Prior to making the commitment to run for public service in the 35th District, Tim Houser, a Tyrone native, spent 30 years as a funeral director and business owner in Ebensburg, Cambria County. In that time he has met the needs of his neighbors in the most trying times of their lives. As a result, Tim has learned first hand the importance of advocating for senior rights in Pennsylvania.
Tim began working for Askew Funeral Home in Ebensburg in 1982. A short time later, in 1986, he purchased the funeral home from the Askew family and has grown the business to two locations with ten employees. Tim's son, John Paul now manages Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc. and is in the process of adding a third location.
Knowing the value of community resources, Tim served 18 years on the Ebensburg Area Business Commission where he served two terms as president. He was instrumental in establishing the Ebensburg Mainstreet Partnership and was a founding member of the Ebensburg Potatofest Committee.
An active community volunteer, Tim is a member of Dauntless Fire Company; a former Ebensburg Rotary Club member, where he served as a president and Paul Harris Fellow and former trustee of the Ebensburg Council of Knights of Columbus.
Tim also has a devout commitment to the young people of the 35th District. As a former music teacher, he has offered his skills to the Musical Theatre Program at Bishop Carroll High School and along with his wife, Marianne, co-chairs the annual “Lift Your Voice” Singing Contest at Holy Name Church.
Tim Houser is a proud graduate of Penn State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Music Education. During his time at Penn State, Tim worked simultaneously as a church choir director, part-time customer service at the local Sears & Roebuck store and at a local funeral home.
After graduation, Tim taught general music and served as Arts & Music Department Chair at Bishop Guilfoyle High School for two years. He began graduate work at Penn State for Education Administration but became compelled to his study to Mortuary Science. Tim graduated with an additional diploma from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Tim and his wife, Marianne McNulty have four adult children, John Paul (wife Vanessa), Joseph, Cecilia and Claire; and one grandchild, Sebastian. He and his family all reside in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania where he remains a Pro-Life advocate, as well as an advocate of volunteerism, senior rights, and second amendment rights.