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Oral History Project

Robert W. O'Donnell (D - 1974-1993), on Campaigning: Robert J. Butera (R - 1963-1977), on Leadership:
Picture of Robert W. O'Donnell -- Click here to link to the full size picture. "After I get elected the first time, I went back campaigning. I'm knocking door-to door - I'm remembering now that my mother had been the crossing guard in front of the school for generations - and I'm knocking on doors and I come to this one home and the woman opens the door and I said, "Hello," I'm about to introduce myself and she says, "I know who you are." And I think, "That's right, I'm the State Representative from around here" and she said, "You're Ruth's boy aren't you?" So, another valuable experience that one collects along the road that is helpful in public life is a measure of humility. You don't want too many of those, but it's nice every now and then to have that tempered by humility." Picture of Robert J. Butera -- Click here to link to the full size picture. "I became the senior Member of the largest Republican delegation in the state, and I was only thirty years old, and I didn't know anything. I was very green. I became the Whip at age thirty. Well, almost thirty-one. I was the youngest Whip ever, and it was strictly because of those circumstances over which I had no control. I had to perform; I'm not trying to be too self-deprecating, but circumstances play a huge role in one's political career. I became the Whip, and I was the Whip for six years, and then I became the Leader for five years, you know, so I had quite a nice career."

In November 2004, the House Archives began interviewing former Representatives of the Pennsylvania House. Many of the interviews contain a common thread of similarly shared experiences, such as budget battles, serving on committees, or the legislative process. The interviewees also share personal reflections, unique experiences, and considerations that went into prime sponsored legislation.

The interviews follow a biographical format, beginning with the subject's family background, education, and pre-House work experience. The interview also covers the topics of campaigns, inter-personal relationships, legislative career highlights, and insights to Representatives' post-House careers. Transcripts of the interviews are deposited in the House Archives. To participate, please contact the Oral History Coordinator at 717-783-3866.

Click one of the links below, or scroll down, to see a list of members who have participated in an interview.

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List of Oral History Project interviewees as of November, 2016:

William F. Adolph, Jr.

(R) 1989-2016, 165th District, Delaware County

Robert Allen

(R), 1988-2006, 125th District, Berks, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties

Ryan Aument

(R) 2011-2014, 41st District, Lancaster County

Robb Austin

(D), 1979-1980, 39th District, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties

Roy Baldwin

(R), 2003-2006, 97th District, Lancaster County

Ellen M. Bard

(R), 1995-2004, 153rd District, Montgomery County

John Barley

(R), 1985-2002, 100th District, Lancaster County

Bob Bastian

(R), 1999-2008, 140th District, Bedford and Somerset Counties

Joseph W. Battisto

(D), 1983-2000, 189th District, Monroe County

Linda Bebko-Jones

(D), 1993-2006, 1st District, Erie County

Daniel E. Beren

(R), 1967-1976, 153rd District, Montgomery County

Milton Berkes

(D), 1967-1974, 140th District, Bucks County

Karen D. Beyer

(R), 2005-2010, 131st District, Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Jerry Birmelin

(R), 1985-2006, 139th District, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties

Thomas Blackwell, IV

(D), 2005-2008, 190th District, Philadelphia County

Kenneth E. Brandt

(R), 1973-1999, 98th District, Lancaster County

John Broujos

(D), 1983-1992, 199th District, Adams, Cumberland, and York Counties

Raymond Bunt, Jr.

(R), 1983-2006, 147th District, Montgomery County

Edward Burns

(R), 1973-1990, 18th District, Bucks County

Robert J. Butera

(R), 1963-1977, 150th District, Montgomery County

Alan Butkovitz   Transcript 1 , Transcript 2

(D), 1991-2004, 174th District, Philadelphia County

Michael E. Cassidy

(D), 1977-1978, 80th District, Blair County

Gaynor Cawley

(D), 1981-2006, 113th District, Lackawanna County

Richard J. Cessar

(R), 1971-1994, 30th District, Allegheny County

Paul Clymer

(R), 1981-2014, 45th District, Bucks County

Lita I. Cohen

(R), 1993-2002, 148th District, Montgomery County

Mark B. Cohen  

(D) 1974-2016, 202nd District, Philadelphia County

Jeffrey Coleman

(R), 2001-2004, 60th District, Armstrong and Indiana Counties

Joe Conti

(R), 1993-1997, 143rd District, Bucks County

Jacqueline Crahalla

(R), 2003-2006, 150th District, Montgomery County

Lawrence Curry

(D), 1993-2012, 154th District, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

Peter J. Daley, II  

(D) 1983-2016, 49th District, Fayette and Washington Counties

H. William DeWeese  

(D), 1976-2012, 50th District, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties

Lee A. Donaldson, Jr.

