April 12, 2012
Three people will run in the April 24 primary for two places on the November ballot for the Pennsylvania Congressional District 14 seat.
Incumbent Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Forest Hills, will face off with Democrat Janis Brooks, a North Versailles resident, in the primary for the Democratic nomination. The winner will run against Republican Hans Lessmann of Forest Hills in November.
Congressional District 14 covers Brookline and the City of Pittsburgh, Dormont, Baldwin, Edgewood, Forest Hills, Swissvale and Verona. For a full map of the areas in the 14th District,click here.
Below are details from an interview with incumbent Mike Doyle. An article about candidate Janis Brooks appeared on Dormont-Brookline Patch yesterday, and an article about candidate Hans Lessmann will appear as soon as possible.
Doyle, a Democrat who resides in Forest Hills, has a Bachelor of Science degree in community development from Penn State University. He was a small-business owner, and was the chief of staff for state Sen. Frank Pecora.
Doyle is currently serving his ninth term in Congress as the District 14 representative. His tenure began in 1995. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the subcommittees on Energy and Power and Communications and Technology.
He is a member in the House Democratic Caucus, and is the founder and co-chair of both the Congressional Autism Caucus (also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education) and the House Distributed Generation Caucus. For a full list of Doyle’s involvement in Congress, see his website.
Doyle has a wife and four children.
Creating jobs and economic improvement have always been Doyle’s main focuses, he said.
“My focus since I’ve been elected has been on economic development in Pittsburgh, and creating a good climate for jobs to grow here,