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Early life and education

Reschenthaler was born in Pittsburgh on April 17, 1983.[2] He was raised in Pittsburgh's South Hills and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2001. He graduated from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in 2004 with a BA in political science. Upon graduation, Reschenthaler attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, earning a JD in 2007. While at Duquesne, Reschenthaler founded the Military Law Society chapter and interned at the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh.[3]

Military career

After law school, Reschenthaler served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) in Iraq.[4] In the U.S. Navy, Reschenthaler deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009. In 2010, he was one of three attorneys who defended a Navy SEAL accused of covering up an assault on terrorist Ahmad Hashim Abd al-Isawi while in custody. The Navy SEAL represented by Reschenthaler and the other SEALs charged were eventually acquitted of all charges.[5] Reschenthaler was awarded the Michael Taylor Shelby Award for Professional, Ethics and Dedication in the practice of law.[6] He left military service in 2012.

Legal career

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After his Navy service, Reschenthaler returned to Pittsburgh to practice law in spring 2012 before being elected magisterial district judge in Pittsburgh's South Hills in 2013. In Pennsylvania, magisterial judges typically handle traffic tickets. [4][7] He was elected district judge in May 2013. As a magistrate, Reschenthaler claimed that he would seek to reduce truancy.[8]

In 2013, Reschenthaler briefly co-hosted a radio program with Carl Higbie, who resigned from the Trump administration in 2018 after what were considered "anti-gay, anti-Muslim, racist and sexist remarks he had made on his radio program."[9] He also wrote the foreword to Higbie's self-published 2012 book, which CNN alleged to contain racist, homophobic, and xenophobic content.[10][9] He said in April 2018 that he denounced the book, and he disavowed the foreword he had written and said he would not have written the foreword, though Higbie's book was a frequent topic of discussion on the radio show that Reschenthaler co-hosted, with Reschenthaler saying that he read parts of the book and citing those parts approvingly.[9]

Reschenthaler was of counsel at Pittsburgh law firm Brennan, Robins & Daley and serves as a member of Penn State Behrend's Political Science Advisory Board.[4][11]

Pennsylvania Senate

After the resignation of Democratic state senator Matt Smith, Reschenthaler won the Republican nomination for a special election in the 37th state Senate district in July 2015. He defeated the Democratic nominee, Heather Arnet, in the general election to serve the remainder of Smith's term, ending in 2016.[12][13] He was sworn-in upon the official certification of the election results on November 24, 2015.[14][15][16]

Congressman Guy Reschenthaler was sworn into office for a second term on January 3, 2021 to represent Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District including Washington, Fayette, Greene, and portions of Westmoreland Counties.

The son of former teachers, Guy was raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State, The Behrend College, and completed law school at Duquesne University.

After law school, Guy fulfilled a lifelong dream and joined the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and volunteered for duty in Iraq.

In Baghdad, Guy prosecuted nearly 100 terrorists, including some of Iraq’s most dangerous terrorists. He also successfully defended a Navy SEAL falsely accused by the Obama Administration of mishandling the Butcher of Fallujah.

Stateside, he served as a Navy lawyer in Norfolk, Virginia and then as Officer in Charge (OIC) of Naval Legal Service Office for Texas and Oklahoma, where he was the first uniformed military officer to ever receive the Southern District of Texas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's prestigious award for outstanding ethics and professionalism. 

Back home in southwestern Pennsylvania, Guy practiced law and developed experience running a small business as a partner in real estate brokerage and other real estate-related businesses, employing roughly a dozen employees.

In 2013, he was elected Magisterial District Judge, winning the nomination of both parties, and in 2015, he was elected to serve in Pennsylvania's State Senate representing portions of Allegheny and Washington County. 

Guy currently serves on both the House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee on Rules. In addition to serving as the Elected Leadership Committee Representative for the Class of 116, Guy was selected by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the China Task Force.

Guy's priorities include limiting government and lowering taxes, reforming our criminal justice system, supporting our nation's veterans, combatting Communist China, and helping senior citizens. He is fighting for his constituents in southwestern Pennsylvania every day to create jobs and preserve every person's freedom and opportunity to achieve the American Dream.