Member Biography

Jospeh "Jo" Hays 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       34 Democrat
1957-1958       34 Democrat
1959       34 Democrat
1960       34 Democrat
1961       34 Democrat
1962       34 Democrat

COUNTIES: Centre, Clearfield  


12/27/1898 - 09/11/1987

Joseph “Jo” Hays (D34) Clearfield and Centre Counties, 1955-1962 

Early Life: 

Joseph “Jo” Hays, born December 27, 1898, Newberrytown, York County, Pennsylvania; son of Morris M. and Sarah Krone Hayes; public school education, North York High School, Shippensburg State Teachers College, 1918; teacher, 1919-1921 Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1923; Harvard University, Masters Education 1930; principal, State College High School, 1924-1927; superintendent, State College Schools,1927-1956; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956; head, Bureau of School Audits, under, State Auditor General’s office, 1964-1966; mayor, State College, 1973-1977; married, Helen McKain Hays, married, Sarah Light Lomberger Hays; died, September 11, 1987 (aged 88), State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania; interment Pine Hall Cemetery, State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, Phi Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Rho, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Mu, and Kappa Phi Kappa; life member, National Education Association (NEA); member; Masonic bodies, Methodist Church. 

Director, State Young Men's Christian Association; secretary, Minority Caucus, 1960; trustee, Mansfield State College; member, State Public Welfare Board; member, Governor’s Committee on Education and Local Government Commission, 1932. 

Pennsylvania Politics:  

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 34th district, Clearfield and Centre Counties, 1955-1962; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Education (Chairman), Finance (Vice Chairman), Forests and Waters, Game and Fish, Highways, Historical Preservation, Law and Order, Local Government, Mines and Mineral Industries, Public Health and Welfare, and State Government. 

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956.  

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956.  

Head, Bureau of School Audits, under, State Auditor General’s office, 1964-1966.  

Mayor, State College, 1973-1977. 


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

The Pennsylvania Manual (1962). Richey, Iris (Editor). (Volume 95). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, page 94. Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 78. 

Joseph Hays (1898-1987) - Find a Grave Memorial