Former Pennsylvania state lawmaker, Peter Daley, dead at 71

Pennsylvania state politics lost a giant on the Democratic side of the aisle last week.

Sadly, it was announced last week that former Pennsylvania State Representative Peter J. Daley II, 71, has died.

“Daley was mayor of California Borough from 1974-82 and was elected to the Pennsylvania House as a Democrat in 1982,” PoliticsPA reported.

The outlet also reported that legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, a family friend of the Daleys, told Peter Daley when he was younger that he should pursue the field of law, which is exactly what Daley did.

Impressive career

Daley was a huge player in Pennsylvania politics, and managed to chalk up a number of wins for his side of the aisle during his tenure as a state lawmaker.

As chair of the House Banking Committee, he successfully helped launch the Housing Trust Fund, “a set-aside fund so people could get low-interest mortgages in Pennsylvania.”

The late lawmaker was also credited with helping to pass the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE), an important program for Pennsylvania’s elderly population.

Daley would go on to serve on a number of top committees as a Pennsylvania Democratic representative, including the state House Consumer Affairs and Agriculture Committees.

Gov. Wolf responds

Daley’s death quickly grabbed the attention of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who not only issued a statement about the lawmaker’s passing, but also ordered flags to fly at half-staff.

“In honor of former Pennsylvania State Representative Peter J. Daley II, who recently passed away, Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff immediately,” the governor’s website read.

Clearly, the late state Rep. Daley will be missed by many, and his impact on the state will surely be lasting.

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