Robert J. “Bob” Mellow (D), born December 10, 1942, in Peckville, son of the late James and Alice Generotti Mellow; attended Lackawanna County Junior College, University of Scranton; Bethel College (B.S.); attended graduate school, Marywood University, accounting; married Diane Pullman on August 27, 1966; 2 daughters; 1 granddaughter.
Former member, Pa. National Guard, 1962-68; member, Pa. National Guard Hall of Fame, National and Pennsylvania Societies of Public Accountants, University of Scranton Purple Club, Valley View Cougar Kickoff Club, Young Democrats of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), Knights of Columbus, Italian-American Democratic Association, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Blakely-Peckville Lions Club, Scranton Elks; president, Chick Feldman Foundation; former co-chair, Lupus Foundation of America Incorporated Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter; member, board of directors, Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pa.; board of directors, Montage, Incoporated, Lourdesmont School, Scranton Chapter, United Nations Association of America; member, advisory board, Worthington-Scranton Campus, Pennsylvania State University; General State Authority; executive board member, Capitol Preservation Committee, State Highway and Bridge Authority, Gettysburg 125th Anniversary Committee, Joint State Government Committee; board of trustees, University of Scranton; Catholic.
Pa. Trial Lawyers’ President’s Award- 2007; Pa. Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals Educational Excellence Award- 2002; Pa. School Counselors Association Legislator of the Year- 2002; honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Marywood University- 2002; Boys & Girls Club Champion of Youth- 2001; Lackawanna College Award dedicated in Mellow’s name- 1999; Pa. Federation of Museums President’s Award- 1998; Northeast Alliance of Pa. Retirees (AFL-CIO) Man of the Year- 1996; Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame- 1988; Distinguished Pennsylvanian Award- 1982;
Elected to Pa. Senate 1970; elected Democratic Caucus Chair 1985; elected Democratic Leader 1989-90; vice-chair, Ethics & Official Conduct, 1987-88, 1989-90; minority chair, Rules & Executive Nominations, 1989-90; elected President Pro Tempore 1992-94; Minority Floor Leader, 1994-2010; left office November 30, 2010.
Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 79; Volume 102, 1974-75.
Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 87; Volume 109, December 1989.
Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-20; Volume 119, 2009-2010.