Member Biography

John James Sweeney 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1975       26 Democrat
1976       26 Democrat
1977       26 Democrat
1978       26 Democrat

COUNTIES: Delaware  


06/01/1927 -

John James Sweeney (D26) Delaware (Part) County 1975-1978

Early Life:

John James Sweeney, born June 1, 1927, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of John J. and Helen Harkins Sweeney; employed, butcher shop; Temple University; engaged, real estate broker, elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1975-1978; 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, fist ever Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 26th district, Delaware (Part) County, 1975-1978; committee assignments, Military Affairs and Aeronautics (Chairman) Consumer Affairs (Vice Chairman); chaired, investigating committee, Adjunct General Harry A. Mier, Jr., 1978; announced would not seek reelection, as the $18,720 salary couldn’t support his family.

Republican F. Joseph Loeper, Drexel Hill, defeated, former Pennsylvania State House member, 163rd district, Joseph Ted Doyle, Alden who did not seek reelection in the House for the vacancy. 


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

The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, February 16, 1978 · Page 4. 

The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) · Wednesday, March 08, 1978 · Page 3. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Wednesday, November 08, 1978 · Page 3.

Believed, alive July 2023.