Eugene E Porterfield
"Gene" Porterfield was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (Fayette County) on November 3, 1946. One of two children, Porterfield attended various public school systems in southwestern PA, and graduated Connellsville High School in 1964. He married Cindy Payne of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1988 and he ran for the Pennsylvania State Senate's 39th District as a Democrat. Re-elected in 1992; lost to Allen Kukovich in 1996. In 1999, Porterfield was pressed by his former staff members to take down Kukovich to reclaim his former seat. In an unexpected move, however, he not only announced his intentions on running, but he switched his party affiliation to Republican. That November, Kukovich steamrolled Porterfield by nearly 14,000 votes (15%).