Biography

Dinniman with his wife, Margo, and dog, Henry, during a walk in East Bradford.

Known by the people of Chester and Montgomery counties simply as “Andy,” Senator Andrew E. Dinniman has been recognized as a leader in education and an advocate for communities and families through three decades in public service.

That vision and leadership led to his 2006 election and reelection in 2008 and 2012 to the Pennsylvania Senate, representing Pennsylvania’s 19th District.

Prior to serving in the legislature, Senator Dinniman served for 15 years as a Chester County Commissioner, making him the longest-serving commissioner in county history. As Commissioner, Andy demonstrated a true commitment to the future of Chester County by taking on some of the region’s most difficult issues. He worked to found the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, the Chester County Gleaning Project and served as one of the principal architects of Landscapes, the county’s award-winning open space plan. Both as a commissioner and a state senator, Andy also has consistently opposed tax hikes and increases in spending.

Dinniman, as a Chester County Commissioner, during a visit to Reeves Park in Phoenixville, circa 1993

Before being elected county commissioner in 1991, Senator Dinniman served on the Downingtown Area School Board and the West Whiteland Municipal Authority. A teacher, West Chester University professor and community leader, he has been honored by numerous education, business, environmental, veterans’ and service groups: Temple University’s College of Education, Pennsylvania Bio, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley and the ARC of Pennsylvania.

In the Senate, his priorities include access to education, economic security and job growth, local government control over local issues, environmental protection, historic preservation, and quality-of-life issues.

Dinniman being sworn in to his second term in the Pennsylvania Senate following his 2008 reelection.

Senator Dinniman serves as minority chairman of the Education Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Communications and Technology, Environmental Resources and Energy, and State Government committees.

Senator Dinniman is also a member of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority and the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

He also serves on the Education Commission of the States, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania State Public School Building Authority, the Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority, and the Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

In addition, Senator Dinniman belongs to the BIGS (Big Brothers and Big Sisters) Caucus, the Brain Injury Caucus, the Community College Caucus, the Diabetes Caucus, the Early Childhood Education Caucus, Fire and Emergency Services Caucus, the International Commerce Caucus, the Joint House and Senate Autism Caucus, the Legislative Hunger Caucus, the Life Science and Biotechnology Caucus, the Nonprofit Charitable Caucus, the YMCA Legislative Caucus and the Muhlenberg German-American Caucus.

Dinniman resides in West Whiteland Township with his wife, Margo. Together they have a daughter, Alexis.

 

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Category: GeneralHuman Trafficking Advocacy Day in the State Capitol

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April 1, 2014

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

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April 2, 2014

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April 2, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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April 9, 2014

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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

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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

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April 11, 2014

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

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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.

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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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April 24, 2014

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Category: GeneralHumane Lobby Day in Harrisburg

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April 28, 2014

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April 28, 2014

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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.

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