Member Biography

James Anderson Geltz 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1939-1940       40 Republican
1941-1942     Majority Floor Leader 40 Republican
1943-1944       40 Republican
1945-1946       40 Republican
1947-1948       40 Republican
1949-1950       40 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


06/30/1900 - 09/21/1963

James Anderson Geltz (R40) Allegheny (Part) County 1939-1950

Early Life:

James Anderson Geltz, born June 30, 1900, son of John George and Manora “Nora” Simendinger Geltz; Pennsylvania State College (now Pennsylvania State University); University of Pittsburgh Law School; admitted bar, 1924; married, Helen Wallace Geltz, 1924, daughter, Margaret Joan Geltz Cope; attorney; United States attorney, 1925-1927; assistant district attorney 1929-1939; unsuccessful candidate, Congress, 1936; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1939-1951; majority floor leader, 1941-1942; defeated, Republican primary, 1950; died, September 21, 1963 (aged 63), Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful candidate, Congress, Pennsylvania's 30th congressional district, defeated by, Peter J. De Muth, 1936.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 40th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1939-1950; majority floor leader, 1941-1942 session; Chairman, Senate Finance Committee, 1949; defeated by Robert D. Fleming, Republican primary, 1950.


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

James Anderson Geltz (1900-1963) - Find a Grave Memorial