Member Biography

Jane Clare Orie 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2001       40 Republican
2002       40 Republican
2003       40 Republican
2004       40 Republican
2005       40 Republican
2006       40 Republican
2007     Whip 40 Republican
2008     Whip 40 Republican
2009     Whip 40 Republican
2010     Whip 40 Republican
2011       40 Republican
2012       40 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny, Butler  


09/18/1961 -

Jane Clare Orie, (R-40) Allegheny (Part) and Butler (Part) Counties 2001-2012

Early Life: 

Jane Clare Orie, born September 18, 1961, Pittsburgh, daughter of Doctor John R. and Patricia R. Orie; Vincentian High School, 1980; Franklin and Marshall College (B.A.), 1984; Duquesne University School of Law (J.D.), 1987; Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County; deputy attorney general, division of criminal prosecution, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1996-resigned, April 3, 2001; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, March 20, 2001-resigned, May 21, 2012; elected, delegate, Republican National Convention, 2008.

Early Career:  

Former State Deputy Attorney General: Division of Criminal Prosecution; former assistant District Attorney: Allegheny County


Military Order of the Cootie of the United States Distinguished Service Award -2007, Soldiers and Sailors Patriot Award -2007, Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations Executive Pennsylvania Director Award-2007, ACHIEVA-Excellent in Government Service-2006, Champion of Hope and Healing -2006, Elected Official of the Year -2006, Legislator Advancement of the Year -2006, Family Resources of  Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Award -2006, Pennsylvania Bar Association Liberty Bell -2005, West View VFW Post #2754 Medal of Commendation -2005, Triumph Award.-2005, State Official of the Year-2005, Civil Air Patrol-2005

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1996-resigned, April 3, 2001. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 40th district, Allegheny (Part) and Butler (Part) Counties, March 20, 2001; elected, Majority Whip, 2007-April 6, 2010; committee assignments, Aging and Youth (Vice Chairman), Community, Economic and Recreational Development, Finance, Intergovernmental Operations, Judiciary, Rules and Executive Nominations; appointed, Joint State Government Commission, 2007-2010; appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 2007-2010; resigned, May 21, 2012.

Elected, delegate, Republican National Convention, 2008. 

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (     

Collection: Papers of Jane Clare Orie, 1997-2004 | Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (2011-2012). Phillips, S., (Editor). (Volume 120). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; pages 3-35, 3-40. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-20.