Sessions Office Position District Party
1977 Representative 48 Democrat
1978 Representative 48 Democrat
1979 Representative 48 Democrat
1980 Representative 48 Democrat
1981 Representative 48 Democrat
1982 Representative 48 Democrat
1983 Representative 48 Democrat
1984 Representative 48 Democrat
1985 Representative 48 Democrat
1986 Representative 48 Democrat
1987 Representative 48 Democrat
1988 Representative 48 Democrat
Counties Washington


10/08/1948 -

SWEET, David W., a Representative from Washington County; born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., October 8, 1948; graduated, Washington High School; B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1970; M.A., University of Chicago, 1971; J.D., Dickinson School of Law (now Penn State Dickinson Law), 1981; college professor; attorney; executive director, Mon-Valley Council of Governments (1974-1976); elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1976; served 5 more consecutive terms; appointed, Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission (1981-1986); appointed, Local Government Commission (1983-1988); appointed, Select Committee on Safe Drinking Water (1984); appointed, Special Investigative Lottery Task Fund Force (1984); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (1985-1988); not a candidate for reelection to the House (1988); special counsel, Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority; council, Commonwealth Finance Authority; council, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania; chair, Pennsylvania Commission on Corrections Planning (1993-1994); campaign manager, Edward Rendell, gubernatorial election (2002); executive director, transition team, Governor Edward Rendell; attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.; senior advisor, Office of the Governor (April 20, 2015-June 15, 2016); appointed, commissioner, Pennsylvania Utilities Commission (June 15, 2016-present).


Sweet, David W.  "Plans and Programs: The Correctional Cave of the Blind." Crime & Delinquency 19.3 (1973): 305-14.


Archival Collections

Papers of David W. Sweet, 1977-1988, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.

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