Member Biography

Peter J. Camiel 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1953-1954       3 Democrat
1955-1956       3 Democrat
1957-1958       3 Democrat
1959       3 Democrat
1960       3 Democrat
1961       3 Democrat
1962       3 Democrat
1963       3 Democrat
1964       3 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


01/30/1910 - 01/31/1991

Peter J. Camiel (D3) Philadelphia (Part) County 1953-1964            

Early Life:

Peter J. Camiel, born January 30, 1910, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Joseph John and Anna Nagurny Chmiel; millionaire wholesale beer distributor; Philadelphia ward leader, 1936-1976; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1953-1964; chairman, Philadelphia Democratic Party, 1969-1976; member, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 1975–1991; married, Nina Gumen Camiel, children, Peter J. Jr., Valentine Richard, Nina Owens; died, January 31, 1991 (aged 81) lung cancer, Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania; interment, Wetherill's Cemetery, Audubon, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Philadelphia ward leader, 1936-1976.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1953-1964; defeated, Republican, John Meade. 

Chairman, Philadelphia Democratic Party, 1969-1976. 

Nominated, Governor Milton Shapp, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission 1975–1991.


Pennsylvania Turnpike Westbound Service Plaza, mile marker 304.8 named after him


Cox, Harold "Senate Members "C"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

 "Peter J. Camiel, 81, Philadelphia Chief of '70's Democrats"

New York Times (New York, New York) National Edition, Saturday, February 2, 1991, Section 1, Page 11. 

Peter J. Camiel (1910-1991) - Find a Grave Memorial