Molly and Woodrow). Jesse is not a huge fan of the cats, particularly Woodrow.
Jesse maintains a law practice in Cecil Township.
Jesse is a member of the McDonald Sportsmen Association; Chartiers Lodge No. 297 of F&A.M; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 22; the Alpine Lodge No. 9; Muse Independent Italian Club and MENSA. He also serves on various Boards of Directors for community organizations, including the advisory Board of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Natural Life, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County Advisory Board and Leadership Washington County.
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