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Pennsylvania State Senate

Eugene E Porterfield


Session Office Position District Party
1989 39 Democrat
1990 39 Democrat
1991 39 Democrat
1992 39 Democrat
1993 39 Democrat
1994 39 Democrat
1995 39 Democrat
1996 39 Democrat
 Counties   Indiana, Westmoreland


1946 -

"Gene" Porterfield was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (Fayette County) on November 3, 1946. One of two children, Porterfield attended various public school systems in southwestern PA, and graduated Connellsville High School in 1964. He married Cindy Payne of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1988 and he ran for the Pennsylvania State Senate's 39th District as a Democrat. Re-elected in 1992; lost to Allen Kukovich in 1996. In 1999, Porterfield was pressed by his former staff members to take down Kukovich to reclaim his former seat. In an unexpected move, however, he not only announced his intentions on running, but he switched his party affiliation to Republican. That November, Kukovich steamrolled Porterfield by nearly 14,000 votes (15%).