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Pennsylvania State Senate

Ernest P Kline


Session Office Position District Party
1965 47 Democrat
1966 47 Democrat
1967 47 Democrat
1968 47 Democrat
1969 47 Democrat
1970 47 Democrat
 Counties   Beaver, Washington


1929 - 2009

Kline was born June 20, 1929 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Webster neighborhood of Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania. He attended Rostraver High School, and Duquesne University. He entered politics 1955. In 1961, he was appointed to be a workers' compensation referee for Beaver, Washington, and Greene Counties. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1964, taking office in 1965. In August 1967, he was elected Democratic Floor Leader, becoming the youngest person to hold that position. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania on the Milton Shapp gubernatorial ticket in November 1970. As a Western Pennsylvanian, Kline provided balance to the Democratic ticket, which had Philadelphian Milton Shapp. Kline held that position from 1971 to 1979. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and 2000. He is credited for taking steps to establish the Governor's Energy Council during the 1973 oil crisis and for leading the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1978, but lost a highly contested primary to Peter Flaherty, who eventually lost to Dick Thornburgh. Kline retired from political life after his stint as Lieutenant Governor and served as a lobbyist. He lived in Palmyra, Pennsylvania until his death in 2009 at the age of 79.