Member Biography

Timothy Joseph "Tim" Solobay 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2011       46 Democrat
2012       46 Democrat
2013       46 Democrat
2014       46 Democrat


03/20/1956 -

Timothy Joseph "Tim" Solobay (D46) Allegheny (Part), Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 2011-2014

Early Life: 

Timothy Joseph "Tim" Solobay, born March 20, 1956, Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania; son of Joseph and Amelia (stepmother) Solobay; late Elsie Solobay; Canon-McMillan High School, 1974; attended, Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, 1976; radiologic technology, California University of Pennsylvania (now Pennsylvania Western University, California), B.S., 1984; California Coast University, business management, B.S., 1990; attended, Pittsburgh MRI Institute, 1992; certificate, Emergency Medical Technician; CPR/AED instructor, American Heart Association; state constable, 1982-1998; radiographer, Canonsburg Hospital; supervisor, CAT/MRI departments, Washington Hospital; Emergency Medical Technician; chief, Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department (member, 35 years); elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1999-2010 not a candidate for reelection, 2010; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2010-2014, unsuccessful campaign for reelection 2014; gubernatorial appointee, head, Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, 2015-2017; president, Blue Dog Consulting, LLC.; married, Karen, two children;

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

Board member, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, South West Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Three Rivers Regatta, Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, Canonsburg Elks, Tall Cedars, Syria Shriners; 33rd Degree Mason; advanced board member, Western Area Career and Technology Center, California University of Pennsylvania Social Work, Monongahela Valley Career and Technology Center. 

Pennsylvania Politics:  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1999-2010, appointed, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Authority, 1999-2002. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Allegheny (Part), Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 2011-2014; committee assignments, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness (Minority Chairman); appointed, Joint Conservation Committee, 2011-2014; unsuccessful reelection, 2014.

Gubernatorial appointee, head, Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner, 2015-2017. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:  

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2013). Bogden, S. (Editor). (Volume 121). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Senate Standing Committee Assignments, page 3-40. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-22.