This is state Rep. Keith Gillespie’s sixth term in office, having first been elected in 2002 to serve the 47th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The 47th District consists of the townships of Conewago. East Manchester, Hellam, Manchester, and Springettsbury; and the boroughs of Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf, Wrightsville and York Haven.
Gillespie is a first-time chairman, having been appointed to lead the House Urban Affairs Committee during the 2013-14 legislative session. He will also serve on the Game and Fisheries and Professional Licensure committees. In addition, Gillespie belongs to the Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services, Masonic, Motorsports and Sportsmen caucuses.
Rep. Gillespie has been named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business. Guardians of Small Business were awarded to members of the General Assembly who voted favorably on key small-business issues at least 75 percent of the time during the 2011-12 session. He was also named one of Pennsylvania's true conservatives by the American Conservative Union (ACU) in announcing its inaugural "Ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly."
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Rep. Gillespie’s career has been dedicated to saving lives and serving the public’s health care needs and he plans to focus, in part, on health-related issues as a member of the General Assembly. As a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedic, he has provided first response medical care to thousands of people, giving many a second chance at life.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Gillespie worked as the director of safety, security and pre-hospital systems, producing life-saving results for thousands of York Countians who rely on Memorial Hospital and the emergency service care given.
In that position, Rep. Gillespie supervised the staff of the 24-hour advanced life support unit (Medic 102), leased EMT program and satellite facilities. He also oversaw the hospital's safety and security staff. His work included the development, management of capital, operation and wage budgets of these departments.
Rep. Gillespie began his service to the people of York County at Memorial Hospital in 1980 as a paramedic with Medic 102, the first full-service medic unit in York County. Rep. Gillespie honed his medical skills through his 32 years of service in health care.
Keith’s father worked as an instrument engineer for a division of the Shell Oil Company. His father’s career took the family around the world. They eventually settled on a farm in the Susquehanna Valley. Rep. Gillespie graduated from Solanco High School in 1970. He attended Keystone Junior College and Franklin and Marshall College, studying biology and business administration.
After college, Rep. Gillespie was drawn to the health care field through his desire to help people. In 1972, he became one of the first certified paramedics in Pennsylvania through a national pilot program. In 1978, Gillespie started Lancaster Medical Transport Inc. that later became part of White Rose Ambulance based in York County. Gillespie built the business to 15 full- and part-time employees and managed the company's payroll, marketing, bookkeeping and scheduling.
Rep. Gillespie’s desire to serve his community also is demonstrated by his commitment as a volunteer in the following organizations:
- Member, York County Fatality Review Board
- Past chair, Hospital Subcommittee of the eight-county South Central Pennsylvania Bioterrorism Task Force
- Past board member and past vice president of the Emergency Medical Services Council of York
- Past president of the York County Republican Club, as well as former club vice president and secretary
- Former York County Republican Committeeman in Hellam Township II
- Former Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America; Little League Baseball Coach; Jaycees
Representative Gillespie's first priority is his family. He and his wife, Annette, a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital
, and their daughter Lauren, reside at their home in Hellam Township
adjoining Annette’s family farm. Keith and Annette have two other children: Natalie is a second-grade teacher in Virginia, and David has finished medical school and is completing the second year of a dual Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Rep. Gillespie holds his private pilot’s license for single-engine aircraft and is a certified scuba diver. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys both hunting and fishing and is a member of the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited.
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