02/02/1940 - 12/27/2010

O’PAKE, Michael A., a Representative from Berks County; born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., February 2, 1940; graduated, Reading Central Catholic High School, 1957; A.B., St. Joseph’s College, 1961; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1964; attorney; law clerk to Hon. Robert Lee Jacobs, Pennsylvania Superior Court (1965-1967); elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1969 and 1971 terms; not a candidate for reelection to the House (1972); elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (1973-2010); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Interstate Cooperation (1977-1980); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (1981-2010); appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (1983-1988); appointed, Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission (1989-1992); appointed, Joint State Government Commission (1995-2010); appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) (1995-2008); appointed, Capitol Preservation Committee (2009-2010); appointed, board, Legislative Date Processing Center (2009-2010); appointed, Agricultural Land Preservation Board; died, December 27, 2010 in West Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; interred, Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Archival Collections

Papers of Senator Michael O’Pake. Alvernia University Archives, Reading, Pa.

Oral History

Sen. Michael A. O'Pake Oral History, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives (March 30, 2010).

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