Member Biography

Justin D. Jirolanio 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1963       18 Democrat
1964       18 Democrat
1965       18 Democrat
1966       18 Democrat
1967       18 Democrat
1968       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


05/11/1904 - 10/25/1984

Justin D Jirolanio (D18) Northampton County 1964-1967

Early Life:

Justin D Jirolanio, born May 11, 1904, New York City, New York County, New York; son of Joseph and Philomena Dallesandro Di Jirolanio; Bethlehem High School; Perkiomen Preparatory School, 1923; Franklin and Marshall College, B.S., 1929; Temple Law School; apprentice machinist, Bethlehem Steel Company; machinist, Bethlehem Foundry and Machine Company; silk weaver; attorney, 1934-1979; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, (sworn-In on December 1, 1936) 1937-1940; Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County, 1940-1944; unsuccessful campaign, District Attorney, Northampton County, 1943, 1951, 1955; chairman, Bethlehem Democratic City Committee, 1963-1972; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 1964-1967; elected, delegate, Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Convention, 1967-1968; chairman, Northampton County Democratic Party, 1972-1980; Dorothy E. Fawber Jirolanio, daughter, Mary Louise Jirolanio Wright; died, October 25, 1984, Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; interment, Memorial Park Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Attorney, eligible to practice before the Northampton County Court; State Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts, United States District Courts, Philadelphia and Scranton, 1934-1979.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, (sworn-In on December 1, 1936) 1937-1940; appointed, Committee to Investigate the Bureau of Aeronautics, 1939-1940; not a candidate for reelection, 1941 term.

Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County, 1940-1944.

Unsuccessful campaign Democratic nomination, Northampton County, district attorney, 1943, 1951 and 1955.

Chairman, Bethlehem Democratic City Committee, 1963-1972.

Elected Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Special Election, November 3, 1964, vacancy, death, Gus P. Verona of Pen Argyl, 1967.

Chairman, Northampton County Democratic Party, 1972-1980.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) October 26, 1984.