ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Former Representative Rick Geist, who served the Altoona Area in the General Assembly from 1973 to 2013, has died this morning, August 29.
Geist, who was on a tour of Russia with his wife, reportedly had a heart attack and was at a hospital.
Geist is a graduate of Altoona Area High School and has an associate degree from Penn State University.
He was elected to the House in 1978 and has won re-election to each succeeding session of the House.
He was a Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee and House Committee on Committees. He also sat on the House Rules and Commerce Committees. Geist is a past president of the High Speed Ground Transportation Association and was the first chairman of the Pennsylvania High-Speed Intercity Rail Passenger Commission.