Meet Republican Candidate, Jason Richey
Jason Richey is a true Pennsylvanian. His family can be traced to some of the early settlers in Washington County. His parents grew up there. Jason’s dad grew up working on a farm while his mom was the daughter of a housekeeper and a gas station attendant. After marrying, his parents moved to Beaver County where Jason grew up. Jason’s dad, Roy, became an airplane mechanic while his mom, Donna, taught at Aliquippa High School and became one of the all-time great girls’ basketball coaches in Pennsylvania history.
Attending Hopewell High School, Jason played football and wrestled while taking numerous odd-jobs to help his family, including grass cutting, busboy, roofer and McDonalds’s cook. Jason then attended Allegheny College in Crawford County. At Allegheny, Jason graduated magna cum laude with a 3.8 GPA earning him Phi Beta Kappa honors. Additionally, Jason became a 3x NCAA Academic All American wrestler and finished his collegiate wrestling career as only the third wrestler in Allegheny history with 100 wins.
After graduating Allegheny, Jason obtained a union job in Aliquippa performing hard labor in the steel mill to help put himself through law school. In 1993, Jason attended one of the top law schools in the country at Ohio State. Jason graduated in 1996 returning home to Pittsburgh to work at one of the largest law firms in the world, K&L Gates LLP, that has spawned legendary Pennsylvania Republicans such as Governor Dick Thornburg and Senator Rick Santorum.
At K&L Gates, Jason burst onto the legal scene, representing large and small manufacturing and energy companies and contractors throughout the world as well as representing a high profile professional wrestling organization. About half way through his career, Jason began representing companies to uncover government corruption and procurement irregularities at state and local governments throughout the country.
Jason has lived in Robinson, Pine and now Sewickley Heights in Allegheny County. Jason married his wife Melissa in 2000. Melissa is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Bethel Park. Jason and Melissa have three boys, Justin, Logan and Marcus that attend Quaker Valley. The boys have been life-long wrestlers and also play lacrosse and football. The family includes their lovable, Shih Tzu dog, Rocky!
Jason has devoted much of his free time to charitable work, including the creation of the Quaker Valley wrestling program in 2012. He has coached wrestling, baseball and football for 8 years. He is also involved with charitable groups, including as an advisory board for Humane Animal Rescue. Jason loves most of all God, his family and all types of sports, including Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams.
After 25 years of legal work at K&L, Jason is exploring a run for Pennsylvania Governor.