In Memoriam: Peter J. Daley 1950-2022

Longtime state Rep. Peter John Daley II has died at the age of 71. Daley served in Harrisburg from 1983 to 2016, representing the former 49th District, which covered municipalities in Fayette and Washington Counties. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania (then California State College) in 1972 and received his law degree from Widener School of Law in 1993. Daley recalled talking to an old family friend about his thoughts on a career, telling former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that he wanted to be a football player back in the day. He said Paterno told him, “You want to be a lawyer.” Daley was mayor of California Borough from 1974-82 and was elected to the Pennsylvania House as a Democrat in 1982. He chaired the House Banking Committee, developing the Housing Trust Fund, a set-aside fund so people could get low-interest mortgages in Pennsylvania. Daley also helped pass the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE). He also served on the House Consumer Affairs and Agriculture Committees. “I never lost sight of who I was, and why I was there and where I came from,” Daley told the Uniontown Herald-Standard back in 2017.

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  1. Grateful for the dedicated, concerned service Rep. Daley provided to so many citizens. Another “mighty oak” has fallen in life’s forest.

    1. May you rest in peace. You were a great and funny man and was loved by so many!

  2. I’ve known Pete since his days as mayor of California Borough. We’ve shared many lighthearted moments and worked together on various projects. We shared a love of the law and pride of “valley” roots. He also had a smile and that infectious laugh. May the Good Lord comfort his wife and family. RIP, Pete.

  3. I have only know Peter for the past year. He was a man of few word but they were strong words that meant a lot. God Bless him and May the Lamb of God wrap his arms around his wife and family to help them find Comfort and Peace !!

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