Andrew E. “Andy” Dinniman (D), born 1944, son of the late Harold and Edith Dinniman; Amity Regional High School, University of Connecticut (B.A.), political science, 1966; University of Maryland (M.A.), history, 1969; Penn State University (Ed.D.), history/philosophy of higher education, 1978; married Margo; 1 child.
Former teacher, Prince George Community College; former professor, West Chester University; former Commissioner, Chester County, 1992-96; former member, Chester County Conservation District, Democratic National Committee, Downingtown Area School Board; honorary member, Chester County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program; member, Chester County Historical Society, Green Valleys Association, French and Pickering Land Trust, Buck and Doe Land Trust, NAACP (West Chester Branch), Brandywine Valley Association, Chester County Historic Preservation Network, Chester County Trade Council, Joint Legislative Conservation Committee, Education Committee of the States, Pa. State Board of Education, Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority (PHEFA), State Public School Building Authority (SPSBA), Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority; chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee, 1979-85; appointed, West Whiteland Municipal Authority, Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Committee;
NAACP Community Service Award- 1997, Military Order of the Purple Heart Citation for Outstanding Service to Veterans- 1998, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Excellence in Local Government Award- 1998, Grange Award for Public Service- 1999, Exton Regional Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Award- 1999, Chester County Water Resources Leadership Award- 2003, Melton Arts & Education Center Community Builder Award- 2004, Hutchinson UAME Church People That Make A Difference Award- 2004, Housing Partnership of Chester County Building Better Communities Award- 2004, Chester County CARES Hunger Awareness Award- 2006, Congressional Medal of Honor Society President’s Award- 2011, Chester County Detachment of Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award- 2012, ARC of Pa. Legislator of the Year- 2012, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Sam & Eleanor Morris Conservation Award- 2012, Temple University College of Education Institute of Disabilities Support in Disability Policy Award- 2013, Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pa. Legislators Award- 2013, U.S. Humane Society of Pennsylvania Chapter Humane Senator of the Year- 2013, PA Bio State Public Official of the Year- 2013, Aidan’s Heart Foundation Community Leadership Award- 2014, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association Legislative Leadership Award- 2014, West Chester University President’s Medal for Service- 2015, Chester County EMS Council Robert Thompson Memorial Award- 2016, Lincoln University Alumni Association Distinguished Leadership Award- 2017; Senator Andrew Dinniman award given annually.
Elected to Pa. Senate in a special election May 16, 2006; minority chair, Education Committee; member, Agricultural & Rural Affairs, Environmental Resources & Energy, Public Health & Welfare, Local Government, State Government, Joint Conservation, Communications & Technology, Consumer Protections & Professional Licensure, Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Community, Economic, & Recreational Development Committees; retired November 30, 2020.
Cited: Pennsylvania Manual Dec. 2019, vol. 124 p. 3-17