Roy C. Afflerbach
|Roy C. Afflerbach|
|35th Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania|
January 7, 2002 – January 3, 2006
|Preceded by||Bill Heydt|
|Succeeded by||Ed Pawlowski|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 16th district
January 6, 1987 – November 30, 1998
|Preceded by||Guy Kratzer|
|Succeeded by||Charlie Dent|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 131st district
January 4, 1983 – November 30, 1986
|Preceded by||James Ritter|
|Succeeded by||Karen Ritter|
February 6, 1945 |
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Ann Kasper|
|Alma mater||Kutztown University|
Roy C. Afflerbach (born February 6, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American lobbyist and former Pennsylvania state senator and Representative. He was Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, from 2002 to 2006. In December 2004, after a difficult year, Afflerbach announced that he would not run for another term.
Military and education
He is a graduate of Emmaus High School, and served in the United States Air Force from 1963 through 1967. Afflerbach later earned his BA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and an MA in 1989.
State legislative career
Afflerbach is a Democrat and began his career in politics as a State Representative, a position he held from 1983 through 1986. He later served as a State Senator from 1987 through 1998.
Afflerbach served as Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania from 2002 through 2006. His final year in office was mired in difficulty dealing with Allentown's city council. Some former supporters asked for his resignation, and he was blamed for nearly bungling a deal to bring a minor league baseball park to Allentown. He also was accused of making poorly timed inflammatory remarks.
After leaving office, Afflerbach started the Afflerbach Group, an Allentown-based lobbying firm. Among its causes are lobbying for an end to animal cruelty in Pennsylvania through factory farming practices known as "common farming exemptions." Afflerbach spoke in late 2007 at a fundraiser sponsored by Hugs for Puppies, a group pushing for the ban of the sale of foie gras in Philadelphia.