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State Rep. Dick Hess from Fulton County, Pa., in critical condition

September 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Fulton County’s lawmaker in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was in critical condition Wednesday in a Pittsburgh hospital, according to the Associated Press.

State Rep. Dick Hess, 74, suffered complications following a leg operation two weeks ago.

The medical condition of Hess, R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon, took a turn for the worse over the weekend, House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin said.

Miskin said family members provided the update to the legislative staff in Hess’ district office.

“The legislature is like an extended family. Dick is a good man and a dedicated legislator,” state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, said, noting that he is praying for his colleague.

As majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, the 14-term Hess has been a key player in negotiations over a proposal to raise billions of dollars for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Hess, of Bedford, Pa., recently attended a hearing about the draining of Meadow Grounds Lake in Fulton County.

“It was very helpful to have him there for that,” said Dan Swain, chief clerk for the county.

Swain, a former county commissioner, described Hess as an amiable person.

“He’s a good listener with a ready smile. He is an individual who has a caring way about him,” said Rodney McCray, chairman of the county commissioners.

McCray said Hess is well-liked by many people in Fulton County.

“He does have an excellent reputation in the county,” he said.

The Altoona Mirror reported that Hess was mentioned in a prayer on Tuesday before a meeting of the Bedford County Board of Commissioners.

The transportation infrastructure bill foundered during budget talks in June.

Hess is also the senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on the House Rules Committee and Republican Policy Committee. He serves on the PENNVEST board of directors.

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