Member Biography

R. (Robert) Budd Dwyer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1971       50 Republican
1972       50 Republican
1973       50 Republican
1974       50 Republican
1975       50 Republican
1976       50 Republican
1977       50 Republican
1978       50 Republican
1979       50 Republican
1980       50 Republican
1981       50 Republican

COUNTIES: Mercer, Crawford, Erie  


11/21/1939 - 01/22/1987

R. (Robert) Budd Dwyer (R50) Crawford, Erie (Part), Mercer, Counties, 1971-1972 (R50) Crawford (Part), Erie (Part), Mercer, Counties, 1973-1981

Early Life:

R. (Robert) Budd Dwyer, born November 21, 1939, Saint Charles, Saint Charles County, Missouri; son of Robert M. and Alice M. Dwyer; Townville High School; attended Theil College; Allegheny College, A.B.,  economics, 1961; Allegheny College, M.A., education and political science, 1963; teacher, assistant football coach, Cambridge Springs High School; deputy game protector, Pennsylvania State Game Commission, 1961-1964; director, Crawford County Young Republicans; Crawford County Community Ambassador to Poland, 1963; elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1965-1970; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1971-1981; Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1983-1987; married, Joanne M. Grappy Dwyer, children, Rob, Deedee; died, January 22, 1987 (age 47 years, 62 days), committed suicide, gunshot, model 19 .357 magnum, while on television, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Blooming Valley Cemetery, Blooming Valley, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1965-1970.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th district, Crawford, Erie (Part), Mercer, Counties, 1971-1972; 50th district, Crawford (Part), Erie (Part), Mercer, Counties, 1973-1981; appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Interstate Cooperation (1977-1978); resigned, January 20, 1981.

Elected, Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1981-1987; gubernatorial appointee, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 1981-1986; gubernatorial appointee, board, Public School Employees’ Retirement System, 1981-1986; gubernatorial appointee, Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board, 1981-1986; gubernatorial appointee, board, State Employees’ Retirement System, 1981-1986; gubernatorial appointee, Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority, 1981-1986; gubernatorial appointee, State Public School Building Authority, 1981-1986.


Convicted, eleven counts of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, one mail-fraud charge, dismissed, December 18, 1986, never sentenced.


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

Robert Budd Dwyer (1939-1987) - Find a Grave Memorial