Rep. Mike Doyle (D)
Elected: 1994, 8th term.
Born: Aug. 5, 1953, Pittsburgh .
Home: Forest Hills.
Education: PA St. U., B.S. 1975.
Family: Married (Susan); 4 children.
Elected office: Swissvale Borough Cncl., 1977-81.
Professional Career: Insurance agent, 1975–77; Exec. dir., Turtle Creek Valley Citizens Union, 1977–79; Chief of Staff, PA Sen. Frank Pecora, 1978–94; Co–Founder/owner, Eastgate Insurance Agency, 1983–present.
The congressman from the 14th District is Mike Doyle, a Democrat first elected in 1994. Of Irish and Italian descent, Doyle grew up in the Mon Valley town of Swissvale and worked in steel mills during summers off from Penn State. He became an insurance agent and was elected to the Swissvale Borough Council in 1977, at age 24. In 1978, he became chief of staff to state Sen. Frank Pecora, a Republican. Pecora switched parties in 1992 and briefly gave Democrats control of the state Senate. In 1994, Doyle, who had just switched himself to the Democratic Party, ran for the House seat vacated by Republican Rep. Rick Santorum, who ran successfully for the Senate. Doyle was one of seven Democrats and four Republican candidates. With endorsements from labor unions and community leaders, he won the primary. In the general election, he faced John McCarty, an aide to the late Republican Sen. John Heinz. McCarty was pro-abortion rights and Doyle opposed abortion rights. Doyle also campaigned for sweeping health care changes. In a Republican year, he won 55%-45%.
|Mike Doyle (D)||242,326||(91%)||($838,611)|
|Titus North (Green)||23,214||(9%)|
|Mike Doyle (D)||Unopposed|
Prior Winning Percentages: 2006 (90%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (100%), 2000 (69%), 1998 (68%), 1996 (56%), 1994 (55%)
In the House, Doyle has a mixed voting record, often on the right on cultural issues and on the left on economics. Doyle rarely seeks attention, nor has he caused much of a ruckus. He has worked to reduce foreign imports, and he pushed a bill to create a national historic site at the former U.S. Steel facilities along the Mon River as part of the local Rivers of Steel program. On the Energy and Commerce Committee, his focus has been on high-tech initiatives, including increased availability of broadband services in underserved areas. He has been a leading advocate of the “Do Not Call” restrictions on telephone marketers, and won passage in 2008 a bill to make the national list permanent. During the debate over so-called cap and trade legislation, which would cap harmful carbon emissions but allow companies to trade on the right to pollute, he vigorously advocated the interests of steel and other Rust Belt industries, even as he sought to work out a compromise with environmentalists.
Doyle can often be found on the House floor in the “Pennsylvania Corner,” seated next to his close ally, the powerful appropriator, Democrat John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Like Murtha, he is an avid earmarker of spending projects for his district, a practice that has become increasingly controversial with budget conservatives, who say it’s a prime example of wasteful Washington spending. One of Doyle’s favorite beneficiaries is the Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology in South Oakland, which was started in 2003 by a $1.5 federal million grant he helped secure.