Member Biography

John M. Walker Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       44 Republican
1941-1942       44 Republican
1943-1944       44 Republican
1945-1946       44 Republican
1947-1948       44 Republican
1949-1950     Majority Floor Leader 44 Republican
1951-1952       44 Republican
1953-1954       44 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


01/15/1900 - 12/09/1976

Judge John M. Walker, Sr. (R44) Allegheny (Part) County 1939-1954

Early Life:

Judge John M. Walker, Sr., born January 15, 1900, Leechburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of William Lester and Ora Parks Walker; Culver Military Academy; infantry, World War I; married, Marie Gordon, 1920, John M. Walker, Jr., James Walker; Pittsburgh School of Business Administration; University of Pittsburgh Law School, LL.B., 1925; attorney, law practice, Leechburg; gubernatorial appointee, Special Deputy Attorney General, 1931; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1954, majority leader, Senate, 1949; elected, minority Allegheny County Commissioner, 1951; unsuccessful candidate, Lieutenant Governor, 1958; appointed, Judge, Courts of Allegheny County, 1964-1968; died, December 9, 1976, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Special Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, 1931.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1939-1954; majority leader, Senate, 1949.

Elected, minority Allegheny County Commissioner, 1951. 

Unsuccessful candidate, Lieutenant Governor, 1958.

Appointed, Judge, Courts of Allegheny County, 1964-1968. 


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

Guide to the John M. Walker Papers, 1926-1976 AIS.1976.16 | Digital Pitt

John M. Walker (1900-1976) - Find a Grave Memorial