James W. “Jim” Gerlach (R), born in 1955, in Ellwood City, son of Helen Fitzgerald and the late Jack A.; Lincoln High School, 1973; Dickinson College (B.A.), cum laude, 1977; Dickinson School of Law (J.D.), 1980; married Karen Devanna; 3 children.
Attorney, Lamb, Windle & McErlane, Professional Corporation (PC); member, Downingtown Lions Club, Chester County Agricultural Development Council.
Pa. House of Representatives 1991-94; elected to Pa. Senate 1994; chair, Local Government; vice-chair, Labor & Industry Committee, PRIME Council; member, Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Health & Welfare Commission, Pa. Committee on Crime & Delinquency; left office November 30, 2002.
Elected to United States Congress 2003.
Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-15; Volume 114, December, 1999.