Member Biography

Henry Charles Messinger 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1971       16 Democrat
1972     Caucus Secretary 16 Democrat
1973     Majority Whip 16 Democrat
1974       16 Democrat
1975       16 Democrat
1976       16 Democrat
1977     Majority Floor Leader 16 Democrat
1978       16 Democrat
1979       16 Democrat
1980       16 Democrat
1981       16 Democrat
1982       16 Democrat

COUNTIES: Lehigh  


05/30/1915 - 05/13/1991

Henry Charles Messinger (D16) Lehigh County 1971-1972 (D16) Lehigh (Part) County 1973-1982

Early Life:

Henry Charles Messinger, born May 30, 1915, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; son of Wilson F. and Jane E. Heist Messinger; Kutztown State College, 1936, science teacher, Malvern Borough, Spring City High Schools, both in Chester County; married, Ruth E. Schaeffer Messinger, 1939, children, Allan Messinger, Tish Messinger Steward; science teacher, Allen High School, 1943-1945; veteran, United States Marine Corps of World War II, 1945-1946; resumed teaching; Cornell University, master of science degree, 1952; president, Allentown Education Association, 1957-1960, head of the science department, science supervisor, Allentown School District, 1960; elected, vice president, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), 1962; elected president, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), 1964; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1970-1982, elected Senate caucus secretary, 1972; elected Senate Majority Whip, 1973; elected Senate majority leader, 1977-1978, not a candidate for reelection, 1981; died, May 13, 1991 (aged 75), Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Marks Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, council member, Sunday School teacher, Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, Allentown; president, Lehigh County Conference of Churches; secretary, Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Lehigh County, 1971-1972, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Lehigh (Part) County, 1973-1982; defeated, Republican Majority Whip John T. Van Sant, Allentown; elected, Senate caucus secretary, 1972; elected, Senate Majority Whip, 1973; elected, Senate majority leader, 1977-1978; not a candidate for reelection, 1981. 

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

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, May 15, 1991, Page: B12 

Henry Charles Messinger (1915-1991) - Find a Grave Memorial