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Pennsylvania General Assembly

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  • Frank Crawford Sites, US Congressman (1865 - 1935)
    US Congressman. Born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1875 his parents moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he attended the public schools. He became a watchmaker and jeweler and became employed i...
  • R. Budd Dwyer (1939 - 1987)
    Pennsylvania State Official. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1970. From 1985 to 1987 he served as ...
  • Hon. John Woods (1758 - 1816)
    John Woods, (1761, Bedford, Pennsylvania – December 16, 1816, Brunswick County, Virginia) was a Pennsylvania politician who served in the Pennsylvania State Senate and in the United States House of R...
  • Henry Miller Watts (1805 - 1890)
    Henry Miller Watts (October 10, 1805 – November 30, 1890) was an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • Hon. John Pittman Sipes (1857 - 1951)
    Biography 01/25/1857 - 03/18/1951 SIPES, John P., a Representative from Fulton County; born in Licking Creek Township, Fulton County, Pa., January 25, 1857; attended, Cumberland Valley State Normal S...

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The legislature convenes in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. In colonial times (1682–1776), the legislature was known as the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. Since the Constitution of 1776, written by American revolutionaries, the legislature has been known as the General Assembly. The General Assembly became a bicameral legislature in 1790.

The General Assembly has 253 members, consisting of a Senate with 50 members and a House of Representatives with 203 members, making it the second-largest state legislature in the nation (behind New Hampshire) and the largest full-time legislature.