Member Biography

James Anthony Romanelli 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1975       43 Democrat
1976       43 Democrat
1977       43 Democrat
1978       43 Democrat
1979       43 Democrat
1980       43 Democrat
1981       43 Democrat
1982       43 Democrat
1983       43 Democrat
1984       43 Democrat
1985       43 Democrat
1986       43 Democrat
1987       43 Democrat
1988       43 Democrat

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


07/08/1929 - 10/15/1988

James Anthony Romanelli (D43) Allegheny (Part) County 1975-1988        

Early Life:

James Anthony Romanelli, born July 8, 1929, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of Dominick T. and Sarah McWilliams Romanelli; Saint Michael’s High School; Schenley High School; University of Pittsburgh School of Local Government; Duquesne University; completed course, Greater Pittsburgh Board of Realtors of Duquesne University; licensed real estate salesman; vice-president, South Side Chamber of Commerce; building inspector, constable, city of Pittsburgh; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1973- resigned, 1975; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Election, 1975-1988; unsuccessful primary campaign, 1988; chairman, Port Authority, Allegheny County, 1982-1984; married, Sandy Alexandra Gorskey Romanelli; died, October 15, 1988 (aged 59), cancer, Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Adalbert's Cemetery, Carrick, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 22nd district, 1973- resigned, 1975.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 43rd district, Special Election, 1975-1988; committee assignments, Appropriations, Urban Affairs and Housing; appointed, Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, 1981-1986; unsuccessful primary campaign, 1988.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

Pittsburgh Press, The (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Monday, October 17, 1988, page 1.

James Anthony Romanelli (1929-1988) - Find a Grave Memorial