Member Biography

Charles Timothy Shaffer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1981       21 Republican
1982       21 Republican
1983       21 Republican
1984       21 Republican
1985       21 Republican
1986       21 Republican
1987       21 Republican
1988       21 Republican
1989       21 Republican
1990       21 Republican
1991       21 Republican
1992       21 Republican
1993       21 Republican
1994       21 Republican
1995       21 Republican
1996       21 Republican


10/02/1945 - 05/02/2022

First Lieutenant Charles Timothy “Tim” Shaffer (R21) Butler and Lawrence Counties 1981-1982 (R21) Butler, Clarion (Part), Lawrence (Part) and Venango (Part) Counties 1983-1992 (R21) Butler, Clarion (Part), Lawrence (Part) and Venango (Part) Counties 1993-1996 

Early Life: 

First Lieutenant Charles Timothy “Tim” Shaffer, born October 2, 1945, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania; son of John M. and Jean Kaufman Shaffer; Slippery Rock High School, 1963; Penn State University, B.A. 1966; Duquesne Law School, J.D., 1974; Law Review; United States Army, First Lieutenant, Vietnam War, 1967-1970; attorney, Butler County Bar Association; Butler County Solicitor, 1976-1978; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1981-1996; law practice, Dillion McCandless King Coulter and Graham LLP, 1997; nominated, judge, Butler County Magisterial District, 2010-2011; reelected, judge, Butler County Magisterial District, 2011-2018; died May, 3, 2022; at his homestead of natural causes; memorial service will include a Masonic service and conclude with Military Honors, Thursday, May 12, 2022, 11am, Emmanual Lutheran Church of Prospect; interment, cremation. 

Early Career:

United States Army, First Lieutenant, Vietnam War, 1967-1970; platoon leader, 2nd Lieutenant United States Signal Corps, awarded, Bronze Star, 1969. 

License to practice law in all Pennsylvania courts, United States Court Appeals–Third Circuit. Worked at Dillion McCandless King Coulter and Graham LLP-of Counsel in Butler, 1997-retirement. 

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

Lifetime member, supporter, Emmanual Lutheran Church, Prospect, Pennsylvania; member, American Legion; Veteran of Foreign Wars; Grange; Ducks Unlimited; Butler Area Chamber of Commerce; Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club; Loyal Order of Moose; Harmony Historical Society; Western Conservatory: Butler County Historical Society; National Federation of Independent Business; director, Midwestern Pennsylvania Heart Association.  

Board of directors, Christopher Gist Chapter–Sons American Revolution, Association for Retarded Children of Butler County, Boy Scouts of America–Moraine Trails Council, where he received the Distinguished Citizen Award for Service to Youth, associate member, Brady Paul Memorial Lodge 54 Fraternal Order of Police, Prospect Area Preservation Society, William H. Miller Mason Lodge 769.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Butler County Solicitor, 1976-1978

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Butler and Lawrence Counties, 1981-1982,   Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Butler, Clarion (Part), Lawrence (Part) and Venango (Part) Counties, 1983-1992, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Butler, Clarion (Part), Lawrence (Part) and Venango (Part) Counties, 1993-1996; Committee assignments, Aging and Youth, Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Community and Economic Development (Chairman), Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Judiciary (Vice Chairman), Law and Justice, State Government, Urban Affairs and Housing (Vice Chairman); member, Senate Impeachment Committee of Justice Rolf Larsen, 1994; left office, November 30, 1996. 

Names of any service after Senate: 

Nominated, Governor Ed Rendell, confirmed fill vacancy, Cliff Woessner retirement, Pennsylvania State Senate, April 19, 2010, judge, Butler County Magisterial District May 2010-December 2011; Slippery Rock district covers the northwestern section of Butler County, with Slippery Rock at its center. Crossed filed primary election, May 17, 2011. Received 57.6 percent, Democratic primary, 62.1 percent, Republican primary. Unopposed General Election, November 8, 2011; term expired, 2018. 


Butler County Community College established The Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health, 2018. 


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1987-1988). Doukas, O., (Editor). (Volume 108). Department of General Services. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 87, 102.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1995). McQuown L.S., (Editor). (Volume 112). Department of General Services. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 3-43. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 3-21.

Charles Timothy “Tim” Shaffer (1945-2022) - Find a Grave Memorial