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Pennsylvania House of Representatives




Session Position District Party
1977 80 Democrat
1978 80 Democrat
 Counties   Blair


09/15/1955 -

CASSIDY, Michael E., a Representative from Blair County; born in Altoona, Blair County, Pa., September 15, 1955; graduated, Octorara Area High School, 1973; B.A., political science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1989; M.A., American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005; elected, council, Newberry Borough (1975-1976); elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1976; unsuccessful campaign for reelection to the House (1978); director, Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (1978-1979); legislative staff, Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1979-2012; research analyst, Democratic Research Office, 1979-1983; Executive Director, Labor Relations Committee, 1983-1990; Executive Director, Office of the Democratic Caucus Chairman, 1990-2010; Executive Director, Human Services Committee, 2011-2012); professor, The Pennsylvania State University (1988-2012); adjunct professor, Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs.

Archival Collections

Papers of Hon. Michael Cassidy, 1977-1978, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.


Cassidy, Michael E.  “Looking Back at the Legislative Modernization Movement in Pennsylvania:  Remarks of Herbert Fineman, Former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; with Introduction and Commentary.”  COMMONWEALTH:  A Journal of Political Science (2003) vol. 12, pp. 87-110.

Cassidy, Michael E.  “Roundtable Discussion as Oral History: The Legislative Modernization Panel at the 2003 Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Meeting.” Pennsylvania Political Scientist.  Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association, June 2007.