Member Biography

Charles Francis Dougherty 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1973       5 Republican
1974       5 Republican
1975       5 Republican
1976       5 Republican
1977       5 Republican
1978       5 Republican
1979       5 Republican
1980       5 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


06/27/1937 -

Charles Francis Dougherty (R5) Philadelphia (Part) County 1973-1980

Early Life:

Charles Francis Dougherty, born June 26, 1937, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Saint Helena’s School, 1951; Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, 1955; United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1957-1959; active duty, United States Marine Corps, 1959-1962, United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1962-1977; Saint Joseph’s College, B.S., 1959; University of Pennsylvania, 1962-1964; high school teacher, 1962-1965; special agent, Office of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy, 1965-1966; graduate work, Temple University, 1967; assistant dean, Community College of Philadelphia, 1966-1970; high school principal, 1970-1972; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1972-1978; elected, Republican, Ninety-sixth and Ninety-seventh United States Congresses, 1979-1983; unsuccessful candidate for reelection, Ninety-eighth Congress; unsuccessful candidate, 1992, 1998, 2000; is a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1972-1979.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, Ninety-sixth and Ninety-seventh United States Congresses, 1979-1983; defeated, reelection, Pennsylvania State Representative Robert Borski, 1982 after his district was renumbered as the 3rd District; ran against Borski again 1992, 1998 and 2000, and was defeated each time.


To date, is the last Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based district in Congress. He would be the last Republican to represent any portion of Philadelphia in the House until the 2000 Census resulted in the Bucks County-based 8th District absorbing a small portion of Philadelphia.


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

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Congressional Biography

After 8 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Charles Francis Dougherty  went on to serve in congress