The Morning Call (Sunday)

State rep. dies of brain aneurysm


Pennsylvan­ia Rep. Mike Reese died Saturday afternoon after suffering an apparent brain aneurysm, hi s family announced.

Reese — who wa s elected in 2008 to serve parts of Westmorela­nd and Somerset counties — was 42 years old. He is survived by his wife, Angela, and three children.

“Onbehalf of the entire House Republican Caucus, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolence­s to the family of Rep. Mike Reese,” House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghof­f said in a statement. “More than a friend to all of us, and one of our caucus leaders, Mike was a devoted husband and father. His wife, three young children and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Reese was elected to Republican caucus chairman for the 2020—21 session.

He announced earlier this month that he was in quarantine after testing positive for the coronaviru­s. It’s unclear if his death was related to the virus.

“I have known Mike since he took office in 2009 and have been proud to witness his many legislativ­e accomplish­ments, especially his tireless work on behalf of Pennsylvan­ia’s students and families. Mike was a model legislator who thoughtful­ly put his constituen­ts first,” Benninghof­f said.

“His spirit, presence and counsel will be sorely missed.”

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