Member Biography

Andrew John Sordoni Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1927-1928       20 Republican
1929-1930       20 Republican
1931-1932       20 Republican
1933-1934       20 Republican
1935-1936       20 Republican
1937-1938       20 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne  


02/11/1887 - 02/27/1963

Andrew John Sordoni, Sr. (R20) Luzerne (Part) County 1927-1938      

Early Life: 

Andrew John Sordoni, Sr., born February 11, 1887, Nanticoke, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Nikola "Nicholas" and Maria "Mary" Sordoni; Bucknell University, Doctor of Laws, 1950; Lafayette College, Doctor of Letters, 1953; Chiropractic, National College Chiropractic, 1957; married, Ruth Speece Sordoni, 1910, children, Andrew J. Sordoni, Jr., Royce, Mary; mule driver, coal mines; private, United States Army, 1904-1907; elected, Republican, Forty Fort Councilman, 1912-1924; engaged, building construction, Andrew J. Sordoni Construction, Sordoni Construction Company; Chairman of the Board, Sordoni Enterprises; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1927-1938; delegate, Pennsylvania, Republican National Convention, 1928; gubernatorial appointment, Secretary of Commerce, 1951-1954; died, February 27, 1963, heart attack, Miami, Dade County, Florida, interment, private by request of family. 

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

Chairman, State Planning Bord; member, State Aeronautics Commission; Pennsylvania Industrial and Construction Exposition, Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Committee, State Athletic Commission, 1951; member, Wyoming Valley Motor Club, 1919, director, 1924, president, 1942-1954, director, Wyoming Valley Hospital, 1936-1954; president, Wyoming Valley Hospital, 1941-1954; trustee Wyoming Valley Hospital, 1956; elected president, 1956; honorary Chairman, Luzerne County Heart Fund Chapter, 1951; member, Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club, 1920, president 1927, during World War II, chairman, War Production Board, Luzerne County; member, American Automobile Association, senior vice president, 1953, president 1954-1956; life member, Pennsylvania Motor Federation, Executive Committee, 1939, director, 1940, president 1945, 1954; director, Luzerne County Chapter, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Federation, since 1947; director, United States Independent Telephone Association; member, Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association; member, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Causality Insurance Company; member, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Fire Insurance Company; 33rd degree, Free and Accepted Masons, Wyoming Lodge, 468; Dieu le Veut Commandry 45, Knights Templer; Shekinah Royal Arch Chapter, 182; Keystone Consistory Irem Temple; member, Irem Temple Country Club, Shrine Club of Greater Wilkes-Barre, member, Royal Order Jesters, Binghamton; chief, Daniel C. Roberts Fire Company, 1925-1953; member, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Bucknell University; member, Sons of Italy, Eagles, Elks Moose, Wilkes-Barre; board member, over sixty organizations; member, First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes Barre.  

Trustee, Doctor, Leo Spears, Chiropractic Sanitarium, Denver, Colorado; Doctor of Chiropractic, National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, Illinois; trustee, Bucknell University, 1928, Doctor of Law degree, Bucknell University, 100th commencement, 1950; Doctor of Humane Letters, Lafayette College, 1953; board, trustees, Wilkes College, vice chairman, Board, Trustees, Wilkes College, 1960.    

Chairman of the Board, Sordoni Enterprises, includes Sterling Hotel System, hotels, Allentown, Hazelton, Wilkes-Barre, Montrose, Binghamton, New York; Commonwealth Telephone Company, Harvey’s Lake Light Company, Sterling Engineering and Manufacturing Company, Andrew J Sondori Foundation, responsible over five thousand employees; Commonwealth Telephone Company had fifty thousand subscribers, third largest independent telephone company in Pennsylvania and thirtieth largest in the United States.     


Wilkes Barre Rotary Club, Citizen of the Year, 1949, Wyoming Brotherhood Roundtable Award, 1963  

Pennsylvania Politics:  

Elected, Republican, Forty Fort Councilman, 1912-1924.  

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Luzerne (Part) County, 1927-1938.

Delegate, Pennsylvania, Republican National Convention, 1928.      

Appointed, Pennsylvania Governor John S. Fine, Secretary of Commerce, 1951-1954.  


Father, from Garibaldi, Italy; mother, from Genoa Italy, interpreter, Luzerne Courthouse, 33 years.   


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

Andrew J Sondori Extension of Remarks Honorable Daniel J. Flood of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives Monday March 4, 1963, Pages A1140-A1142  

Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress - United States. Congress - Google Books