A strong conservative committed to fiscal discipline and putting the taxpayers first, Eric Nelson is serving his first full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Eric serves on the following House committees: Aging and Older Services, Consumer Affairs, Human Services, Urban Affairs and is a Deputy Chair on the Policy Committee. He is a member of the Prayer, 2nd Amendment, Pro-Life, Gas and Oil, Military Veterans, Government Reform, HOPE (Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education) and Taxpayer caucuses.
A native of Hempfield, Eric graduated from Hempfield Area High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in safety sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
After graduating from college, Eric enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for eight years with deployments in Albania, Estonia, Okinawa, Spain and Thailand. He re-enlisted for an additional year of service after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Following his distinguished military career, Eric returned to serve his community as an entrepreneur and businessman creating jobs and meeting budgets for years. Currently on service leave as a faculty member with IUP, Eric is a partner with Steel City Safety Consulting and a contributing developer and board member with the iOS company Blue Otter. Last year, he sold his family’s Bruster’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream franchise after 16 years of operation.
Eric remains a small business owner at heart and is committed to opposing broad-based tax increases, protecting the unborn, standing up for our veterans, combatting the local drug epidemic, delivering real pension reform, and returning the Pennsylvania General Assembly to its roots as a part-time legislature.
He resides on a small farm in Hempfield with his wife, Susan, and their six children – Brooke, Randy, Liberty, Will, Kennedy and Gretchen.
The 57th Legislative District includes the following Westmoreland County communities: the city of Greensburg; Hempfield (part) and Salem townships; and the Delmont, Hunker, New Stanton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg and Youngwood boroughs.