Rep. Jesse Topper was elected to represent the 78th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan. 28, 2014. Since then, he has proudly served the people of Bedford, Franklin and Fulton counties. 

For the 2019-20 Legislative Session, he serves on the House Appropriations, Education, Judiciary, Liquor Control and Rules committees. Topper is also a Deputy Whip. Deputy whips have diverse tasks, including ensuring members attend session, whipping up support for key pieces of legislation and informing their fellow Republican colleagues on upcoming policy issues. 

Topper is a lifelong resident of Bedford County, where he still lives with his wife, Christy, and their two sons. Throughout his life, he has been very active in his community, participating in 4-H and the Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Later, he spent seven years as a football coach at Bedford High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. He continues to be active in his sons’ Boy Scout troop and serves as a coach for their sports teams. 

A homeschooled graduate, Topper earned his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Bedford County. 

As an adult, Topper served his community, including serving as first and second vice president of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and time as a Bedford borough councilman. Topper also previously served as the executive minister of the Bedford United Methodist Church, overseeing day-to-day operations. 

The78th Legislative District is made up of parts of Bedford, Franklin and Fulton counties.