Member Biography

Michael J. Folmer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2007       48 Republican
2008       48 Republican
2009       48 Republican
2010       48 Republican
2011       48 Republican
2012       48 Republican
2013       48 Republican
2014       48 Republican
2015       48 Republican
2016       48 Republican
2017       48 Republican
2018       48 Republican
2019       48 Republican

COUNTIES: York, Lebanon, Dauphin  


01/02/1956 -

Michael J. "Mike" Folmer (R48) Dauphin (Part) Lebanon and York (Part) Counties 2007-2019

Early Life:

Michael J. "Mike" Folmer, born January 2, 1956, Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania; son of Frederick J. and Ferne A. Folmer; Lebanon Senior High School, 1974; Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana (B.A.), majored, History, minor in Biblical Studies and Philosophy, 1978; wholesale sales, Henise Tire Service; owner/operator: Folmer Fruit Company; member, elected, Democrat, Lebanon City Council, 1987-1988; co-founder, president, Constitutional Organization of Liberty (COOL), 2005; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2007-2019; married, Sheila, two children.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Lebanon City Council, during this time, switched parties, Republican, 1987-1988.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Dauphin (Part) Lebanon and York (Part) Counties, 2007-2019; committee assignments, Communications and Technology, Education, Intergovernmental Operations, Labor and Industry, Rules and Executive Nominations, State Government (Chairman). Co-sponsored, Senate Bill 3, legalize medical marijuana, signed into law, April 2016. Resigned, September 18, 2019. 


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2017-2018). Bogden, S. (Editor).  McKain, A. (Editor). (Volume 123) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 3-36, 3-39; Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-18.