Michael F. "Mike" Doyle (born August 5, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based in Pittsburgh and includes most of Allegheny County.
A native of Swissvale and graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Doyle previously served as a member of the Swissvale Borough Council (1977–1981) and an aide to state Senator Frank Pecora (1979–1994). He was first elected to Congress in the 1994 Republican Revolution despite being a Democrat.
Early life, education and career
Doyle was born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, to Irish and Italian parents.
He graduated from Swissvale Area High School in 1971, and then enrolled at Pennsylvania State University. He worked in steel mills during his summers in college, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development in 1975.
After college, he worked as executive director of Turtle Creek Valley Citizens Union (1977–1979) and was elected to the Swissvale Borough Council in 1977. In 1979, he began work as chief of staff to Pennsylvania State Senator Frank Pecora. Like Pecora, Doyle was once a Republican who later switched parties to become a Democrat. In addition to his work for Pecora, he joined Eastgate Insurance Company as an insurance agent in 1982.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
- Congressional Arts Caucus
Doyle voted against authorizing military force in Iraq and against the $87 billion emergency spending bill to fund US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doyle is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education, also known as the Congressional Autism Caucus, and he offered an amendment that was included in the health reform law that will ensure that insurance companies will cover treatments for people with autism. He has also introduced legislation that will provide better services for adults with autism.
He has been praised for his stance on copyright issues, and is supportive of net neutrality. He is the lead sponsor of HR 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 which will expand low-power broadcasting to hundreds of new community radio stations. In 2010, he was given the Digital Patriot Award, along with Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the technology that runs the Internet.
He used his position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and lead the negotiations to find common ground on legislation addressing climate change and promoting energy independence while protecting clean domestic manufacturing.
Also, Doyle is an outspoken critic of the genocide in Sudan and Darfur.
In a rally on April 28, 2007, he urged President Bush to uphold his promise of sending 20,000 peacekeepers to Darfur. He drew loud cheers when he said, "If we can have a surge in Iraq, there needs to be one in Sudan." He supports LGBT issues.
During the debate over the debt ceiling in 2011, Doyle said about Tea Party Republicans, "We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money".
In 1994, Doyle was elected to Congress as a Democrat from the state's 18th District, which at the time was located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. The incumbent Republican, Rick Santorum, was elected to the United States Senate. Doyle won by almost 10 points, and one of the few bright spots in a bad year for Democrats.
He was reelected three times with no substantive opposition.
In 2002 Doyle’s district was combined with the Pittsburgh-based district of fellow Democrat William J. Coyne. The state legislature allegedly reconfigured the district map in order to elect more Republicans from the state. In the process, they drew most of western Pennsylvania's heavily Democratic areas into just two districts—the reconfigured 14th District and the 12th District of John Murtha. The potentially explosive situation of having two Democratic incumbents face each other in the primary was defused when Coyne announced his retirement (even though the district contained more of Coyne's former territory than Doyle's) leaving Doyle as the sole incumbent.
The new district is by far the most Democratic district in western Pennsylvania, and Doyle was completely unopposed in 2002 and 2004; in 2006 and 2008, his only opposition was Green Party candidate Titus North.
Doyle is being challenged by Republican Melissa Haluszczak and Green Party Ed Bortz.
January 30th, 2012