Member Biography

Michael L. Waugh 


12/17/1955 - 10/08/2014

Michael L. “Mike” Waugh (R28) York (Part) County 1999-2014

Early Life:

Michael L. “Mike” Waugh, born December 17, 1955, York, York County, Pennsylvania; son of William E. and Lucille Measley Waugh; Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 1974; attended, Pennsylvania State University, York campus; attended, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy; general contractor and partner, Waugh Construction Company; design draftsperson; assistant fire chief, Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company, 1981-1993; elected, township supervisor, Shrewsbury Township, 1989-1992; vice president, York County Association of Townships of the Second Class; member, York County Young Republicans; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1993-1998, not a candidate for reelection, 1998; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1999-2013; elected, Senate Majority Caucus Chair, 2007-2014; resigned, January 13, 2014; appointed, executive director, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, 2014; married, Wanda King Waugh, son, Joseph Michael Waugh; died, October 8, 2014, cancer, Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania. Burial location unknown.

Early Career:

General contractor; Shrewsbury Township Supervisor, 1989-1992; Assistant Fire Chief, Shrewsberry Volunteer Fire Company. 

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

Member, York County Vo-Tech School Trades Advisory Committee, York County Transportation Coalition, York County Farm Bureau, Hopewell Fish and Game Commission, Free and Accepted Masons Shrewsbury Lodge #423, York County Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association, York County Firemen’s Association, York County Fire Police Association, Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Company, York County Builder’s Association, York County Remodeler’s Council, Pennsylvania Builder’s Association, National Association of Home Builders, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), York County Republican Men’s Club, Hanover Republican Club, York County Young Republicans, National Rifle Association, Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ; board member, Pennsylvania Farm Show Committee; Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board; York County Cooperative Extension Association, Glen Rock Senior Center; Preservation Pennsylvania; Young Men's Christian Association of York County.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1993-1998, not a candidate for reelection, 1998. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 28th district, York (Part) County, 1999-2014; elected, Senate Majority Caucus Chair, 2007-2014; appointed, Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, 1999-2004; appointed, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2001-2010; chair, 2005, vice-chair, 2006; appointed, Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation board; appointed, Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission; appointed, Joint State Government Commission, 2007-2014; committee assignments, Agricultural and Rural Affairs (Chairman), Community and Economic Development, Game and Fisheries,  Law and Justice, Local Government (Vice Chairman), Military and Veteran’s Affairs, Public Health and Welfare, Urban Affairs and Housing; resigned, January 13, 2014.

Appointed, Governor Tom Corbett, executive director, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, 2014.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (2013-2014). Phillips, S. (Editor). (Volume 121). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; pages 3-34, 3-41. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-24.

Governor Corbett Names Senator Mike Waugh as PA Farm Show Complex Director (