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Municipalities:

Part of ALLEGHENY County consisting of the CITY of Pittsburgh (PART, Wards 07 [PART, Divisions 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13 and 14], 08 and 10 [PART, Divisions 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19]) and the TOWNSHIPS of Reserve (PART, Ward 03), Ross (PART, Wards 01, 02 [PART, Divisions 02 and 03], 03 [PART, Division 03], 05, 07 [PART, Divisions 01 and 02] and 08) and Shaler (PART, Ward 01 [PART, Divisions 01, 02, 03 and 05]) and O’Hara (PART, Ward 04 [the portion of District 02 that is noncontiguous and is located within the boundaries of the Boroughs of Sharpsburg and Aspinwall]) and the BOROUGHS of Etna, Millvale and Sharpsburg.

School Districts:

Fox Chapel Area School District
North Hills School District
Pittsburgh School District
Shaler Area School District


  • Aging and Older Adult Services, Democratic Chairman
  • Democratic Policy


Born April 22, 1951, Representative Pistella is the son of Rita B. Kineavy Pistella and the late Frank J. Pistella. He is the father of Lauren Nicole Pistella.

Rep. Pistella is a lifelong resident of the 8th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of Central District Catholic High School, John Carroll University and the Widener University School of Law. Rep. Pistella earned certification from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University by having successfully completed a program for senior executives in state and local government

Rep. Pistella is a former employee of Allegheny County. He has served as an Allegheny County Democratic Committeeman since 1974. A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since January 2, 1979, he was elected in 1978, and each election thereafter through 2002.

For the 2003-2004 Legislative Session, he is the Democratic Chairman for the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. He is also a member of the Democratic Caucus Policy Committee. Rep. Pistella is Treasurer and member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. He chaired the House Select Committee on Long Term Care and currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. In the 1999-2000 Legislative Session he served on the House Select Committee on Pharmaceutical Pricing.

As a Democratic Committee Chairman in previous sessions, he presided over the Labor Relations, Local Government, Intergovernmental Affairs and the Aging & Youth committees. As committee member, in previous legislative sessions, he served on the Appropriations (Chairman, Subcommittee on Health and Welfare), Business and Commerce, Finance, and Health and Welfare (Chairman, Subcommittee on Health).

Rep. Pistella is an alumnus of Leadership Pittsburgh. His past community service includes memberships on the Advisory Board of the JOBNET of Pittsburgh and the Advisory Network for the Lawrenceville Development Corporation. Past memberships include the Leadership Council of Persad, the Board of Fellows of the Institute of Politics, at theUniversity of Pittsburgh. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Memorial Hall & Military Museum, and a member of the Executive Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Pitt Museum Associates.

In 1983 the Pittsburgh Press honored Rep. Pistella as one of its “Influential Leaders of Pittsburgh.” In 1988, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen’s Award” from the Bloomfield Citizens Council, and in 1989 he was named, “Legislator of the Year” by the Association of Retarded Citizens of Allegheny County. In April of 1998 he was awarded President’s Award by The Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations and on September 9, 2000, Mr. Pistella was awarded the “Better Life” Award during the Pennsylvania Health Care Association’s (PHCA) Annual Convention recognizing his outstanding leadership and achievement in promoting a better understanding of long-term care in the Commonwealth.

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