Member Biography

Jacob Doyle Corman Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1977       34 Republican
1978       34 Republican
1979       34 Republican
1980       34 Republican
1981       34 Republican
1982       34 Republican
1983       34 Republican
1984       34 Republican
1985       34 Republican
1986       34 Republican
1987       34 Republican
1988       34 Republican
1989       34 Republican
1990       34 Republican
1991       34 Republican
1992       34 Republican
1993       34 Republican
1994       34 Republican
1995       34 Republican
1996       34 Republican
1997       34 Republican
1998       34 Republican


09/17/1932 - 12/08/2019

Jacob Doyle Corman, Jr. (R34) Cambria (Part), Cameron, Centre, Clearfield and Mifflin (Part) Counties, 1977-1982 (R34) Cameron, Centre, Clearfield (Part), Clinton, Juniata (Part), Mifflin Counties 1983-1992 (R34) Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry (Part) Counties 1993-1998

Early Life:

Jacob Doyle Corman, Jr., known as J. Doyle Corman, Jr., born September 17, 1932, Pleasant Gap, Centre County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob D. Corman, Sr. and Mary Ellen McClincy Corman; Bellefonte Area High School, 1950; radio operator, Specialist 3rd Class, United States Army, 1954- honorably discharged, 1956; married, Rebecca Kay Davis Corman, 1957, children, Katherine Elizabeth Erlichman, Melissa Ann Sieg, Jacob Doyle Corman, III, Kevin Thomas Corman, Sharon Rebecca Settle; Indiana State Teachers College, bachelor’s degree, 1957; Lock Haven University; Honorary Doctorate Degree; owner, Corman Associates Insurance and Real Estate; president, Central Pennsylvania Independent Insurance Agents Association; president, Centre County Board of Realtors; Centre County Commissioner, 1968-1977; chairman, SEDA-COG, 1973-1974, president, SEDA-COG, 1975-1977; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1977-1998; manager, Government Affairs, RJ Corman Railroad Company, LLC.; died, December 8, 2019 (aged 87), interment, Centre County Memorial Park, State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Youth Service Bureau, Faith Centre, Bellefonte Library and Historical Association, Mid-State Bank Advisory Board, Bellefonte Jaycees, Bellefonte Kiwanis; Secretary, Vice President, President, Centre County Industrial Development Committee; Centre County Chairman, March of Dimes.

Member, Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church; 50-year member, Masonic Blue Lodge, Centre Hall; 50-year member, Nittany County Club; 50-year member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1094, United Way, Cameron County Historical Society, Pleasant Gap Fire Company No. 1; American Legion Post 867, president, Jaffa Shrine.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Centre County Commissioner, 1968-1977.

Chairman, SEDA-COG (Susquehanna Economic Development Association- Council of Governments), 1973-1974, president, SEDA-COG, 1975-1977.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 34th district, Cambria (Part), Cameron, Centre, Clearfield and Mifflin (Part) Counties, 1977-1982, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield (Part), Clinton, Juniata (Part), Mifflin Counties, 1983-1992, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry (Part) Counties 1993-1998; committee assignments, Local Government (Chairman) Transportation (Chairman). Joseph Ammerman resigned, January 4, 1977, June 7, 1977; left office, November 30, 1998.


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) swimming official.

Son, Jacob Doyle “Jake” Corman, III, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry (Part) Counties 1999-2004 34th district, Centre (Part), Juniata, Mifflin (Part), Perry and Union (Part) Counties 2005-2014 34th district, Centre, Huntingdon (Part), Juniata and Mifflin Counties 2015-2022.

Corman father and son, represented 34th district, 1977- district, eliminated, redistricting process, 2022. 

Jacob Doyle "Jake" Corman III - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1977-1978" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, Ackley, G. (Editor). (1980-1981). (Volume 105). Department of General Services. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 67. 

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1995). McQuown L.S., (Editor). (Volume 112). Department of General Services. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 3-43. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 3-14.

PA's Best and Worst ( "PA's Best and Worst County Chairs"PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001.

Jacob Doyle Corman Jr. (1932-2019) - Find a Grave Memorial