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



  • 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



  • 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
  • Peace of Heart - Community Partner Award, Aidan’s Heart Foundation, 2014
  • 2014 Legislative Leadership Award, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association

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