Member Biography

Gibson E. Armstrong 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1985       13 Republican
1986       13 Republican
1987       13 Republican
1988       13 Republican
1989       13 Republican
1990       13 Republican
1991       13 Republican
1992       13 Republican
1993       13 Republican
1994       13 Republican
1995       13 Republican
1996       13 Republican
1997       13 Republican
1998       13 Republican
1999       13 Republican
2000       13 Republican
2001       13 Republican
2002       13 Republican
2003       13 Republican
2004       13 Republican
2005       13 Republican
2006       13 Republican
2007       13 Republican
2008       13 Republican

COUNTIES: York, Lancaster  


08/28/1943 -

Captain Gibson E. Armstrong (R13) Lancaster (Part) County 1985-1992 (R13) Lancaster (Part) and York (Part) Counties 1993-2008

Early Life:

Captain Gibson E. Armstrong, born August 28, 1943, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania; son of S. Gibson and Helen Burns Armstrong; Huntingdon Area High School, 1961; Westminster College economics, (B.B.A.), 1965; captain, intelligence officer, Naval Nuclear Weapons Courier, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam commendation ribbons, 1966-1969; stockbroker, commodity broker; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1977-1984, not a candidate for reelection, 1984; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1985-2008; elected, chairman, Majority Appropriations Committee, 2007-2008; not a candidate for reelection, left office, November 30, 2008; married, Martha Wilson Armstrong, children, Gibson C., Erik, Kris, Erin.

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

Board member, Willow Street Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Water Street Rescue Mission, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster Economic Development Council.


Outstanding Young Men of America- 1979, Outstanding Service Award, Friendship Force International- 1983, Legislator of the Year- 1986-1987.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 100th district, 1977-1984.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 13th district, Lancaster (Part) County, 1985-1992; Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 13th district, Lancaster (Part) and York (Part) Counties, 1993-2008; elected, chair, Majority Appropriations Committee, 2007-2008; appointed, board, Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System, 1989-2008; appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), 1991-1992; appointed, State Board of Tobacco Settlement; member, Capitol Preservation Committee, State Job Training Coordinating Council, Human Resource Investment Council, Council of State Governments, Eastern Regulatory Conference, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, State Employees’ Retirement System;  committee assignments Banking and Insurance, Finance, Labor and Industry, Rules and Executive Nominations, and Urban Affairs and Housing; left office November 30, 2008.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Son, Gibson C. Armstrong, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 100th district, 2002-2006.

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (2007-2008). Trostle, S. (Editor). (Volume 118). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 3-33, 3-39. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-14.