(R), 1955-1970, 70th District, Allegheny County

Donald Dorr

(R), 1973-1990, 193rd District, York County

Paul Drucker

(D), 2009-2010, 157th District, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Edward Early

(D), 1971-1974, 29th District, Allegheny County

William H. Eckensberger, Jr.  

(D), 1965-1976, 2nd and 133rd District, Lehigh County

C. Allan Egolf

(R), 1993-2004, 86th District, Cumberland, Franklin and Perry Counties

Dwight Evans

(D) 1981-2016, 203rd District, Philadelphia County

D. Michael Fisher

(R), 1975-1980, 40th District, Allegheny County

Robert J. Flick

(R), 1983-2006, 167th District, Chester and Delaware Counties

Richard Geist

(R), 1979-2012, 79th District, Blair County

Camille 'Bud' George

(D), 1975-2012, 74th District, Centre and Clearfield Counties

Mauree A. Gingrich  

(R), 2003-2016, 101st District, Lebanon County

Francis Gleeson, Jr.

(D), 1969-1979, 172nd District, Philadelphia County

Stewart Greenleaf II

(R), 1977-1978, 152nd District, Bucks and Montgomery Counties

James D. Greenwood

(R), 1981-1986, 143rd District, Bucks County

Michael C. Gruitza

(D), 1981-2006, 7th District, Mercer County

George Hasay  

(R), 1973-2006, 117th District, Columbia, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties

Dr. George K. Haudenshield

(R), 1959-1970, 43rd District, Allegheny County

Samuel E. Hayes, Jr.

(R), 1971-1992, 81st District, Blair, Centre and Huntingdon Counties

Lynn Herman

(R), 1983-2006, 77th District, Centre and Clearfield Counties

Arthur D. Hershey

(R), 1983-2008, 13th District, Chester and Lancaster Counties

John Hornaman

(D), 2007-2012, 3rd District, Erie County

Mike J. Horsey

(D), 1995-2004, 190th District, Philadelphia County

Harold James

(D), 1989-2008 and 2012, 186th District, Philadelphia County

Babette Josephs

(D), 1985-2012, 182nd District, Philadelphia County

Richard Kasunic

(D), 1983-1994, 52nd District, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties

James B. Kelly, III

(R), 1971-1976, 28th District, Allegheny County

George Kenney

(R), 1984-2008, 170th District, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

Thaddeus Kirkland  

(D) 1993-2016, 159th District. Delaware County

Allen G. Kukovich

(D), 1977-1996, 56th District, Westmoreland County

Franklin L. Kury

(D), 1967-1972, 108th District, Northumberland and Montour Counties

Susan B. Laughlin

(D), 1989-2004, 16th District, Allegheny and Beaver Counties

Daylin Leach

(D), 2003-2008, 149th District, Montgomery County

Austin Lee

(R), 1957-1964, 14th District, Philadelphia County

Kenneth B. Lee

(R), 1957-1974, 111th District, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties

Dennis Leh

(R), 1987-2006, 130th District, Berks County

Victor J. Lescovitz

(D), 1980-2006, 46th District, Allegheny, Beaver and Washington Counties

Beverly Mackereth

(R), 2001-2008, 196th District, York County

Roger Madigan

(R), 1977-1984, 110th District, Bradford County

Stephen Maitland

(R), 1993-2006, 91st District, Adams and Franklin Counties

Sandra J. Major  

(R) 1995-2016, 111th District, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties

Carl Mantz

(R), 2007-2008, 187th District, Berks and Lehigh Counties

John B. McCue

(R), 1963-1964, 1971-1976, 60th and 61st Districts, Armstrong County

Charles McIlhinney, Jr.

