By James Hanseen and Anne Teigen

Longtime Pennsylvania State Representative Nicholas Micozzie is retiring after 36 years in office and 44 years of public service.

Pennsylvania State Representative Nicholas MicozzieThe former General Electric employee and Air Force veteran entered politics in 1971 after being upset by county government’s decision to sell a local park. That year, he was elected to the Upper Darby council where he served for 19 years. In 1978, Micozzie was elected to the state House of Representatives and simultaneously served in both positions for over a decade.

As a state representative, Micozzie was formerly the chairman of the House Insurance Committee where he was influential in state insurance reform. He became the House Transportation Committee chairman last October. As transportation chairman, the 85-year-old Micozzie “played an integral role in passing a transportation funding bill late last year, an accomplishment he listed as among the most challenging of his career,” according to the Delaware County Daily Times.

Micozzie was known for being responsive to his constituents’ needs and advocating for their best interests. He obtained state funding to renovate the Lansdowne Theater and 20th Century Club Building and also acquired $2.7 million to save Upper Darby High School’s art, library, music and physical education programs.

Former colleague Mario Civera called him “a policymaker as well as a community motivator.” Civera said Micozzie’s strong constituent support enabled him to successfully make the difficult transition from the Democratic to Republican Party in 1978. Micozzie never lost that support and acted as the father figure on both sides of the aisle in the House, as both Republicans and Democrats regularly sought his wisdom on difficult issues.

Anne Teigen is a program principal in NCSL's Transportation and Criminal Justice programs. James Hanseen, a law student at the University of Denver, is an intern in the Transportation program.

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