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K. LEROY IRVIS


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1959 Representative Democrat
1960 Representative Democrat
1961 Representative Democrat
1962 Representative Democrat
1963 Representative Minority Caucus Chairman Democrat
1964 Representative Minority Caucus Chairman Democrat
1965 Representative Majority Caucus Chairman Democrat
1966 Representative Majority Caucus Chairman Democrat
1967 Representative Minority Whip Democrat
1968 Representative Minority Whip Democrat
1969 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1970 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1971 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1972 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1973 Representative Minority Whip 19 Democrat
1974 Representative Minority Whip 19 Democrat
1975 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1976 Representative Majority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1977 Representative Majority Floor Leader, Speaker Democrat
1978 Representative Speaker Democrat
1979 Representative Minority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1980 Representative Minority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1981 Representative Minority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1982 Representative Minority Floor Leader 19 Democrat
1983 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
1984 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
1985 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
1986 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
1987 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
1988 Representative Speaker 19 Democrat
 Counties   Allegheny

Biography

12/27/1919 - 03/16/2006

IRVIS, K. Leroy, a Representative from Allegheny County; born, December 27, 1919 in Saugerties, Ulster County, NY; educated in the public schools of Albany; A.B., New York State Teachers College; M.A., education, University of New York, 1939; LL.B., J.D., University of Pittsburgh Law School, 1954, 1969; Doctor of Laws, Lincoln University, 1979; Doctor of Laws, State University of New York, Albany, 1986; teaching fellowship (1939); Owens Fellowship in Law; civilian attaché, War Department, aviation training division; school teacher; steel chipper, Crucible Steel, Pittsburgh; research assistant; editor, Pittsburgh Urban League Magazine; reporter, Pittsburgh Courier; secretary of public relations, Urban League of Pittsburgh; attorney; law clerk, Judges Anne X. Alpern, Loran Lewis (1955-1957); assistant district attorney, Allegheny County; solicitor; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1958; reelected to serve 14 more consecutive terms; elected, Minority Caucus Chairman (1963-1964); elected, Majority Caucus Chairman (1965-1966); elected, Minority Whip (1967-1968, 1973-1974); elected, Majority Leader (1969-1972, 1975- May 23, 1977); elected, Minority Leader (1979-1982); elected, Speaker (May 23, 1977-1978, 1983-1988); appointed, Joint State Commission (1963-1988); appointed, Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority (PHEAA) (1981-1988); appointed, State Public School Building Authority (1981-1988); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1988); delegate, Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Convention (1968); elected, vice-chairman, Pennsylvania Delegation, Democratic National Convention (1976, 1980); chairman, credentials committee, Democratic National Convention (1988); law school professor; died, March 16, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interred, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


  
Archival Collections

K. Leroy Irvis Papers, 1947-1995, AIS.1971.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh



Bibliography

Irvis, K. Leroy.  This Land of Fire.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1988.