Member Biography

Leonard J. Bodack Sr.


08/10/1932 - 07/07/2015

Leonard J. Bodack (D38) Allegheny (Part) County 1978-2002

Early Life:

Leonard J. Bodack, born August 10, 1932, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, son of the Joseph and Mary Spehar; attended Pittsburgh Academy, Point Park College; Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 1950-1954; married, Shirley M. Wagner Bodack, children Leonard J. Bodack, Jr., Cheryl A. Senkow, Mark A. Bodack, James J. Bodack, Carol L. Lavrinc and Patricia L. Podgorski; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1978-2002; died, July 7, 2015 (aged 82), Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Past vice-commander, Slovenian Veterans; past vice-commandant, Marine Corps League, Allegheny County detachment; chair, Allegheny County Democratic Committee; member, American Families United, Croatian Fraternal Union, American Slovenian Catholic Church (K.S.K.J.), Polish National Alliance, Arsenal Board of Trade, American Legion, Post 715, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 278, Slovenian Home Pittsburgh, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 46, Lions Club, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Etna Elks Lodge #932, Corinthian’s Lodge #573, Free and Accepted Masons, State Public Schools Building Authority, Port of Pittsburgh Committee, General State Authority, Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 38th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1978; elected, Democratic Caucus Chair, 1989-92; Democratic Whip, 1993-2000; Committee assignments, Appropriations, Democratic Policy, Ethics, Intergovernmental Affairs Legislative (Minority Chair), Data Processing, Labor and Industry, Law & Justice, (Minority Chair), Management Operations Commission, Rules and Executive Nominations, State Government; left office November 30, 2002. 


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

Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-12; Volume 114, December 1999.

Leonard J Bodack (1932-2015) - Find a Grave Memorial