Member Biography

H. Craig Lewis 


07/22/1944 - 01/13/2013

H. Craig Lewis (D6) Philadelphia (Part) County 1975-1982 (D6) Bucks (Part) County 1983-1994

Early Life:

H. Craig Lewis, born July 22, 1944, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Harold W. and Dorothy M. Lewis; Millersville State College (Bachelor of Arts, 1966); University of Nebraska Graduate School; Temple University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1971); attorney, Dechert Price and Rhoads; admitted, Pennsylvania bar, 1971; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1974-1994; unsuccessful campaign, United States Senate, 1980; unsuccessful campaign, Auditor General, 1992; vice president, corporate affairs, Norfolk Southern Corporation; chair, Philadelphia Foundation, 1988; member, board of Aria Health, Philadelphia region; member, board, Philadelphia Zoo; married, Dianne Semingson, died, January 13, 2013 (aged 68), vacation, heart attack, Loblolly Bay, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean; interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Attorney, Dechert Price and Rhoads (Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) specializing in Government Affairs, Corporate Finance. Admitted, Pennsylvania bar, 1971.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1975-1982; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Bucks (Part) County, 1983-1994; committee assignments, Senate Impeachment Trial Committee, (Vice Chairman), 1994; Local Government (Chairman), 1978-1980; Ethics (Chairman), 1978-1980; Appropriations (Chairman), 1979-1980; Appropriations (Minority Chairman), 1981-1984; member, Banking and Insurance, 1984-1994; Judiciary (Chairman), 1993-1994.

Unsuccessful campaign, primary election, United States Senate, 1980.

Unsuccessful campaign, Republican Auditor General Barbara Hafer, 1992.


Wife, Dianne Semingson, served, Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode administration, city representative, 1984-1992.

Norfolk Southern Railway renamed the Dillerville Yard, Lancaster, Pennsylvania in his honor, 2013.

Buried, next to Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, best known for his Ford C. Frick Award-winning role as lead play-by-play announcer, Major League Baseball (MLB)'s Philadelphia Phillies, 1971-2009.


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

H. Craig Lewis (1944-2013) - Find a Grave Memorial