Married Katherine J.
Edwin B. and Ruth Erickson
Albright College, B.S., 1960; Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D., 1969
Prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2001, Edwin "Ted" Erickson served for nine years as Executive Director of Delaware County, overseeing government operations in one of the largest counties in the Commonwealth. Senator Erickson had previously been elected to Delaware County Council, serving as a member from 1982 to 1989 and as chairman (1987-1989). From 1989 to 1992, Senator Erickson was in charge of implementing federal environmental programs as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia). Rounding out his experience in government, Senator Erickson worked from 1976 to 1982 as Chief Administrative Office of Upper Darby Township. Prior to that, he served as Upper Darby's Director of Public Health. Outside of government service, Senator Erickson was an educator. From 1969 to 1973 he was tenured Assistant Professor of Biology at Hamilton College, teaching microbiology, biochemistry and general biology. Senator Erickson also taught general biology, anatomy and physiology, cell physiology and zoology at Drexel University and East Stroudsburg State College (1962-1969). Senator Erickson has also had three articles published in professional science journal, and is a former member of the prestigious Army Science Board, serving as an advisor to the U.S. Army on scientific and technological matters. Senator Erickson is a member of the following caucuses: Arthritis Caucus, Autism Caucus, Biotechnology/Life Science Caucus, Delaware River Basin Caucus, Delaware River Port Caucus, Firefighter and Emergency Services Caucus, and Pro-Life Caucus. In addition, Senator Erickson serves on the Local Government Commission, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors; Majority Policy Chair 2010 to date.