Member

Sessions

Sessions Office Position District Party
1979 Representative 199 Republican
1980 Representative 199 Republican
1981 Representative 199 Republican switched to Democrat
1982 Representative 199 Republican switched to Democrat
Counties Philadelphia

Biography

06/06/1947 -


ROCKS, M. Joseph, a Representative from Philadelphia County; born on June 6, 1947; graduated, West Catholic Boys High School, 1965; A.S., Community College of Philadelphia, 1967; attended, Defense Language Institute in California (German linguist) and University of Maryland; B.A., University of Iowa, 1972; served, United States Army Security Agency (1967-1971); vice president and president, Samuel LePera, Inc.; president, Manayunk Business Association; member, 21st Ward Republican Executive Committee; board director, Rudolphy Residence for the Blind – Philadelphia; trustee, Community College of Philadelphia; board director, Center for Early Childhood Services, Inc.; legislative assistant, Republican caucus, Pennsylvania State Senate (1973); budget analyst, Republican caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1974-1975); Southeast regional director, Republican Legislative Field Services, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1976-1978); elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1979 and 1981 terms; appointed, House Select Committee to Investigate SEPTA (1979); changed party affiliation, becoming a Democrat in 1982; not a candidate for reelection to the House (1982); elected as a Democratic to the Pennsylvania State Senate (1983-1987); changed party affiliation to Republican in the Pennsylvania State Senate (1988-1990); appointed, board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) (1981-1990); appointed, board, Public School Employees’ Retirement System (1983-1990); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (1989-1990); appointed, Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission (1989-1990); unsuccessful campaign for reelection, Pennsylvania State Senate (1990); unsuccessful campaign, controller, Philadelphia (1989); unsuccessful campaign, mayor, Philadelphia (1995); CEO, Windabrae Associates; president, Interlink Strategies, Inc. (1992-2000); gubernatorial appointee, board, State Employees’ Retirement System (1997-2000); board chair and CEO, NHS Human Services (2000-2014).


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