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Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Fleck told constituents he'll continue fighting for conservative causes even though he's gay.

"I’m still the exact same person and I’m still a Republican and, most importantly, I’m still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public. The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how," said the Republican who divorced his wife before telling the world the truth about his sexuality. But she remains his best-friend, he said.

Michael E. Fleck, commonly known as Mike Fleck, is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 81st legislative district. He was first elected in 2006 to succeed the retiring Larry Sather, taking office on January 2, 2007.

Fleck attended Southern Huntingdon County High School and earned a degree in history and a minor in youth ministry in 1995 from Liberty University. He has attended graduate courses at Shippensburg University. From 1999 to 2004 he worked as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Huntingdon County. Prior to elective office, Fleck worked for Raystown Developmental Services.

Fleck ran unopposed for a fourth term in the House of Representatives in 2012.

Fleck came out as a gay man on December 1, 2012, making him the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Brian Sims, a Philadelphia Democrat elected in 2012, is the first openly gay man elected to the legislature but will not take office until January 2013; Fleck and Sims will be the only two openly gay members in the 2013–14 biennium. Fleck will also be one of just two openly gay Republican state legislators in the United States, alongside Ohio state representative Tim Brown.


Further Readings:

House and Home: The political and personal journey of a gay Republican congressman and the man with whom he created a family by Steve Gunderson, Rob Morris and Bruce Bawer
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (September 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525941975
ISBN-13: 978-0525941972
Amazon: House and Home: The political and personal journey of a gay Republican congressman and the man with whom he created a family

The only openly gay Republican congressman details his relationships in the House of Representatives, his battles with the religious right for control of his political party, and his love affair and life with his partner Rob Morris.


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