Member Biography

Frank Anthony Pecora 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1979       44 Republican
1980       44 Republican
1981       44 Republican
1982       44 Republican
1983       44 Republican
1984       44 Republican
1985       44 Republican
1986       44 Republican
1987       44 Republican
1988       44 Republican
1989       44 Republican
1990       44 Republican
1991       44 Republican
1992       44 Republican
1993       44 Democrat
1994       44 Democrat


08/08/1930 - 06/12/2013

Frank Anthony Pecora (R44) Westmoreland (Part) County 1979-1982 (R44) Allegheny (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties 1983-1992 (D44) Berks (Part), Chester (Part), Lehigh (Part) and Montgomery (Part) Counties 1993-1994

Early Life:

Frank Anthony Pecora, born August 8, 1930, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of Frank L. and Elizabeth Cristillo Pecora; Commissioner, 9th Ward, Councilman at Large, Penn Hills, 1971-1978; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1979-1992, switch parties, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1992-1994; married, Barbara Gigliotti Pecora, children, Frank L. Pecora, Barbara Pecora; died, June 12, 2017, (aged 86), pneumonia, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

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

Member, F.O.P Lodge 91, Perry-Ionic Lodge 796; 32nd Degree Mason, Shiloh Royal Arch Chapter 257.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Commissioner, 9th Ward, Councilman at Large, Penn Hills, 1971-1978.

Elected, Republican, 44th district, Westmoreland (Part) County, 1979-1982; elected, Republican, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) and Westmoreland (Part) Counties, 1983-1992; switched parties, Democrat, 44th district, Berks (Part), Chester (Part), Lehigh (Part) and Montgomery (Part) Counties, 1993-1994; did not seek reelection, 1994; prominent Pennsylvania legislators who previously worked for, Pennsylvania State Senator Sean Logan, United States Congressman Michael Doyle.

With the passage of the 1991 reapportionment plan, outcome was that moved legislative district several hundred miles from Allegheny County to Chester County. Determined to continue representing his legislative district, constituents, in the Senate, rented an apartment, Chester County. 

Late 1992, Republicans held a 26-24 majority in the Senate chamber. Switched parties, now voting Democrat. This decision changed the Senate's partisan makeup to an even 25-25, allowing presiding Officer Senate Democrat Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel to cast the tie-breaking votes, giving Democrats control of the upper legislative chamber. Announced prior to the 1994 elections that he would not seek re-election in his new district. Vacant legislative seat was won by Republican Pennsylvania State House Representative Jim Gerlach, helping Republicans regain control, Pennsylvania State Senate.


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

 "The old switcheroo | TribLIVE". 

"FRANK PECORA Obituary (1930 - 2017) - Penn Hills, PA - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

Frank A Pecora (1930-2017) - Find a Grave Memorial