Robert J Kusse
Senator Robert Kusse was born on March 19, 1918, a native of Rochester, New York, the son of John and Anna (Henderson) Kusse. He attended public schools and the Universities of Rochester and Buffalo; married Geraldine Moore in 1941; and in 1964, moved the family to Warren and opened Bob Kusse Pontiac-Cadillac. The Senator entered politics in 1966 as township supervisor before two unsuccessful bids for the state House of Representatives: once in 1967, when he lost in the primary, and in 1968, losing the general election. A determined Kusse made the attempt once again in 1972, won, and embarked on a 12-year stint in Harrisburg. Serving in the House into the 1977 session, the Republican Party convinced the Representative to fill the vacant seat left by the tragic death of Senator Richard Frame. He was seated on June 7, 1977. For nearly eight years, Senator Kusse gained recognition as one of Harrisburg’s top fiscal conservatives and a driving force behind repairing the Commonwealth’s ailing transportation system, chairing the Transportation Committee under President pro tempore Henry Hager during the Thornburgh administration. Senator Kusse retired in 1984. He died on February 8, 2008.