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Pennsylvania State University - B.S. Degree, Agricultural Education

Pennsylvania State University, Temple University - graduate work

Parkland High School



Owner with wife, Excelsior Dairy Farm, Schnecksville

Catasauqua Area School District - former teacher, 15 years



House of Representatives - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1983

Committees: Chairman - Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness

Consumer Affairs

Policy Committee

Committee on Committees

                   Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council

Past member – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for 14 years; Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Past Chairman East Central Caucus

State Vice-Chairman of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Pennsylvania ALEC Leadership Team 1998-2002

ALEC National Member, Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force/ Executive Committee for this task force

ALEC National Chairman, Truth and Billing Ad Hoc Committee

Former member, Telecommunications Fraud Ad Hoc Committee

Former member, Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission

Former member, Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program



Charles Dick Medal of Merit, 2001 – Presented at the 123 rd National Guard Association of the United States General Conference.  One of 13 elected officials from across the country to be recognized with this medal, named in honor of Ohio National Guard Major General Charles Dick, NGAUS president from 1902 to 1909. 

Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, 2002 – Approved by Gov. Mark Schweiker and presented by Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Major Gen. William B. Lynch.  Presented to Pennsylvanians who have demonstrated exceptional meritorious service in support of soldiers and airmen of the state National Guard and the Commonwealth’s 1.3 million military veterans.

Outstanding Legislative Award – Presented by the Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars.



Member and Former Councilman - Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Neffs

Former Member - North Whitehall Zoning Hearing Board

Former 4-H Leader - 20 years

Past Vice President - Parkland Area Jaycees

Former Legislative Coordinator - Lehigh County Farm Bureau Association

Past President Lehigh County Farm Bureau

Past Member Allentown-Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce



Lehigh County Farm Bureau

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholder Board

Schnecksville and Pennsylvania State Grange

National Dairy Shrine

Fraternal-Jordan Lodge I.O.O.F.

Copeechan Fish and Game, Lifetime Member

Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce

Penn State Alumni Association, Lifetime Member

Neffs Fire Company

Schnecksville Fire Company



Kutztown University Nursing Advisory Committee

Lehigh/Carbon Community College Act 101 Advisory Board

Lehigh/Carbon Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board

Community Advisory Committee Gerontology Center of Penn State



Born November 6, 1939, married to the former Nancy Kemmerer, three daughters.


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