|1992||Majority Policy Committee Chairman||41||Democrat|
|1993||Majority Policy Committee Chairman||41||Democrat|
|1997||Minority Caucus Administrator||41||Democrat|
|1998||Minority Caucus Administrator||41||Democrat|
|1999||Minority Caucus Administrator||41||Democrat|
|2000||Minority Caucus Administrator||41||Democrat|
Patrick James Stapleton, Jr., (R41) Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties 1970 (D41) Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties 1971- 1982 (D41) Armstrong (Part), Clarion (Part), Clearfield (Part), Indiana (Part) and Jefferson Counties 1983-1992 (D41) Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1993-2000
Patrick James Stapleton, Jr., born January 7, 1924, Chambersville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania; son of Patrick J. Sr. and Bertha Stadtmiller Stapleton; Indiana Area High School, 1943; United States Navy, WWII, 1943-1947; attended, Penn State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) social studies, (B.S.), 1950; married, Madeline Feidler Stapleton, son, Patrick J. Stapleton, III; restaurant owner; elected, Democrat, Indiana County Commissioner, 1962-1969; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1970; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1971-2000, elected, Minority Policy Committee Chairman, 1983- 1992, elected, Majority Policy Committee Chairman, 1992-1994, elected, Minority Policy Committee Chairman, 1994-1996, elected, Minority Caucus Administrator, 1997-2000; died, March 10, 2001 (age 77 years, 65 days), Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
Chairman, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees; president, Comprehensive Health, Pennsylvania State Association of Commissioners; director, Southwest Pennsylvania Economic Development District; member, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Pennsylvania Advisory Board, WPSX-TV Community Advisory Board, State Task Force on Comprehensive Health, State Agricultural Land Preservation Board, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Patrick J. Stapleton Jr. Library, Saint Bernard’s Church; board of governors, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), 1988; treasurer, Rural Center for Pennsylvania.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Member, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Grange, Boy Scouts of America Council at large.
The Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr, Library, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), named in his honor, 1981; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), Distinguished Service Award, 1992; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), President’s Medal of Distinction, 2000; University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School Centennial Award of Merit; Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Decade of Service Award.
Elected, Democrat, Indiana County Commissioner, 1962-1969.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41th district, Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson Counties Special Election, June 8, 1970, vacancy, death, Albert Pechan, September 11, 1969, seated, June 8, 1970; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41th district, Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties, 1971- 1982; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41th district, Armstrong (Part), Clarion (Part), Clearfield (Part), Indiana (Part) and Jefferson Counties 1983-1992, elected, Minority Policy Committee Chairman, 1983-November 18, 1992; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41th district, Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1993-2000, elected, Majority Policy Committee Chairman November 18, 1992- March 15, 1994, elected, Minority Policy Committee Chairman March 15, 1994-1996, elected, Minority Caucus Administrator, 1997-2000; vice chairman, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee; committee assignments, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Minority Chairman), Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Rules and Executive Nominations, Transportation; left office November 30, 2000.
The Pennsylvania Manual, (1999-2000). Crowell, G.; Secretary, Department of General Services. (Volume 114) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 3-37, 3-42; Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-21.
Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr., Papers, Manuscript Group 158 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Special Collections and University Archives.