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Bob Mellow


In office
January 5, 1993 – November 30, 1994
Preceded by Robert Jubelirer
Succeeded by Robert Jubelirer

Democratic Leader
of the Pennsylvania Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1995
Preceded by J. William Lincoln
In office
January 4, 1989 – November 30, 1992
Preceded by Edward P. Zemprelli
Succeeded by J. William Lincoln

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 22nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1971
Preceded by Arthur A. Piasecki

Born December 10, 1943 (1943-12-10) (age 66)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Blakely, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Bethel College
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert J. "Bob" Mellow is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 22nd District since 1971. He is currently the Minority Floor Leader.

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Personal

Mellow was born on December 10, 1943 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to James and Alice (Generotti) Mellow. He is of mixed Irish and Italian ancestry. He has lived in Lackawanna County his entire life. Mellow served in the National Guard from 1962 to 1968 and, after attending Lackawanna Junior College and University of Scranton. He earned his BS in accounting from Bethel College.

Political career

He was elected to the State Senate in 1970 and has been the Democratic caucus' leader since 1989. Mellow represents the 22nd district, including all of Lackawanna County and neighboring portions of Monroe County and Luzerne County. When the Democrats held the majority in the Senate from 1992 to 1994, Mellow served as Senate President Pro Tempore.

Mellow is a supporter of efforts to establish a medical school in Scranton. He successfully appropriated $35 million of the estimated $100 million cost in the state capital budget.[1]

As president pro tempore, Mellow was the first lawmaker to authorize the use of television cameras on the state Senate floor to broadcast live Senate sessions.[2]

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2005 Pay Raise

Mellow was one of the leaders of the ill-fated legislative pay raise in 2005.[3] He told constituent Bill McIntyre to "Get a life" in an email exchange about the pay raise bill.[4] This phrase became a rallying cry for reformers that year.[5]

Candidate for Governor

Mellow announced that he is considering a run for the Governor's office in 2010, when current Governor Ed Rendell must step down.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Jubelirer
President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Robert Jubelirer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edward P. Zemprelli
Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
1989–1992
Succeeded by
J. William Lincoln
Preceded by
J. William Lincoln
Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
1995–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Arthur A. Piasecki
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 22nd District
1971–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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