|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 146th district
January 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Tom Quigley|
|Born||August 3, 1956|
|Residence||Limerick Township, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Website|| [Official website]|
Mark Painter (born August 3, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 146th District since 2013. The district is located in Montgomery County, including Pottstown, Limerick Township, West Pottsgrove Township, Upper Pottsgrove Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Royersford and parts of New Hanover Township.
Mark Painter was born in Stowe, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pottstown High School in 1974. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and law, graduating in 1978.
After his two sons were diagnosed with autism, Painter became concerned with the lack of access to special education programs. Along with his wife, he helped organize parents of special needs children to help develop new programs for students with autism. This experience led Mark into the field of special education law, where he represented parents advocating for better services from their school districts.
From 1998 to 2012, Painter served almost four terms as tax collector for Limerick Township, until he was elected to the House. He attends St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, where he has also taught Sunday School. He is a lifetime member of the Limerick Historical Society, and serves on the board of directors of the Royersford Free Public Library and Royersford Community Chest.
In 2010, Painter unsuccessfully ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 146th District against the incumbent Tom Quigley, by a margin of 56%-44%. In 2012, Painter again challenged Quigley, this time winning the seat 50.4%-49.7%.
Painter currently serves on the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Human Services, Local Government, and Policy committees.
- "Rep. Mark Painter Biography". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- "2010 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "2012 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Rep. Mark Painter". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
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