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Senate Leadership Comments on the Passing of Mike O’Pake

Senator Mike O’Pake, the longest-serving member of the state legislature, passed away today. These are the statements of the Senate leadership.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi:

“Senator O’Pake’s heart belonged to Berks County. For the past four decades, he dedicated his life to serving the residents of the 11th Senatorial District. He will be remembered as a tireless advocate for children, seniors, and crime victims. We will miss our friend Senator O’Pake, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends as they mourn this loss.”

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa:

“Senator O’Pake committed his life to public service and making life better for all the citizens of Pennsylvania and his beloved Berks County.  Senator O’Pake was a fighter for those in need.  From seniors who needed help in paying for life-saving prescription drugs to children that benefitted from his work in creating the state’s children’s health insurance program, Senator O’Pake was a leader who made a difference.

“Senator O’Pake’s was the first chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, wrote the protective services law for children and fought tirelessly for juvenile justice reform.  He also was a leader in trying to make college more affordable for Pennsylvania students.

“Mike was a friend and colleague who could be counted on for kind words and sage advice in the most trying circumstances.  He worked across the aisle and built bridges trying to find solutions that help all Pennsylvanians.”

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