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Michael A O'Pake


 

Sessions

Session Position District Party
1973 11 Democrat
1974 11 Democrat
1975 11 Democrat
1976 11 Democrat
1977 11 Democrat
1978 11 Democrat
1979 11 Democrat
1980 11 Democrat
1981 11 Democrat
1982 11 Democrat
1983 11 Democrat
1984 11 Democrat
1985 11 Democrat
1986 11 Democrat
1987 11 Democrat
1988 11 Democrat
1989 11 Democrat
1990 11 Democrat
1991 11 Democrat
1992 11 Democrat
1993 11 Democrat
1994 11 Democrat
1995 11 Democrat
1996 11 Democrat
1997 11 Democrat
1998 11 Democrat
1999 11 Democrat
2000 11 Democrat
2001 11 Democrat
2002 11 Democrat
2003 11 Democrat
2004 11 Democrat
2005 11 Democrat
2006 11 Democrat
2007 11 Democrat
2008 11 Democrat
2009 11 Democrat
2010 11 Democrat
2011 11 Democrat
2012 11 Democrat
 Counties   Berks, Montgomery

Biography

1940 - 2011

Early Life:

Michael A. O’Pake (D), born 1940, in Reading, son of the late Michael E. and Anna M. O’Pake; Reading Central Catholic High School, valedictorian, 1957; St. Joseph’s University (A.B.), summa cum laude, 1961; University of Pa. Law School (J.D.), 1964; Albright College, honorary Doctorate of Law; Kutztown University, honorary Doctorate of Public Service.

Early Career:

Member, Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Joint State Government Committee, Capitol Preservation Committee, University of Pa. School of Veterinary Medicine Board of Overseers, Hawk Mountain Council Executive Board, Penn State Berks Advisory Board, Reading Central Catholic Advisory Board; board of directors, Dayspring Homes; board of trustees, Alvernia College.

Awards:

Pa. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Leadership Award- 2007, Dept. of Agriculture Investing in Our Future- 2006-07, Alzheimer’s Association Legislature Advocacy- 2005, Ben Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on Behalf of Higher Education- 2005, Berks County Public Library Elected Official of the Year- 2004, YMCA of Reading & Berks County Champion of Youth- 2004, Kutztown University Legislative Fellow- 2000, Alvernia College Franciscan- 1999, Papal Messenger of Truth & Hope- 1998, St. Joseph’s University Law Alumni Distinguished Law Alumnus- 1998, Governor’s Highway Safety- 1996, Domestic Abuse Council of Barks County Recognition Award- 1994, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award– 1994, Olivet Champion of Youth– 1993.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Pa. House of Representatives, 1968-72; elected to Pa. Senate 1972; Minority Caucus Secretary, 1989-92, 1994; Majority Caucus Chair, 1992-94; Minority Caucus Chair, 1995-2000; Minority Whip, 2000-2010; Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, 2001-2010; served until his death on November 22, 2010.

Pa. House of Representatives Biography

 

Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-20; Volume 119, December, 2009.