First elected to the House in 1978, Gannon currently serves as Chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee. He previously served for eight years as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, one of the most prestigious and active standing committees in the General Assembly. He also serves on the Council of State Government Eastern Region’s Criminal Justice Board of Directors.
One of his top legislative priorities is eliminating insurance discrimination against persons suffering from mental illness. He has introduced legislation that will require insurance companies to provide the same level of coverage for mental illness as they do for physical illness. In recognition of his work on behalf of children and adults who are mentally ill, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Pennsylvania named Gannon the 1997 recipient of their highest award, the President’s Award.
In addition to his position as Professional Licensure Chairman, Gannon is a member of the House Rules, Insurance and Republican Policy committees. He is also a former chairman of the House Republican Computer Services Committee.
He is a graduate of Temple University and the Delaware Law School of Widener University, where he ranked in the upper quarter of his graduating class. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Federal District Court, the Delaware County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer’s Association.
Among his honors are the Del-Chester Claims Association’s Man of the Year in 1977, the National Federation of Independent’s Guardian of Small Business Award, the DELCO Chamber Free Enterprise Award in 1996, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) NAMI Distinguished Legislator Award in 1998, for his outstanding contribution to advance fair insurance protections for children and adults with mental illness.
Gannon is also past president of Our Lady of Peace Home and School Association. His credentials have earned him a place among the most important contributors in his profession and he is listed in Who's Who in America for his many accomplishments.
Prior to his election to the House, Gannon worked for the Reliance Insurance Company as a Contract Surety Bond Claim Attorney.
He is the father of four grown children, Christopher, Kelley Ann, Gregory and Patricia, and he has one granddaughter, Grace. He lives with his wife Kathleen in Woodlyn, Delaware County. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and golf. He is a licensed pilot.
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