Biography

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

Known by the people of ChesterCounty simply as “Andy,” Senator Andrew E. Dinniman is 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: 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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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.

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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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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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