Member Biography

Donald Oswald Oesterling 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1965       21 Democrat
1966       21 Democrat
1967       21 Democrat
1968       21 Democrat
1969       21 Democrat
1970       21 Democrat
1971     Majority Caucus Chairman 21 Democrat
1972     Majority Caucus Chairman 21 Democrat

COUNTIES: Butler, Lawrence  


06/02/1927 - 01/20/2013

Donald Oswald Oesterling (D21) Butler and Lawrence Counties 1965-1972

Early Life:

Donald Oswald Oesterling, born June 2, 1927, Butler County, Pennsylvania; son of Victor Kenneth and Marjorie Gertrude Oswald Oesterling; public school education; United States Navy Reserve, Atlantic Theater, World War II; undergraduate degree, Capitol University; radio commentator; married, Ann McDowell Oesterling of Bedford, Virginia, 1947, children, Dawn Prebula, Michael J. Oesterling, Peter J. Oesterling; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1965-1972,elected, Majority Caucus Chairman, 1971-1972; died, January 20, 2013, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) National Home, Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia. Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.

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

Lutheran. State President, Pennsylvania Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Exalter Ruler of Butler, Pennsylvania Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) 170, member, American Legion #0852, Veterans of Foreign Wars #249, Grange, Moose, Eagles, Fraternal Order of Police.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Butler and Lawrence Counties, 1965-1972; elected, Majority Caucus Chairman, 1971-1972; committee assignments, Elections and Reapportionment Committee (Chairman), Forests and Waters (Vice Chairman), Game and Fish (Vice Chairman); known for Oesterling amendment, legalizing abortions in cases of rape and incest, 1971.


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

The General Assembly of Pennsylvania Senate Resolution Number 20"

Donald Oswald Oesterling (1927-2013) - Find a Grave Memorial