Frank Mascara was born in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Belle Vernon High School and California University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education with highest honors, and was awarded the prestigious George S. Hart Scholar Award for Academic Excellence.
Congressman Mascara is a veteran of the United States Army and the father of four children and grandfather of nine. He and his wife, Dolores, have been married since 1954 and reside in Charleroi.
Representative Mascara was a small businessman, accountant, and educator before entering the political arena in 1973, when he was first elected as Washington County Controller. He served in that capacity until 1980, when he was elected Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Mascara served as Commission Chairman from 1980 through 1994. During his years in County government, Mr. Mascara served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of County Controllers, President of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Commissioners, and Chairman of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission.
In 1994, Mr. Mascara was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat representing the 20th District of Pennsylvania. The 20th District includes all of Washington and Greene counties, and portions of Fayette, Westmoreland, and Allegheny counties. He serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and its Subcommittees on Ground Transportation and Water Resources and Environment. He is also a member of the Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions including the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Government Sponsored Enterprises.
Congressman Mascara is a former Trustee of his alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, and a past member of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.