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Jeffrey Piccola
Jeffrey E. Piccola
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Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 15th district

November 21, 1995[1] - November 30, 2012
John Shumaker
Rob Teplitz
Republican Whip
of the Pennsylvania Senate

January 2, 2001 - November 30, 2006
David Brightbill
Jane Orie
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 104th district

January 4, 1977[2] - November 7, 1995[3]
Joseph Hepford
Jeff Haste
Personal details
Born (1948-05-16) May 16, 1948 (age 71)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Denise Piccola
ResidenceSusquehanna Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materGettysburg College
George Washington University Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1973-74

Jeffrey E. Piccola (born May 16, 1948) is an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 15th District from 1995 to 2012 including as Republican Whip from 2001 to 2006. He also served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 104th District from 1977 to 1995.

Early life and education

Piccola was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Anthony J. and Betty Jane Piccola. He graduated from the Susquehanna Township High School in 1966. He received a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in 1970 and a J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School in 1973.[4] From 1973-74, he served in the United States Air Force. He has worked as an attorney at the Harrisburg law firm of Boswell, Tintner & Piccola since 1973.[5]

Career

Piccola served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 104th district from 1977 to 1995.[6] He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 15th district from 1995 to 2012.[4] He was made Majority Caucus Administrator of the State Senate in 1999. In 2001, he was elected Senate Majority Whip. He was considered a "[l]eader of the impatient hard right wing of the Pennsylvania Republican Senate."[7]

In 2002, the political website PoliticsPA named him to the list of "Smartest Legislators," saying that he was known for being "[a]rticulate and quick on his feet."[8]

In a 2002 PoliticsPA feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, he was named the "Most Likely to Succeed."[9]

In 2005, Piccola announced that he would run for Governor, seeking the Republican nomination against incumbent Democratic Governor Ed Rendell. Piccola dropped out of the race for governor in early 2006, after it became clear that former professional football player Lynn Swann had earned the support of most of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.[10]

Following the 2006 elections, Piccola gave up his position as Senate Whip, and instead made a bid to become president pro tempore of the State Senate, after the sitting president pro tempore, Bob Jubelirer, lost the Republican Primary in his home district.[11] State Senate Republicans ultimately chose Senator Joe Scarnati for the president pro tempore position instead of Piccola. Piccola was replaced as Republican Whip by Jane Orie.[12]

Piccola considered running for a spot on the State Supreme Court in 2007 but withdrew after he was unable to secure support for the state committee endorsement. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report noted that Piccola had been "left for dead" after the 2006 leadership election, but was able to return to a leadership role as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.[13]

In 2012, he received a public reprimand from the Disciplinary Board of the State Supreme Court due to his conduct as a private attorney. He was reprimanded for violations to the code of conduct for lawyers by representing a Utah-based "heir-hunting" firm while also representing three clients involved in estate settlements. The public reprimand was the result of an agreement that allowed Piccola to keep his lawyer license and the dismissal of more serious charges of fraud, dishonesty and champery.[14]

Piccola did not seek re-election in 2012, and was succeeded by Democrat Rob Teplitz.[14]

References

  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ "Session of 1977 - 16lst of the General Assembly - Vol. 1, No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1977-01-04.
  3. ^ Cox, Harold (November 3, 2004). "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - 1995-1996" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  4. ^ a b "Pennsylvania Senate - Jeffrey Piccola Biography". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Jeffrey E. Piccola". www.btpalaw.com. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - JEFFREY E. PICCOLA Biography". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2006.
  8. ^ "Smartest Legislators". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-01-15.
  9. ^ "Keystone State Yearbook Committee". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-08-03.
  10. ^ Neri, Al (February 2006). "Back to Reality". The Insider. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13.
  11. ^ Neri, Al (December 2006). "Insider Info". The Insider. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13.
  12. ^ Tom Barnes,"Sen. Orie wins leadership post", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 21, 2006.
  13. ^ "PA Report 100" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Miller, Matt. "Senator Jeffrey Piccola receives public reprimand from state disciplinary board". www.pennlive.com. Retrieved 2019.

External links

Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
John Shumaker
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 15th District
1995–2012
Succeeded by
Rob Teplitz
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Hepford
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 104th District
1977–1995
Succeeded by
Jeff Haste
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Brightbill
Republican Whip of the Pennsylvania Senate
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Jane Orie

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