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Pennsylvania State Senate

James W Gerlach



Session Office Position District Party
1995 44 Republican
1996 44 Republican
1997 44 Republican
1998 44 Republican
1999 44 Republican
2000 44 Republican
2001 44 Republican
2002 44 Republican
 Counties   Berks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery


1955 -

Early Life:

James W. “Jim” Gerlach (R), born in 1955, in Ellwood City, son of Helen Fitzgerald and the late Jack A.; Lincoln High School, 1973; Dickinson College (B.A.), cum laude, 1977; Dickinson School of Law (J.D.), 1980; married Karen Devanna; 3 children.  

Early Career:

Attorney, Lamb, Windle & McErlane, Professional Corporation (PC); member, Downingtown Lions Club, Chester County Agricultural Development Council.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Pa. House of Representatives 1991-94; elected to Pa. Senate 1994; chair, Local Government; vice-chair, Labor & Industry Committee, PRIME Council; member, Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Health & Welfare Commission, Pa. Committee on Crime & Delinquency; left office November 30, 2002. 

National Politics:

Elected to United States Congress 2003.

Pa. House of Representatives Biography


Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-15; Volume 114, December, 1999.

After 8 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania Senate, James W Gerlach went on to serve in congress