Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
ALTMIRE, Jason (1968-)

ALTMIRE, JASON, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pa., March 7, 1968; B.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., 1990; M.H.S.A., George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1998; staff, United States Representative Pete Peterson of Florida, 1991-1996; professional advocate; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2007-January 3, 2013); unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.

University of Pittsburgh
Archives Service Center
Papers: ca. 2006-2012, 209 folders.
The Jason Altmire Congressional Papers document the Western Pennsylvania politician's career in the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Altmire, a Democrat, was elected in 2006 to represent the Pennsylvania 4th congressional district (PA-04), which at the time included parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and Westmoreland counties. During his tenure, Rep. Altmire successfully introduced 29 pieces of legislation which became law, spoke over 200 times on the House floor, served on several brief occassions as the Speaker Pro Tempore, cast 4,732 consecutive votes, and returned nearly $1 million in unspent funds by the end of his third term. Serving on the House Committees for Education and Labor, Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure, he was an advocate for military veterans and their families, health care reform, investment in small business and energy, and government reform. Rep. Altmire gained notoriety for his opposition as a Democrat to the 2010 health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Altmire, Jason. Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It. Boiling Springs, PA: Sunbury Press, 2017.