Richard R. "Dick" Stevenson
(born February 11, 1945) is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. There are 203 members, elected for two year terms from single member districts....
, elected in 2000 to represent the 8th District
The 8th District is an electoral district for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and is currently represented by Republican Dick Stevenson...
In the current legislative session, Stevenson serves on the House Appropriations, Judiciary and Professional Licensure Committees.
Stevenson served for eight years on the borough council of Grove City, Pennsylvania
Grove City is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, approximately north of Pittsburgh. It is the home of Grove City College, a private conservative Christian liberal arts college; General Electric; Instron; USIS; George G. Howe Co.; and a number of small businesses. It is also the home to...
from 1985–1993, including five years as the council president. In 1996, Stevenson joined the Mercer County Board of Commissioners and was elected Chairman.
Stevenson was first elected to the House in 2000 to replace Howard Fargo. That year, he defeated the Armstrong County
Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,941. It is located northeast of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Armstrong County was added to the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2003.The county seat is Kittanning...
district attorney, George Kepple, in the Republican primary election with 55% of the vote. In the general election, Stevenson defeated James Coulter, taking over 63%.
Stevenson has won re-election to each succeeding session of the House. Since 2004, he has run unopposed in the primary and general elections.
On March 14, 2011, Rep. Stevenson was featured in a report by Pittsburgh's WTAE Channel 4 news. The station found that the state legislature had spent large amounts of money on new chairs—up to $1000 each. Stevenson was specifically mentioned and shown in the video segment. "...following the November election, Rep. Richard Stevenson, the Republican Caucus Administrator, bought 12 executive vinyl chairs for newly-elected members at $600 per chair.
(Channel 4 reporter Jim) Parsons reported that Team 4 did some online shopping and found the same chairs for half the price." The news segment concluded by saying that a representative for Stevenson told Channel 4 "that a newly-elected member receiving a new chair has been a long-standing practice."
Stevenson served in the United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...
from 1968 to 1972. He served as Korean Language Specialist with the USAF Security Service
The United States Air Force Security Service was essentially the United States Air Force's cryptographic intelligence branch; its motto was Freedom through Vigilance. It was created in October 1948 and operated until 1979, when the branch was re-designated the Electronic Security Command...
. Stevenson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis College in New York and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University
Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian, university located in Boston, Massachusetts and with over 16,000 students it is the third largest university in Boston...
in Massachusetts. He and his wife have two children, Sarah Hatfield and Emily Vallozzi, and three grandchildren.