Member Biography

J. Barry Stout 


11/07/1936 - 10/29/2016

J. Barry Stout (D46) Fayette (Part), Greene and Washington (Part) Counties 1977-1992 (D46) Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1993-2003 (D46) Allegheny (Part), Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 2004-2010

Early Life:

J. Barry Stout, born November 7, 1936, Fargo, Washington County, Pennsylvania, son of William B. and Mary Watkins Stout; class president, Bentleyville High School, 1955; valedictorian, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, 1958; B.A., economics, Washington and Jefferson College, 1964; honorary doctorate of law, Washington and Jefferson College, 2010; served, Corps of Engineers, United States Army, 1959-1962; associate, father-in-law, Kenneth V. Thompson Funeral Home, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania; vice president, Atlas Railroad Construction Company; partner, Stout Group, Atlas Services Corporation and Marta Track Constructors; member, Bentleyville Planning Committee; deputy coroner, Washington County; financial chairman and executive committee, Bentleyville Sesquicentennial, 1965-1966; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1970-1976; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, May 17, 1976 (Sworn-In, January 4, 1977-2010), elected, Minority Caucus Administrator, 1999-2004, not a candidate for reelection, 2010; married, Lenore Ann Thompson Stout, children, Lisa Stout-Bashioum, Lori Jansante, Sharee Stout Davidson, Shannon Hemmingson, Bethany Stout Jenkins, John Stout; died, October 29, 2016, Bentleyville, Washington County, Pennsylvania; interment, Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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

Member, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Southwest Funeral Directors Association, Bentleyville Boosters Club, Young Democrats, Free and Accepted Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Loyal Order of Moose, State Library Association, Bentleyville Volunteer Fire Department, Presbyterian Church; president, Bentleyville Public Library, Bentleyville Planning Committee.


American Society of Highway Engineers Person of the Year- 2005, Washington County Man of the Year- 2004, Keystone Railroad Association Legislature of the Year- 2003, Transportation Advocate of the Year- 1998, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania Man of the Year- 1992, Washington County Library Award.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1970-1976. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, May 17, 1976; 46th district, Fayette (Part), Greene and Washington (Part) Counties, sworn-In, January 4, 1976-1992; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 1993-2003; Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Allegheny (Part), Beaver (Part), Greene, Washington (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 2004-2010; elected, Minority Caucus Administrator, 1999-2004; committee assignments, Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Transportation, (Minority Chair); appointed, vice-chairman, High Speed Intercity Rail Passenger Commission, 1985-1986; appointed, Local Government Commission, 1978-2010, chairman, Local Government Commission, 1981-1992, chairman, Local Government Commission, 1995-1996, chairman, Local Government Commission, 1999-2004; not a candidate for reelection, left office November 30, 2010.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


First foray into county politics was when he worked on a referendum that would bring the Meadows Racetrack to Washington County, 1963.

After, initially suggesting the location for a park and ride lot, once learning that PennDOT owned the land, ideally situated near I-70, I-79, and Route 19, PennDOT dedicated the 218 parking spaces, "J. Barry Stout Park and Ride" off the "Beau Street" exit , off I-70, South Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2004. 


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (2009-2010). Trostle, S. (Editor). (Volume 119). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; pages 3-36, 3-40. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-23.

"J. Barry Stout Park & Ride" (PDF) (Press release). Washington & Jefferson College

J. Stout Obituary (1936 - 2016) - Bentleyville, PA - Tribune Review ( Obituary published, Tribune Review, November 1, 2016.

J Barry Stout (1936-2016) - Find a Grave Memorial