Michael M Dawida
Born on September 4, 1949, Pittsburgh, Michael Dawida is the son of Mathew and Edna (Robert) Dawida. He received his education at Carrick High School, the University of Pittsburgh (B.A.) 1971, and the Hamline Law School (J.D.) 1977; worked as a child care worker, 1969-1970; attorney, 1977-1978; member of the House of Representatives, 1979-1988, and the state Senate, 1989-1996. During his legislative career, the senator helped clear passage of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act, the Pennsylvania Food Donor Act, and the Pennsylvania Organ Donation Act. After legislative service, Michael served as a professor of Law and Public Policy at California University of Pennsylvania. The senator is, and has been the member of numerous civic, fraternal, and professional clubs and associations; was elected to the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners, 1996; as Chair of the same, overhauled the County Pension System, founded the Airport Authority, and created the Allegheny County 911 System. He initiated billions of development dollars for projects including the Heinz Stadium, PNC Park, David Lawrence Convention Center and the "Waterfront" in Homestead; sits on a number of boards; and is the recipient of dozens of local and institutional awards. He was the head of Scenic Pittsburgh, and is a professor at California Univeristy of PA. Michael married Audrey Mielcuszny.