Member Biography

Harold F. "Hal" Mowery Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1993       31 Republican
1994       31 Republican
1995       31 Republican
1996       31 Republican
1997       31 Republican
1998       31 Republican
1999       31 Republican
2000       31 Republican
2001       31 Republican
2002       31 Republican
2003       31 Republican
2004       31 Republican


01/04/1930 - 03/03/2014

Harold F. “Hal” Mowery, Jr., (R31) Cumberland (Part), Perry (Part) and York (Part) Counties 1993-2000 (R31) Cumberland and York (Part) Counties 2001-2004

Early Life:

Harold F. “Hal” Mowery, Jr., born January 4, 1930, Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; son of Harold F. and Mary Strohm Mowery; Mechanicsburg Area High School, 1947; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Dickinson College, B.A., economics and psychology, 1954; Chartered Life Underwriter degree, (CLU), 1966; Insurance business owner: Professional Insurance Services, Inc., Mowery Associates, Inc., Gunn Mowery LLC, Professional Financial Advisors and Gaughen Insurance, Incorporated, 1966-2014; elected, board, Camp Hill School District, 1969-1976; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1977-1990; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, 1990; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1993-2004; married, Phyllis Shearer Mowery, children, Harold F. Mowery, III, Theodore W. Mowery, Phyllis Denise Mowery VanGavree; died, March 3, 2014, home, pneumonia, Camp Hill, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, Holy Spirit Corporation Board of Directors, Harrisburg Consistory and Zembo Temple, Chairman, Board, Cumberland County American Cancer Society – Southeastern Region; charitable fundraising, Holy Spirit's Ortenzio Heart Center, Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, Association for the Blind, United Methodist Home for Children, Military Museum, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape's Vision of Hope, Board Member, Keystone Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Member, Trinity Lutheran Church. 

President, Harrisburg General Agents and Managers Association; member, National Association of Federated Insurance Agents (NAFIA); member, Cumberland Valley Region Advisory Board, Mellon Bank, Advisory Board for Commonwealth Bank, Harrisburg Association of Life Underwriters, Board of the American Institute of Professional Association Group Administrators, Harrisburg Estate Planning Council, Board of Miller's Mutual, and the West Shore and Harrisburg Chambers of Commerce; Association Member of the Society of Pension Actuaries, Guest Lecturer for Penn State's Insurance Department.


Silver Beaver Award for Scouting, Boy Scouts of America, 1999; American Lung Association of Pennsylvania Breath of Life Award, 2001; Central Pennsylvania Insurance Person of the Year, 2000; Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Leadership Award, 1999;  American Heart Association affiliate special recognition for AED Legislation, 1998; Managed Care Association of Pennsylvania Legislator of the Year, 1998; American Trauma Association support of Trauma Prevention Education, 1998; Cumberland/Dauphin/Perry Counties Mental Health Association, 1998; County Commissioner Association Friend of County Government, 1994; Susan P. Byrnes Education Center, National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Citizens Against Higher Taxes Taxpayer Hero, United Methodist Home for Children, National Association of Life Underwriters Humanitarian of the Year.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1977-1990; appointed, Select Committee on Three Mile Island, 1979; appointed, Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, 1981-1982; appointed, Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission, 1983-1986; appointed, Special Investigative Lottery Task Fund Force, 1984; appointed, House Select Committee on Long Term Care, 1986-1988; appointed, vice-chair, Select Committee to Investigate Alcohol Abuse in Pennsylvania Institutions of Higher Education, 1987-1988; appointed, board, State Employees’ Retirement System, 1987-1988; not a candidate for reelection, 1990.

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, 1990. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31st district, Cumberland (Part), Perry (Part) and York (Part) Counties, 1993-2000, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31st district, Cumberland and York (Part) Counties, 2001-2004; appointed, PennVEST, 1999-2000; committee assignments, Aging and Youth, Banking and Insurance, Communications and Technology, Education (Vice Chairman), Public Health and Welfare (Chairman), Rules and Executive Nominations; Vice Chairman, Legislative Data Processing Committee Capitol Preservation Committee, Children's Health Advisory Council, Firefighters and Emergency Services Caucus, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, Intergovernmental Council on Long Term Care, appointed, Governor Tom Ridge, State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention Services System 1999-2000, Joint Legislative Arthritis and Osteoporosis Caucus, which he established and co-chaired.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (2003-2004). Cunningham Jr., D. T., (Editor). (Volume 116). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 3-34, 3-39. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-21.

Harold F “Hal” Mowery Jr. (1930-2014) - Find a Grave Memorial