United States House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the United States Congress (a bicameral legislature) alongside the Senate.

The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the United States Constitution. The major power of the House is to pass federal legislation that affects the entire country, although its bills must also be passed by the Senate and further agreed to by the U.S. President before becoming law (unless both the House and Senate re-pass the legislation with a two-thirds majority in each chamber). The House has some exclusive powers: the power to initiate revenue bills, to impeach officials (impeached officials are subsequently tried in the Senate), and to elect the U.S. President in case there is no majority in the Electoral College.

Each U.S. state is represented in the House in proportion to its population as measured in the census, but every state is entitled to at least one representative. The most populous state, California, currently has 53 representatives. On the other end of the spectrum, there are seven states with only one representative each (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming). The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435. In addition there are six non-voting Representatives who have a voice on the floor and a vote in committees, but no vote on the floor.

The Speaker of the House, who presides over the chamber, is elected by the members of the House, and is therefore traditionally the leader of the House Democratic Caucus or the House Republican Conference, whichever party has more voting members. The House meets in the south wing of the United States Capitol.

All of Fayette County is represented in the 9th District of Pennsylvania!

Welcome to the 9th District!

Welcome to Pennsylvania’s 9th congressional district.  The 9th stretches across a wide swath of some of the most beautiful countryside Pennsylvania has to offer.  In total, the district includes all or parts of 12 counties from Fayette County, near Pittsburgh, to the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg and from the Maryland border north to Clearfield County.

The 9th district is easily accessible from major population centers including the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, and New York metro areas.  Interstate 99, a major north-south route has made significant improvements to the region’s economic growth, linking a productive and growing workforce to companies throughout the country.

The 9th district is steeped in American history.  The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 had its epicenter in Berlin, Somerset County. The rebellion marked the first confrontation between the newly formed federal government and its citizens. Albert Gallatin of Fayette County played an important role in the rebellion speaking out against President George Washington and the government.

Fayette County is home to Fort Necessity, were the opening action of the French and Indian War occured.  Here, in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington fought French and American Indian forces in an effort to win British control over western Pennsylvania.  The route taken by George Washington and British General Edward Braddock in their attempt to wrest Ft. Duquesne (now known as Pittsburgh) from French control is now known as Route 40, the “National Road.”

Visitors to the 9th district can also visit Indiana, PA which is the hometown to Hollywood great Jimmy Stewart.  Indiana County is also known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.”   Additionally, visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, near Uniontown, the native home of General George Marshall. To the east, in Bedford County, visitors can relax and follow the footsteps of Presidents and Supreme Court Justices at the historic Bedford Springs Resort, which once served as a summer White House to President James Buchanan.

To the east, visitors can enjoy the Civil War history of Franklin County whose city Chambersburg was the only northern city to be burned during the war.  Altoona in Blair County, hosts another of the 9th district’s historical sites, the Horseshoe Curve, a famous curved section of track owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.  The Horseshoe Curve is a National Historic Landmark. This section of rail was an important resource for the country during WWII, as it served as an industrial link to the western part of the United States.  Horseshoe Curve was a primary target of eight Nazi saboteurs who infiltrated the United States in the early years of the war.  Altoona is also the home of the Railroaders Memorial Museum which celebrates the region’s rich railroading history.

Pennsylvania 9th District Offices

100 Lincoln Way East, Suite B
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717.264.0269 (fax)

310 Penn Street, Suite 200
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814.696.6726 (fax)

827 Water Street #3
Indiana, PA 15701
724.463.0518 (fax)

2268 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
202.225.2486 (fax)