Robert C. Jubelirer (R) was born on Feb. 9, 1937, in Altoona, the son of Samuel and Dorothy Brett. He is a graduate of Altoona H.S., 1955; Penn State University (B.A.), where he majored in history, 1959; and the Dickinson School of Law (J.D.), 1962. The Senator resides in Hollidaysburg. He is married to Renee Cohn Jubelirer, who is a member at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He has three children, three stepchildren, and three grandchildren.
Senator Jubelirer is involved in numerous community and civic activities, including serving as chair of the Blair County Multiple Sclerosis Society and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
In his district, Senator Jubelirer has emphasized transportation improvements, job creation, and rural opportunity. He is noted for his leadership on major issues such as lobbyist disclosure reform, open government, senior citizen legislation, economic development, education reform, and property tax relief. Senator Jubelirer sponsored legislation creating Pennsylvania’s Tuition Account Program and serves as a member of the TAP Board. He prime-sponsored Pennsylvania’s current Sunshine Law. He led the fight for major child protection measures known as “Ashley’s Law.”
Senator Jubelirer has been a driving force in securing state funding for key economic, community, and cultural projects, highlighted by the Blair County Ballpark, home of the Double-A Altoona Curve, and the Blair County Conservation Center. In 2001, the Robert C. Jubelirer Business Park was dedicated in northern Blair County.
His leadership has earned recognition from groups such as the Central Pa. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pa. Rural Electric Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP. Senator Jubelirer has received the Pa. Bar Association’s President’s Award, the Pa. Economic Development Association’s President’s Award, the Common Cause Champion of Good Government Award, the Pa. Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Legislator of the Year Award in 2000, the Dickinson School of Law’s Career Achievement Award, and the Pennsylvania State University’s 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Senator Jubelirer served 19 years as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the third highest constitutional office in the state. From 1980 to 2006, he held a top leadership position, twice serving as Republican Floor Leader. Elected to the Senate in 1974, he was the only freshman Republican to win that year.
Senator Jubelirer also served as Lieutenant Governor from October 2001 until January 2003.