(R), 1999-2006, 143rd District, Bucks County

Christopher McNally

(D), 1989-1994, 36th District, Allegheny County

Mark McNaughton

(R), 1997-2006, 104th District, Dauphin County

Mitchell W. Melton  

(D), 1969-1972, 196th District, Philadelphia County

Thomas Michlovic

(D), 1979-2002, 35th District, Allegheny County

Nicholas Micozzie

(R), 1979-2014, 163rd District, Delaware County

Sheila Miller

(R), 1993-2006, 129th District, Berks County

John P. Milliron

(D), 1975-1978, 79th District, Blair County

Erin Molchany

(D), 2013-2014, 22nd District, Allegheny County

Phyllis Mundy

(D), 1991-2014, 120th District, Luzerne County

Carl Nelson

(D), 1959-1960, 2nd District, York County

Donna Gentile O'Donnell  

Robert W. O'Donnell  

(D), 1974-1993, 198th District, Philadelphia County

Michael A. O'Pake

(D), 1969-1972, 126th District, Berks County

H. Sheldon Parker

(R), 1967-1978, 42nd District, Allegheny County

John D. Payne  

(R) 2003-2016, 106th District, Dauphin County

Scott Perry

(R), 2007-2012, 92nd District, Cumberland and York Counties

Jeffrey E. Piccola

(R), 1977-1995, 104th District, Dauphin County

John Pippy

(R), 1997-2002, 44th District, Allegheny County

John Pittenger

(D), 1965-1966, 1969-1970, 96th District, Lancaster County

Joseph Preston

(D), 1983-2012, 24th District, Allegheny County

Ron Raymond

(R), 1985-2008, 162nd District, Delaware County

Roy Reinard

(R), 1983-2002, 178th District, Bucks County

Joseph Rhodes, Jr.

(D), 1973-1980, 24th District, Allegheny County

Lawrence Roberts   Transcript 1 , Transcript 2

(D), 1993-2006, 51st District, Fayette County

William Russell Robinson

(D), 1989-2002, 19th District, Allegheny County

Todd Rock

(R), 2007-2014, 90th District, Franklin County

T.J. Rooney

(D), 1993-2006, 133rd District, Lehigh and Northampton Counties

L. Christopher Ross  

(R) 1997-2016, 158th District, Chester County

Carole Rubley

(R), 1993-2008, 57th District, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Ruth C. Rudy

(D), 1983-1996, 171st District, Centre and Mifflin Counties

Dante Santoni

(D), 1993-2012, 126th District, Berks County

Larry O. Sather  

(R), 1993-2006, 81st District, Blair, Huntingdon and Mifflin Counties

Jere Schuler

(R), 1983-2002, 43rd District, Lancaster County

J. Michael Schweder

(D), 1975-1980, 135th District, Northampton County

Tim Seip

(D), 2007-2010, 125th District, Berks and Schuylkill Counties

Kent Shelhamer

(D), 1965-1976, 109th District, Columbia County

Bruce Smith

(R), 1981-2006, 92nd District, Cumberland and York Counties

Ken Smith

(D), 2007-2012, 112th District, Lackawanna County

L. Eugene Smith

(R), 1963-1986, 66th District, Indiana and Jefferson Counties

David Steil

(R), 1993-2008, 31st District, Bucks County

Jerry Stern

(R), 1993-2014, 80th District, Bedford and Blair Counties

Richard Stevenson

(R), 2001-2014, 8th District, Armstrong, Butler and Mercer Counties

Thomas L. Stevenson  

(R), 1997-2006, 42nd District, Allegheny County

RoseMarie Swanger

(R), 2007-2014, 102nd District, Lebanon County

David Sweet

(D), 1977-1988, 48th District, Washington County

Elinor Zimmerman Taylor

(R), 1977-2006, 156th District, Chester County

Thomas Tigue

(D), 1981-2006, 118th District, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe Counties

Guy A. Travaglio

(D), 1995-2004, 11th District, Butler County

Patricia H. Vance

(R), 1993-2004, 87th District, Cumberland County

Michael A. Vereb  

(R) 2007-2016, 150th District, Montgomery County

Bill Wachob

(D), 1979-1984, 75th District, Clearfield and Elk Counties

Donald R. Walko, Jr.

(D), 1995-2010, 20th District, Allegheny County

Peter C. Wambach, Jr.

(D), 1980-1992, 103rd District, Dauphin County

Constance H. Williams

(D), 1997-2001, 149th District, Montgomery County

Roy W. Wilt

(R), 1969-1981, 8th District, Mercer County

Robert C. Wise

(D), 1965-1974, 83rd District, Lycoming County

Edward Wojnaroski, Sr.

(D), 1997-2008, 71st District, Cambria County

Matthew Wright

(R), 1991-2006, 142nd District, Bucks County

Joseph R. Zeller  

(D), 1971-1980, 134th District, Lehigh County

Peter Zug

(R), 1993-2006, 102nd District, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties

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