About

ATTENDED

  • University of Connecticut, B.A., 1966
  • University of Maryland, M.A., 1969
  • Penn State University, Ed.D., 1978

 

CAREER

  • Member, Downingtown Area School District, 1975-1979
  • West Whiteland Municipal Authority, 1990-1991 (appointed)
  • Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Committee, 1992-1995 (appointed)
  • Member of Chester County Historical Society, Green Valleys Association, French and Pickering Land Trust, Buck and Doe Land Trust, NAACP (West Chester Branch), Brandywine Valley Association, Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Chester County Trade Council
  • Chester County Conservation District, 1992-2006
  • 15 Years as Chester County Commissioner, 1992-2006
  • Member of the Senate, June 19, 2006 to date

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • NAACP Community Service Award, 1997
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Citation for Outstanding Service to Veterans, 1998
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Excellence in Local Government Award, 1998
  • Grange Award for Public Service, 1999
  • Exton Regional Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Award, 1999
  • Chester County Water Resources Leadership Award, 2003
  • Melton Arts & Education Center Community Builder Award, 2004
  • Hutchinson UAME Church People That Make A Difference Award, 2004
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County Building Better Communities Award, 2004
  • Chester County CARES Hunger Awareness Award, 2006
  • First Annual Senator Andrew Dinniman Award, Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester, 2007
  • Robert H. Hanna Community Appreciation Award, Human Relations Council of Greater West Chester, 2007
  • Elected State Official of the Year, Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries, 2007
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business, 2007-2008
  • Legislator of the Year, Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools, 2008
  • Champion for Early Education, Childhood Education Coalition of Chester County, 2009
  • Leadership and Service Award, Alumni Society of Penn State University’s College of Education, 2009
  • Humane Legislator of the Year, Great Valley High School Animal Protection Club, 2009
  • Lifetime Preservation Award, Chester County Historic Preservation Network, 2010
  • Robert Thompson Memorial Award, Chester County EMS Council, 2010
  • Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award, 2011
  • YMCA Legislative Champion Award, 2011
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Society President’s Award, 2011
  • Sam and Eleanor Morris Conservation Award, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 2012
  • Legislator of the Year, ARC of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Chester County Detachment of the Marine Corps League, 2012
  • Literacy Award, the Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center of the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley, 2012
  • State Public Official of the Year, Pennsylvania Bio, 2013
  • Humane Senator of the Year, Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Humane Society, 2013
  • Honorary Member, Chester County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, 2013
  • Legislative Award,  Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Support in Disability Policy Award, Institute of Disabilities at Temple University’s College of Education, 2013
 

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April 2014
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Category: GeneralMeeting with Legislative Prayer Caucus

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March 31, 2014

Category: GeneralLegislative Session

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March 31, 2014

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Category: GeneralHuman Trafficking Advocacy Day in the State Capitol

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April 1, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

Category: GeneralARC of Pennsylvania Legislative Reception

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April 1, 2014

Attending the Arc of Pennsylvania's Legislative Reception at the Harrisburg Hilton following the organization's advocacy & policy day.

ARC of Pennsylvania Legislative Reception

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April 2, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

Category: GeneralPCN Call-In Program on Education

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April 2, 2014

Participating in PCN's Call-In Program on Education with Senator Folmer.

PCN Call-In Program on Education

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Category: GeneralSPSBA and PHEFA Meetings

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April 3, 2014

State Public School Building Authority and Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority meeting in Harrisburg.

SPSBA and PHEFA Meetings

Category: GeneralCCEDC Business Achievement Awards Dinner

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April 3, 2014

Honoring Oscar Lasko at the Chester County Economic Development Council Business Achievement Awards Dinner at the Phoenixville Foundry.

CCEDC Business Achievement Awards Dinner

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Category: GeneralCCIU Celebrate Children Dinner

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April 4, 2014

Giving the Keynote Speech at the Chester County Intermediate Unit's "Celebrate Children Dinner" at the Desmond. The even is part of the Week of the Young Child.

CCIU Celebrate Children Dinner

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Category: GeneralMeeting with Legislative Prayer Caucus

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April 7, 2014

Category: GeneralLegislative Session

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April 7, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

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April 8, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

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Category: GeneralVFCC's 75th Anniversary

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April 9, 2014

Honoring Valley Forge Christian College on its 75th Anniversary

VFCC's 75th Anniversary

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April 9, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

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Category: GeneralConservation Committee Public Hearing on Pipelines

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April 10, 2014

Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution & Conservation Committee Public Hearing on pipelines at the West Pikeland Township building. A luncheon with members of the mushroom industry will follow.

Conservation Committee Public Hearing on Pipelines

Category: GeneralPaoli Business and Professional Association Banquet

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April 10, 2014

Recognizing members of the Paoli Business and Professional Association at its banquet at the Desmond.

Paoli Business and Professional Association Banquet

Category: GeneralChester-Delaware County Farm Bureau Banquet

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April 10, 2014

Honoring members of the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau at its banquet at Goshen Fire Hall.

Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau Banquet

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Category: GeneralThorndale-Downingtown Rotary Breakfast

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April 11, 2014

Attending Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary Breakfast at Green Street Grille.

Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary Breakfast

Category: GeneralPASA Board Meeting

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April 11, 2014

Attending the meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators in Harrisburg.

PASA Board Meeting

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Category: GeneralVisit to Walnut Street Labs

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April 15, 2014

Visiting and speaking at Walnut Street Labs, a startup incubator in West Chester.

Visit to Walnut Street Labs

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Category: GeneralAKA Emerging Young Leader's Group

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April 19, 2014

Speaking to Alpha Kappa Akpha's Emerging Young Leaders Group at St. Paul's Baptist Church.

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Category: GeneralCCIU Legislative Meeting

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April 24, 2014

Attending the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Legislative Meeting on the Keystone Exams.

CCIU Legislative Meeting

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Category: GeneralArbor Day Celebration at Hoopes Park

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April 25, 2014

Speaking at the New Century Club's 25th Annual Arbor Day Celebration.

Category: GeneralMeeting with Representatives from AICUP

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April 25, 2014

Lunch meeting with representatives from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania at Immaculata University.

Meeting with Representatives from AICUP

Category: GeneralMeeting with MCHCCC

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April 25, 2014

Meeting with members of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County during “Family Center Network Week.”

Meeting with MCHCCC

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Category: GeneralSafe Harbor Spring Celebration

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April 26, 2014

Attending the Safe Harbor Spring Celebration at Whitford Country Club.

Safe Harbor Spring Celebration

Category: GeneralDowningtown Alumni Association Banquet

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Category: GeneralEarth Day Movie Screening at the Colonial Theater

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April 27, 2014

Speaking at a screening of "Fierce Green Fire" at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.

Earth Day Movie Screening at the Colonial Theater

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Category: GeneralHumane Lobby Day in Harrisburg

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April 28, 2014

Category: GeneralMeeting with Legislative Prayer Caucus

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April 28, 2014

Category: GeneralLegislative Session

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April 28, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

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Category: GeneralPA Bio Breakfast and Advocacy Day

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April 29, 2014

Attending PA Bio Breakfast and Advocacy Day in Harrisburg.

PA Bio Breakfast and Advocacy Day

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April 29, 2014

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April 30, 2014

Legislative Session in Harrisburg

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