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George William Gekas


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1977 15 Republican
1978 15 Republican
1979 15 Republican
1980 15 Republican
1981 15 Republican
1982 15 Republican
 Counties   Dauphin, Lebanon

Biography

04/14/1930 - 12/16/2021

George William Gekas (R15) Dauphin and Lebanon (part) Counties 1977-1981

Early Life: 

George William Gekas, born April 14, 1930, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Mary Touloumes Gekas; William Penn High School, 1948; Dickinson College, B.A., 1952; Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1958; served, United States Army (1953-1955); attorney; assistant district attorney, Dauphin County 1960-1966; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1967-1974; unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1974; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1977-1982; appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (1979-1982); appointed, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Authority 1981-1982; elected, Republican, United States Congress 1983-2003; appointed, manager, Congressional Impeachment proceedings of Judge Alcee Lamar Hastings (1988); appointed, manager, Congressional Impeachment proceedings of President William Clinton (1998); unsuccessful campaign for reelection to Congress (2002); married, Evangeline “Vangie” Charas-Gekas; died, December 16, 2021, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, full military honors, Paxtang Cemetery, Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Served, United States Army (1953-1955); attorney; assistant district attorney, Dauphin County 1960-1966.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; member, fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Dauphin County Bar Association, Camp Curtin Historical Society, Christian Churches Council, Police Athletic League, Hershey Racket Club.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1967-1974; unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1974; upset by future Harrisburg mayor Steven Reed.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Dauphin and Lebanon (part) Counties, 1977- resigned December 31, 1981; appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (1979-1982); appointed, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Authority 1981-1982; Chair, Judiciary Committee, vice chair, Law and Justice Committee, member Aging and Youth, State Government and Urban Affairs and Housing Committees.  

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, 98th-107th, United States Congresses, 1983-2003; appointed, manager, Congressional Impeachment proceedings of Judge Alcee Lamar Hastings, 1988; appointed, manager, Congressional Impeachment proceedings of President William Clinton, 1998; unsuccessful campaign for reelection to Congress (2002); Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Control and Claims; Chairman, House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law; member, House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law; House Committee on Agriculture and Specialty Crop Subcommittee.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=530&body=H

Cited: 

Ackley, Gail (Ed.). (1980-1981). The Pennsylvania manual, 105. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, p. 68 and 89.



After 6 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, George William Gekas went on to serve in congress