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Pennsylvania State Senate

Robert Lawrence Coughlin



Session Office Position District Party
1967 17 Republican
1968 17 Republican
 Counties   Delaware, Montgomery


1929 - 2001

Of Villanova,  Delaware County (nephew of Congressman Clarence Dennis Coughlin), Robert Lawrence Coughlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa., April 11, 1929, the son of Robert Lawrence Sr. and Evelyn (Wich) Coughlin; graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville Connecticut; A.B. in Economics from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1950; M.B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1954; LL.B., Temple University Evening Law School, Philadelphia, Pa., 1958; lawyer, private practice; manufacturer; Captain, United States Marine Corps, Korean War Campaign, 1950-1952, aide-de-camp to Gen. L.B. Fuller; member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1965-1967; member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, 1967-1969; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-first and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1993); served as ranking Republican member of the Transportation and District subcommittees; ranking Republican on the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.  As a member of the District subcommittee, he became a key critic of Mayor Marion Barry’s “corruption and mismanagement” of the District of Columbia.   He chose not to run for the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992, and moved to Alexandria, Virginia as senior counsel to Eckert, Seamons, Cherin & Mellott, Washington, D.C., and later, the St. Louis-based Thompson Coburn firm.  Known for his signature bowtie, he died on November 30, 2001, at his weekend farm in Mathews, Va.; interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  He married first, Elizabeth Poole Sellers Worrell; second; Helen Ford Swan; and third, Susan MacGregor, who survived him.