Rossi wins Pa. 59th House District special election in W.Pa.

    Leslie Baum Rossi is slated to win the special election race for the 59th House District, making her the first woman to serve in the position.

    Baum, a Republican known best for creating the “Trump House” in western Pennsylvania, will represent Westmoreland County and parts of Somerset County. 

    Unofficial tallies show that she received 63 percent of the vote in Westmoreland County, though returns from Somerset County have not been updated on the state dashboard. 

    She will replace the late Republican Rep. Mike Reese, who died in January of a brain aneurysm, for the remainder of his term, which ends next year.

    Marley Parish
    A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.