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
  • 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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Upcoming Events

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Category: GeneralVisit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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November 1, 2014

Presenting a 10th Anniversary Citation to Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern.

Visit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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Category: GeneralChester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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November 3, 2014

Attending the awards celebration at West Chester University's Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.

Chester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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Category: GeneralElection Day (State Offices Closes)

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November 4, 2014N/A

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Category: General90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

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November 6, 2014

Presenting birthday certificates to seniors who are 90 years and older as part of the 90+ Club.

90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

Category: GeneralHome of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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November 6, 2014

Attending Home of the Sparrow event at the Desmond in Malvern.

Home of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street First Friday (Gone to the Dogs) Event

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November 7, 2014

Staff will have table.

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Category: GeneralMount Zion AME Church's 200th Anniversary Banquet

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Category: GeneralWest Chester Veterans Day Parade

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November 9, 2014

West Chester Veterans Day Parade

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Category: GeneralVeterans Day (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 12, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

Category: GeneralLegislative Session in Harrisburg

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November 12, 2014

Category: GeneralTuition Account Program (TAP) Advisory Board Meeting

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November 12, 2014

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 13, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

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Category: GeneralVisit to Growing Examples in West Chester

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November 14, 2014

Attend Growing Examples Restorative Justice Program in West Chester.

Visit to Growing Examples in West Chester

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Category: GeneralUniversity of Valley Forge

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November 17, 2014

Visit University of Valley Forge.

University of Valley Forge

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Category: GeneralBasic Education Funding Commission Meeting

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November 18, 2014

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Category: GeneralThanksgiving Day (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralState Offices Closed

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street Country Christmas

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December 5, 2014

Staff will have table.

Oxford Main Street Country Christmas

Category: GeneralWest Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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December 5, 2014

District Office at One North Church Street will host a Holiday Open House.

West Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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