Local State Representative Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana) was appointed to chair the Liquor Control committee in Harrisburg when Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) yesterday announced the appointments of majority committee chairmen for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
House committees study each bill and determine which proposals will go to the full House. They conduct public hearings on key issues, allowing citizens and interested groups to have a say in the legislative process, and they serve as a resource for members and others.
“The men and women who chair the House committees are getting the work done to prepare legislation for the full House to consider,” Turzai said. “Through public hearings and voting meetings, committee chairs lead the way by vetting proposed solutions to the serious issues and challenges facing Pennsylvania.”
Pyle was diagnosed with stage-four cancer a year ago. At the Kittanning Revitalization Dedication last month, Pyle said he is pleased with the result of his treatment over the past year.
“I was just told by Bristol-Meyers-Squibb that I may be one of their top ten results in the country. My tumor is just about gone. I go in for regular maintenance doses every other Friday. I’m in good shape.”
During the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, Pyle made his diagnosis public.
“On a personal note, I would like to thank everybody in the crowd. I had a rough winter. I was diagnosed with stage four cancer. I am happy to tell you now that (my tumor) that once was 20 centimeters by 10 centimeters thick, is now down to one centimeter by one centimeter.”
This isn’t Pyle’s first experience with the disease. Immediately after taking office in 2005, Pyle was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had one of his kidneys removed. He is quoted in his biography on his website talking about his first experience.
“Any cancer diagnosis strikes a serious blow to one’s foundation, but through research, education and treatment, many can survive this horrible disease. Early detection is the most important step to survival.”
Pyle was elected to his seat in the 60th Legislative District that serves parts of Armstrong, Indiana, and Butler counties in 2005. He is a 1982 graduate of Ford City High School and resides in Ford City with his family.