Member Biography

Paul L. Wagner 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1945-1946       29 Republican
1947-1948       29 Republican
1949-1950       29 Republican
1951-1952       29 Republican
1953-1954       29 Republican
1955-1956       29 Republican
1957-1958       29 Republican
1959       29 Republican
1960       29 Republican
1961       29 Republican
1962       29 Republican
1963       29 Republican
1964       29 Republican

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


09/19/1987 - 09/10/1991

Paul L. Wagner (R29) Schuylkill County 1945-1964

Early Life: 

Paul L. Wagner, born September 19, 1897, Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel P. and Emma Elizabeth Fox Wagner; Tamaqua High School, 1915; Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, New York; district sales manager, Bastian Brothers, Rochester, New York, Jostens Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota; city editor, Tamaqua Courier; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1939-1940; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1943-1944; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1945-1964; president, First National Bank of Tamaqua; Director Emeritus, Miner’s National Bank; married, Marguerite Orr, sons, Reverend S. Bruce Wagner, Durbin LeRoy Wagner,Paul Ott Wagner; ten grandchildren; died, September 10, 1991 (aged 93), Coaldale, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Class ring salesman, Bastian Brothers, New York, Jostens, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retired from politics, president, bank director emeritus, First National Bank, Tamaqua. Responsible for negotiating a merger with the Miners National Bank of Pottsville, predecessor, Santander Bank. sports reporter, Evening Courier, Tamaqua.

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

Member, elder, first Presbyterian Church, Tamaqua, Superintendent, Sunday school, 25 years; teacher, Sunday school classes.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1939-1940; appointed, Committee to Investigate Manner of Conducting Civil Service Examinations, 1939-1940; unsuccessful campaign, reelection, House, 1940; Speaker’s appointee, Committee to Investigate Unemployment Compensation Civil Service, 1941-1942. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1943-1944; not a candidate for reelection, 1944. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 29th district, Schuylkill County, 1945-1964; appointed, Commission to Study School System, 1945-1946; appointed, Joint Legislative Sub-Committee on Municipal Authorities, 1945-1946; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee on Retirement Systems and Laws, 1947-1948; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee on Education, 1947-1948; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee on Post-High School Education, 1947-1948; appointed, Joint Legislative Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Child Welfare, 1947-1948; appointed, Post-High School Commission, 1947-1948; appointed, Joint State Government Commission, 1949-1956; appointed, Advisory Council on Library Development, 1961-1964; appointed, first ever chairman, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), 1963-1964; committee assignments, Education, (Chairman), Appropriations, Banking, Insurance, Law and Order, Military Affairs and Aeronautics, Mines and Mineral Industries, Public Health and Welfare, State Government. 

Run for re-election, November 4, 1964, against Albert I. Nagle. The returns of the votes from the polls indicated that Nagle led by less than 600 votes.  Attention then focused on 2,800 absentee ballots. When the Board of Elections met to count these, both candidates immediately entered challenges to a substantial number of the ballots before the envelopes containing those ballots were opened. After a hearing the Board filed its decision overruling the challenges in some instances and sustaining them in others. Both candidates then appealed to the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County questioning the legality of the Board's decision. Subsequently, the court ruled to sustain the decision of the Board in part and reversing it in part. Wagner then filed an appeal. By the time the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to affirm, the next election cycle had taken place, November 1966, neither Wagner nor Nagle were able to claim the seat. Pennsylvania Senate Seat vacant, 1965-1966. 


His father died days after his initial election to the Pennsylvania State Senate.

First, Chairman, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, 1963–1964, helped to consolidate the commonwealth's school districts. 

Last member, Tamaqua High School Class, 1915; guest speaker, Tamaqua High School 100th commencement exercise, 1990.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography: 

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


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

Cox, Harold. Senate1790-1869 ( Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual (1963-1964). Stine, C., (Editor). Crouse, J., (Editor). (Volume 96). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 89, 95. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 87.

Westlaw, Pennsylvania Reporter, Absentee Ballots Case, 423 Pa. 504 (1966)

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), September 12, 1991, Thursday, page 66 Obituary 

PAUL WAGNER, 93, EX-STATE SENATOR – The Morning Call (

Paul L Wagner (1897-1991) - Find a Grave Memorial