House Transportation Committee Chairman Dick Hess Dies

September 6, 2013

Hess us flag portPHIA is sad to report the passing of state Rep. Dick Hess, longtime transportation construction industry advocate who, in his 14th term, had arisen to majority chair of the House Transportation Committee. Hess represented the 78th district which includes much of Bedford and Fulton counties.  Recent reports said Dick, 74, a Republican, had incurred complications following recent surgery. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his son Jeff.  PHIA expresses its deepest condolences to his family and salute his many accomplishments during an exemplary public service career.  He will be sorely missed.

“I have personally known Rep. Hess for over 15 years,” said PHIA managing director Jason Wagner.  “He was a faithful public servant and was not only a strong advocate for the transportation industry, he was a devoted husband and father.  I was honored to have known him and call him my friend.  He will be sorely missed and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania truly lost a special person today.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.”

PHIA will pass along more details regarding arrangements as they become available.


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