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Dominic Pileggi

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 9th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
October 16, 2002
Preceded by Clarence Bell

Republican Leader
of the Pennsylvania Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2, 2007
Preceded by David Brightbill

Born December 15, 1957 (1957-12-15) (age 52)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana
Residence Chester, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Saint Joseph's University Villanova University
Occupation Politician, Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi

Dominic Pileggi is an American politician from Pennsylvania who serves as Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Pileggi represents the 9th district, which includes portions of Chester County, Pennsylvania and Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Pileggi earned a B.A. in economics from Saint Joseph's University in 1979 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1982.

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Political Career

Prior to his election, Pileggi served as mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania from 1999-2002. He was first elected to the Senate in a special election on October 1, 2002 to fill the seat of Sen. Clarence Bell, who died on July 26, 2002. He was sworn in on October 16, 2002. Pileggi defeated Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, earning 60.0% of the vote. [1] In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named him to "The Best of the Freshman Class" list.[2] In 2004, Pileggi won a full term to his seat over Thomas Bosak with 59.4% of the vote. [3] In 2008, Pileggi was re-elected to a second four-year term over John Linder with 58.1% of the vote. [4]

Leadership of Senate Republicans

After the shakeup in leadership caused in part by the 2005 legislative pay raise, Pileggi was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Republicans' floor leader in November 2006.

One of his first acts as floor leader was to introduce a set of new rules for the Senate which increased the public's ability to review Senate actions. The new rules, embodied in Senate Resolution 5 [5], require amendments to be posted online before a vote is taken, require all roll call votes from the Senate floor to be posted online within 24 hours, require committee votes to be posted online within 48 hours, require the Senate to wait at least six hours before voting on an amended bill, require the Senate's Legislative Journal to be posted online within 45 days, and limit session times to between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. [6] Pileggi said the new rules "will enable people to more easily track our actions and to determine how their Senator is representing them." [7]

In the 2007-08 legislative session, Pileggi was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1, which rewrote Pennsylvania's Open Records Law for the first time in more than 50 years. SB 1 was signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell on February 14, 2008, and is now known as Act 3 of 2008. [8] Senate Bill 1 flipped the presumption of government records in Pennsylvania, so that all records are presumed to be available for public inspection and a government agency which wants to prevent access must prove that they are legally permitted to do so. In the past, records were presumed to be closed, and citizens had to prove that they were legally permitted to access them. The new law also created an Office of Open Records, allowing disputes to be resolved without going to court. After the bill was passed, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association President Tim Williams said, "PNA specifically recognizes the leadership of Sen. Pileggi on Senate Bill 1 and praises his commitment to fairness and government accountability." [9]

Pileggi was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1100, which transferred approximately $17 million to Pennsylvania's Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) Fund out of legislative accounts, ensuring that the HSCA Fund could meet its obligations in the 2007-08 fiscal year. The bill also earmarked funding through 2010-11. After being signed by Gov. Ed Rendell on December 18, 2007, SB 1100 is now known as Act 77 of 2007. [10]

Pileggi is the chairman of the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the former Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, and a former member of the State Planning Board, which develops recommendations for state policies and actions regarding conservation and land use issues.

References

  1. ^ Election Results, Pennsylvania Department of State, 10/2002
  2. ^ "The Best of the Freshman Class". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-01-19. http://web.archive.org/web/20030119090934/http://www.politicspa.com/features/freshmen.htm.  
  3. ^ Election Results, Pennsylvania Department of State, 11/2004
  4. ^ Election Results, Pennsylvania Department of State, 11/2008
  5. ^ Official Pennsylvania Bill Information Page, 1/2007
  6. ^ Senator Pileggi Press Release, 1/2007
  7. ^ Senator Pileggi Floor Comments, 1/2007
  8. ^ Official Pennsylvania Bill Information Page, 05/2008
  9. ^ PNA's PassOpenRecords.org Blog, 02/2008
  10. ^ Official Pennsylvania Bill Information Page, 09/2008

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Party political offices
Preceded by
David Brightbill
Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Clarence Bell
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 9th District
2002–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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