Member Biography

Edward P. Zemprelli 


05/11/1925 - 12/04/2017

Edward P. Zemprelli (D45) Allegheny (Part) County 1969-1972 (D45) Allegheny (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1973-1982 (D45) Allegheny (Part), Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1983-1988

Early Life:

Edward P. Zemprelli, born May 11, 1925, Clairton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Maria Mercurio Pelegrini Tomaselli Zemprelli; public school education; Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts; Commerce and Finance, 1945; University of Pittsburgh, Juris Doctor, 1949; admitted Pennsylvania bar, 1950; private law practice; elected, Solicitor, City of Clairton, 1952-1960; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1963-1968; married, Margaret “Marge” Antoinette Antonietta Zemprelli; daughter, Carla Zemprelli Corum; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1969-1988; Senate Majority Leader, 1979-1980; Senate Democratic Floor Leader, 1981-1988; died, December 4, 2017 (age 92), Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida; internment, Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Established, private law practice, located in his home, Clairton, Pennsylvania.

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

Gubernational appointee, Penn State Board of Trustees, 1978-1996; Trustee Emeritus, Penn State Board of Trustees, 1997; trustee, University of Pittsburgh; distinguished alumnus, University of Pittsburgh, 1988. Trust officer, Lincoln Bank and Trust Company.

Member, Clairton Public Library Board of Trustees; 4th Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus; member, Sons of Columbus; member, Italian Sons and Daughters of America; member, Clairton Sportsmen’s Club.


Conference of State Legislators’ Distinguished Legislative Leader Award, 1988.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Solicitor, City of Clairton, 1952-1960.

Chair, Clairton Democratic Committee.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1963-1968.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1969-1972, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 1973-1982, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part), Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 1983-1988, Senate Majority Leader, 1979-1980; Senate Democratic Floor Leader, 1981-1988; committee assignments, Rules and Executive Nominations (minority chair), Urban Housing and Development.

Appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1971-1980 (chair, 1979-1980); appointed, Joint State Government Commission, 1979-1988; appointed, Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority, 1981-1988; appointed, State Public School Building Authority, 1981-1988; appointed Pennsylvania MILRITE (Make Industry and Labor Right in Today’s Economy) Council, 1981-1982.

Pennsylvania House Archives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Active, Penn State community, from his college years as a first-down chain worker at football games up to his confirmation as Trustee Emeritus, 1997.


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "Z" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Doukas, Ozzie (Editor). (1987). The Pennsylvania Manual,(vol. 108). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 90, 99-100.

The Pennsylvania State University. “2004 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony Excerpt.” Accessed November 28, 2022. Penn State Alumni Association - Website Search (

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory. “Edward P. Zemprelli, Esq.” Accessed November 28, 2022.

The Pennsylvania State University. “Trustee emeritus Edward Zemprelli dies.” Last modified January 23, 2018. 

Trustee emeritus Edward Zemprelli dies | Penn State University (

Edward P. Zemprelli (1925-2017) - Find a Grave Memorial