WHEELING — U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., will speak in Wheeling at the Northern Panhandle Regional Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner next month.If you need some interesting posters for the occasion, email me :)
U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin also are to be honored at the event Saturday, Oct. 21, at the McLure City Center Hotel.
Murtha, 74 — a vocal critic of Bush administration policies in Iraq — was born in New Martinsville but grew up in Westmoreland County, Pa. He represents a sprawling district that includes downtown Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Washington and Greene counties in Pennsylvania.
The former Marine was a drill instructor at Paris Island, operated a car wash in Johnstown and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.
While in the military, Murtha received the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Reserves as a colonel in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Murtha was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974.
He presently serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Defense, and he has expressed his interest in becoming House Majority Leader if Democrats are successful in taking over the House.
Murtha has been vocal in advocating the redeployment of U.S. forces in Iraq, suggesting that troops instead be brought to bases outside the country — but close enough where they could be sent in if the democratic Iraqi government were to become threatened.
? The Northern Panhandle Regional Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the McClure City Center Hotel in downtown Wheeling. Social time is set for 6-7 p.m., with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Tickets can be obtained from Rosemary Anderson, (304) 547-1414; Lauren Transgard-Scott, (304) 277-2727; or Ruth Prosser, (304) 243-1815. Seating is limited, and no tickets will be available at the door.