Member Biography

Walter Stanley Pytko 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1935-1936       8 Democrat
1937-1938       8 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


01/16/1901 - 06/17/1992

Walter Stanley Pytko (D8) Philadelphia (Part) County 1935-1938

Early Life:

Walter Stanley Pytko, born January 16, 1901, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, son of Francis M. and Anna Borsuta Pytko Roman Catholic High School; Temple University; Temple Law School; married, Helen Stachowiak Pytko, 1926, daughter, also named Helen; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1935-1938; appointed, Employment Board of the Department of Public Assistance, governor recall; unsuccessful campaign, sheriff of Philadelphia; appointed, Board of Mercantile Appraisers, 1939-1943; delegate, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1940; administrative assistant, state treasurer, 1945; unsuccessful campaign, Receiver of Taxes, 1947; gubernatorial appointment, Philadelphia Board of Registration Commissioners, 1949; mayoral appointment, Department of Licenses and Inspections, 1951 resigned, 1956; executive director, Philadelphia Parking Authority, 1956-1962; elected, Philadelphia City Council, 1962-1968; retired; died, June 17, 1992, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, defeated incumbent, Republican John J. McKinley, first Polish American elected; unsuccessful reelection campaign, Republican, Louis H. Farrell, 1935-1938.

Appointed, Employment Board of the Department of Public Assistance, Democratic Governor George Howard Earle III. Earle's successor, Republican Arthur James, recalled the last-minute appointments, Pennsylvania State Senate agreed to nullify them.  

Unsuccessful campaign, sheriff of Philadelphia; withdrew in favor of former United States Attorney Gerald A. Gleeson, who lost to Republican David E. Watson.

Appointed, State auditor general Warren R. Roberts, Board of Mercantile Appraisers, 1939-1943.

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1940.

Administrative assistant, state treasurer Ramsey S. Black, 1945.

Unsuccessful campaign, Receiver of Taxes, 1947.

Appointed, Republican Governor James H. Duff, Philadelphia Board of Registration Commissioners, vacancy, death, Democrat, Michael R. Kerwick, 1949.

Appointed, Philadelphia mayor Joseph S. Clark Jr., Department of Licenses and Inspections, 1951 resigned, 1956.

Executive director, Philadelphia Parking Authority, 1956-1962.

Elected, Philadelphia City Council, 1962-1968.


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

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) • Wednesday, November 7, 1934, • Page 11.

Walter Pytko (1901-1992) - Find a Grave Memorial