Member Biography

David J. Brightbill 


11/03/1942 -

David J. “Chip” Brightbill (R48) Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties 1982-2006

Early Life:

David J. “Chip” Brightbill, born November 3, 1942, Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania; son of Jonathan McMichael and Verda McGill Brightbill; Lebanon High School, 1960; Pennsylvania Military College, 1962; Penn State University, 1964; Duquesne University School of Law (J.D.), editor-in-Chief, Duquesne Law Review, cum laude, 1970; attorney; Elizabethtown College, (Honorary), 2007; litigator, Lebanon County District Attorney Office, 1968-1977; elected, District Attorney, Lebanon County, 1977-1981; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1982-2006; attorney, Stevens and Lee, 2007; married, Donna Long, five children, Christian, Jonathan, Andrew, Charles and Davis.

Early Career:

Attorney, partner, Siegrist, Koller, Brightbill and Long; attorney, government practice, Stevens and Lee, 2007-present.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Lebanon Board of School Directors, 1966-1967.

Elected, Republican, District Attorney, Lebanon County, 1977-1981.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, 1982-2006; Majority Caucus Secretary, 1985-1988; Majority Whip, 1989-1990, elected, Majority Policy Chair, 1991; Majority Whip 1997-1999; Majority Floor Leader 2000-2006; chair, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee; member, Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Game and Fisheries and Judiciary Committees; defeated, primary, left office November 30, 2006.


Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-13; Volume 114, December, 1999.

Schehr, E. (Ed.). Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-14, 3-39; Volume 117, December, 2006.