08/14/1947 - 11/07/2013

RHODES, Joseph, Jr.,  a Representative from Allegheny County; born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., August 14, 1947; graduated, Westinghouse High School; B.S., history, California Institute of Technology, 1969; post-graduate work, Intellectual History, as Junior Fellow, Harvard University, 1969-1972; employed, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1967); Caltech Student Research Project (1968); consultant, Office of the Secretary, HEW (1968-1971); member, President’s Committee on Voluntary Service (1969); consultant, White House Counsel to President (1969-1970); member, MESPU Panel, Office of Education (1969-1970); HEW Secretary’s Committee on New Structures in Higher Education, The Newman Committee (1969-1972); staff researcher, Ford Foundation (1969-1970); lecturer, School of Education, University of Massachusetts (1969-1970); member, President’s Commission on Campus Unrest (1970); visiting lecturer, California State College (1971); advisory panel, National Endowment for the Humanities (1971); instructor, University of Pittsburgh (1972); consultant, University of Massachusetts (1973); contributor, the New Republic, the New York Times and the University of Massachusetts Education Series; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972; reelected to 3 more consecutive terms; appointed, Committee to Investigate the Administration of Justice (1973-1974); member, Governor’s Justice Commission; member, Pennsylvania’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency; not a candidate for reelection to the House (1980); unsuccessful campaign, United States Senate (1980); corporate planning, Westinghouse Electric Corporation; Deputy Secretary for Development, Pennsylvania Department of Commerce (1987-1988); appointed, member, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (1988-1994); died, November 7, 2013 in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Archival Collections

Joseph Rhodes, Jr. Papers, 1970-1980, (MG-407), Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg.

Oral History

Rep. Joseph Rhodes, Jr. Oral History, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives (October 14, 2008).

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