Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956 Representative Democrat
1957-1958 Representative Democrat
1959 Representative Democrat
1960 Representative Democrat
1961 Representative Democrat
1962 Representative Democrat
1963 Representative Democrat
1964 Representative Democrat
1965 Representative Majority Whip Democrat
1966 Representative Majority Whip Democrat
1967 Representative Minority Floor Leader Democrat
1968 Representative Minority Floor Leader Democrat
1969 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1970 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1971 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1972 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1973 Representative Minority Floor Leader 194 Democrat
1974 Representative Minority Floor Leader 194 Democrat
1975 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1976 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
1977 Representative Speaker 194 Democrat
Counties Philadelphia


07/04/1920 - 08/18/2016

FINEMAN, Herbert, a Representative from Philadelphia County; born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 4, 1920; graduated, Overbrook High School, 1938; B.S., commerce, Temple University, 1942; LL.B., Temple University School of Law, 1945; partner, Fineman & Fineman law firm; leader, 52nd Ward Democratic Committee; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1954 and reelected for 11 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Majority Whip (1965-1966); elected, Minority Leader (1967-1968 and 1973-1974); elected, Speaker (1969-1972, 1975-1977); appointed, General State Authority, State Highway and Bridge Authority and State Public School Building Authority; appointed, Joint State Government Commission (1965-1976); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Interstate Cooperation (1967-1968); appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (1967-1970); chair, Speaker's Committee on Tax Reform (1970); delegate, Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention (1968); delegate, Democratic National Convention (1968, 1972); member, Democratic Executive Committee; member, Democratic State Committee; resigned from the House, May 23, 1977; died, August 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Archival Collections

Papers of Herbert Fineman, 1964-2003, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.
Papers of Herbert Fineman, 1955-1977, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.

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