UPDATE: House Rep. Dick Hess died on Friday from complications relating to his leg surgery. House Speaker Sam Smith released a statement saying Hess died at UPMC Shadyside in PIttsburgh surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements were still being finalized. A spokesman for Smith said he did not yet know who would be named to the transportation committee chairmanship role.
The House GOP point man on transportation policy is in a Pittsburgh hospital in critical but stable condition following complications after leg surgery.
Rep. Dick Hess (R., Bedford), 74, had undergone an operation on his legs last month, but medical issues arose and his condition worsened over the weekend, said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin.
Miskin said he had no additional details about Hess' surgery or his condition.