Washington and Jefferson College (B.A., 1984)
University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1987)
Former U.S. Congresswoman Melissa Hart has returned to her legal roots at Pittsburgh-based law firm, Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC. Ms. Hart rejoins the firm as a Member. She chairs the Government Affairs and Relations Practice Group. Ms. Hart was Of Counsel to the firm for several years while serving in the PA State Senate. She left the firm to serve PA in the U.S. House of Representatives where she served three terms, from January 2001 until January 2007.
She has been actively engaged with the Pittsburgh business and legal and civic communities for two decades. Her volunteer service has included Higher Education boards at the University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College, and the Community College of Allegheny County. She also served on the boards of the Veterans Leadership Program, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and continues her service to the Pittsburgh Film Office.
Ms. Hart is the first Republican woman in history to represent Pennsylvania at the federal level. As a member of the U.S. House, she served on the high profile House Ways and Means Committee which oversight of taxes, trade, welfare programs, health issues and Social Security. She also served on the Financial Services, Judiciary, Science and Ethics committees and served as a Deputy Whip. She sponsored tax-free college savings plans and supported reduction in taxes on investment.
Prior to her service in Congress, Ms. Hart practiced law in the real estate and banking area. Concurrently, she served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1991-2001. There, she chaired the Finance committee which had oversight of the State Department of Revenue, State Treasurer, PA public pension systems and the PA Lottery. While a member of the Senate, she also served on the Banking, Judiciary, Health & Welfare and Rules Committees, spearheading changes to nonprofit law, school reform, reducing taxation for families and businesses, and creating a better state climate for growth.
Ms. Hart has provided direction to clients in times of significant change as a result of legislative and regulatory changes. She has also assisted clients with needed legislative amendments and worked with sitting members of legislative bodies to accomplish such changes.
Her experience in the areas of politics and policy as it relates to many fields, including business, banking, health care, immigration and taxation has provided insight, information and advocacy for clients of the firm. She has worked with non-profits to assist them in navigating an increasingly challenging funding and legal landscape.