Pennsylvania's state House majority leader is telling top Republican Party officials that he plans to run for a U.S. House seat.
Two party activists said Friday that Mike Turzai is informing key people of his decision before he makes a public announcement.
The activists who spoke to The Associated Press did not want to be named talking about the subject before Turzai publicly announces his candidacy.
Asked about it by telephone Friday, Turzai said he was in a meeting and couldn't talk.
Turzai, of Allegheny County, would run for the 12th District seat whose suburban Pittsburgh boundaries were dramatically redrawn in December by Turzai and other top Republicans.
Its new boundaries combine portions of districts currently represented by two Democratic incumbents, Mark Critz and Jason Altmire.
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