Ellen Bard

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Ellen M. Bard
Ellen Bard portrait.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 153rd district
In office
January 3, 1995[1] – November 30, 2004[2]
Preceded by Martin Laub
Succeeded by Josh Shapiro
Personal details
Born (1949-01-11)January 11, 1949
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died October 28, 2009(2009-10-28) (aged 60)
San Francisco
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robert G. Stiratelli
Children 1 child
Residence Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Pomona College
Occupation legislator

Ellen M. Bard was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Bard was a 1971 graduate of Pomona College.[3] She also earned a M.S. degree from the Boston University School of Public Communication in 1972 and another M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980.[4]

She was elected to represent Ward 7 on the Abington Township Board of Commissioners in 1990. In 1994, after one term as a Township Commissioner, she was elected to represent the 153rd legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[5] During her tenure there, she has had 17 bills signed into law.[5] During her legislative career, she was known for advocating on behalf of the Abington School District and for her work on energy and environmental issues, including her service as Chair of the Task Force on a 21st Century Energy Policy for Pennsylvania.[6]

She left her PA House seat to run for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, losing the Republican primary to Melissa Brown, who went on to lose to Allyson Schwartz.[7]

In May 2009, after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, she and her husband moved from Jenkintown to San Francisco to be near their daughter.[6] She died in October 2009.[6]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1995 - 179TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1995-01-03. 
  2. ^ Per Article II, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the legislative session ended on November 30, 2004
  3. ^ "Ellen M. Bard (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2004-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Ellen M. Bard (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-03-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Ellen Bard". Official Pennsylvania Republican Caucus Biography. Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. Archived from the original on 2004-02-22. 
  6. ^ a b c Foti, Kaitlyn (November 4, 2009). "Former legislator Ellen Bard dies at age 60". Montgomery News (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: Journal Register Company). Archived from the original on 2009-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Representative in Congress, 2004 General Primary". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. 

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