The new 17th Congressional District, with a population of about 706,000, consists of all of Beaver County, parts of Cranberry Township in Butler County and these Allegheny County municipalities):
Aleppo, Aspinwall, Avalon, Baldwin, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Bradford Woods, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Cheswick, Collier, Coraopolis, Crafton, Crescent, Dormont, East Deer, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Etna, Fawn, Findlay, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Frazer, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Green Tree.
Hampton, Harmar, Harrison, Haysville, Indiana Township, Ingram, Kennedy, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale, Marshall, McCandless, McDonald, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Moon Township, Mt. Lebanon, Neville, North Fayette, O'Hara, Oakdale, Oakmont, Ohio Township.
Penn Hills (part), Pennsbury Village, Pine, Reserve, Richland, Robinson, Ross, Rosslyn Farms, Scott, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette (part), Springdale, Springdale Township, Stowe, Tarentum, Thornburg, Verona, West Deer and West View.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State
When Joe Gluvna recently tried calling his congressman’s office for help with his veterans pension and disability compensation benefits, he quickly found out his representative no longer was there.
Gluvna, 70, lives in Penn Hills, which until recently was part of the 18 th Congressional District represented by Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills. Now, most of the municipality is part of a newly-formed 17 th Congressional District, which has a new representative – Conor Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon. Doyle ended the lease at the office along Duff Road at the end of December, and Lamb’s office with full-time hours is in Mt. Lebanon.
“We’ll be doing a mailing shortly to let people know they’re in our district, but we can’t contact people and tell them we’re not in their district,” said Matt Dinkel, a spokesman for Doyle.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew new lines for the state’s Congressional map in February after it deemed the existing map an unconstitutional gerrymander. The new lines means the old district 12 became district 17, keeping all of Beaver County and rural areas to the north and west of Pittsburgh, and the majority of Penn Hills.
District 14 became district 18 in the redrawing, which meant losing most of Penn Hills and McKees Rocks.
Gluvna always appreciated the close proximity of his congressman’s office, which is about a mile from his own.
“Now … I gotta run to the South Hills,” Gluvna said.
Gluvna acknowledges he could call but prefers to seek help face-to-face.
“And I don’t fool with email,” he said.
For years, Gluvna relied on his relationship with a military representative in Doyle’s staff to navigate his veterans benefits.
Now, Gluvna feels alone.
“I feel like I’m in no-man’s land,” he said. “And if you’re going to cover this area, at least pick a central point that’s equal for everyone to get to.”
Reenie Kuhlman, a spokeswoman for Lamb, said the congressman plans to open an additional office with full-time hours in Beaver County.
“So we’ll have one full-time office in Allegheny County and one in Beaver County and will be hosting mobile office hours at locations across (the district),” she said in an email.
In the meantime, Kuhlman said the congressman will hold office hours at the Penn Hills Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 so residents can meet Lamb.
To view a map of the 17th Congressional district, visit bit.ly/2RFXwtn.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.