Member Biography

Robert C. Wonderling 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2003       24 Republican
2004       24 Republican
2005       24 Republican
2006       24 Republican
2007       24 Republican
2008       24 Republican
2009       24 Republican


12/22/1961 -

Robert C. Wonderling (R24) Montgomery (Part) County 2003-2004 (R24) Bucks (Part), Lehigh (Part), Montgomery (Part), Northampton (Part) Counties 2005-2009

Early Life:

Robert C. Wonderling, born December 22, 1961, Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; son of Robert M. and Doris M. Wonderling; Palmyra Area High School, 1980; Allegheny College, (B.A.), political science, 1984; University of Pennsylvania, (M.A.), government, 1991; Harvard University, executive course for state government, 1997; chief operating officer, Team Pennsylvania; president, PENJERDEL Council, Air Products and Chemicals; deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; vice-president, Bentley Systems; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2003-resigned July 28, 2009; president, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, 2009; married, Kristin; three children.

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

Board of Directors, Philadelphia Leadership Foundation; board of trustees, Ursinus College 2014, named chairman, the board of trustees 2017; adult leader, Cornerstone Church of Skippack; Trustee of Cheyney University; baseball and basketball coach, Harleysville, Pennsylvania; member, Boulder Valley Gun Club, National Rifle Association of America (NRA).


Philadelphia Business Journal “40 Under 40,” Outstanding Leadership.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Montgomery (Part) County, 2003-2004; Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 24th district, Bucks (Part), Lehigh (Part), Montgomery (Part), and Northampton (Part) Counties, 2005-resigned July 28, 2009; committee assignments, Aging and Youth, Communications and Technology (Chairman) Game and Fisheries (Vice Chairman), Public Health and Welfare, Rules and Executive Nominations.


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2007). Trostle, S. (Editor). (Volume 118). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 3-34, 3-41. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-26.