Michael A O'Pake
Michael A. O’Pake (D), born 1940, in Reading, son of the late Michael E. and Anna M. O’Pake; Reading Cent. Cath. H.S., valedictorian, 1957; St. Joseph’s Univ. (A.B.), summa cum laude, 1961; Univ. of Penn. Law Sch. (J.D.), 1964; Albright Coll., hon. Doct. of Laws; Kutztown Univ., hon. Doct. of Pub. Svc.; mem.: PHEAA, PCCD, Agric. Land Preserv. Bd., Jt. State Govt. Comm., Capitol Preserv. Comm., Univ. of Pa. Sch. of Veterinary Medicine Bd. of Overseers, Hawk Mtn. Concl. Exec. Bd, Penn State-Berks Adv. Bd.; bd. of dir.: Dayspring Homes; bd. of trustees: Alvernia Coll., St. Joseph’s Univ.; awds.: Dept. of Ag. Investing in Our Future-2006-07, Alzheimer’s Assn. Legis. Advocacy-2005, Ben Franklin Medal for Disting. Achiev. on Behalf of Higher Educ.-2005, Berks Co. Pub. Librs. Elected Official of the Yr.-2004, YMCA of Reading & Berks Co. Champion of Youth-2004, Kutztown Univ. Leg. Fellow-2000, Alvernia Coll. Franciscan-1999, Papal Messenger of Truth & Hope-1998, St. Joseph’s Univ. Law Alumni Disting. Law Alumnus-1998, Gov’s Highway Safety-1996, Domestic Abuse Cncl. of Berks Co. Recognition-1994, NFIB Guardian of Small Bus.-1994; Olivet Champion of Youth-1993; Pa. House of Representatives, 1968-72; elected to Pa. Senate 1972, serving 9th consecutive term; Min. Caucus Sec., 1989-92, 1994; Maj. Caucus Chair, 1992-94; Min. Caucus Chair, 1995-2000; Min. Whip, 2000-pres.; Min. Chair: Agriculture and Rural Affairs Comm., 2001-pres.