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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:

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

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