12/01/1928 - 10/11/2022

CESSAR, Richard J., "Rick," a Representative from Allegheny County; born in Etna, Allegheny County, Pa., December 1, 1928; attended, All Saints School; graduated, Etna High School; B.A., Rio Grande College, Oh.; motorcycle police officer, Etna (10 years); legislative assistant, Pennsylvania State Representative Lee A. Donaldson (1967-1970); Republican chairman, Etna (1970-1984); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1970; served 11 more consecutive terms; elected, Minority Policy Chairman (1977-1978); elected, Majority Policy Chairman (1979-1980); elected, Majority Whip (1981-1982); elected, Republican Caucus Secretary (1983-1990); appointed, Joint State Government Commission (1981-1982); appointed, Select Committee to Investigate the Department of Aging's Directive #83-12 (1983-1984); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1994); appointed, board member, Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons (1997-2001); lobbyist; died, October 11, 2022 in McCandless, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interred, St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church Cemetery, Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

Archival Collections

Papers of Richard J. Cessar, 1974-1991, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.

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