|Allen G. Kukovich|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 39th district
January 7, 1997 – November 30, 2004
|Preceded by||Eugene Porterfield|
|Succeeded by||Bob Regola|
|Chairman of the
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
June 22, 2002  – March 20, 2003
|Preceded by||Christine Tartaglione|
|Succeeded by||T. J. Rooney|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 56th district
November 8, 1977 – November 27, 1996
|Preceded by||John Laudadio|
|Succeeded by||James Casorio|
|Alma mater||Kent State University
Duquesne Law School
Allen Kukovich is a former member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, where he represented the 39th senatorial district from 1996 through 2004. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1977 through 1996. He served as the Pennsylvania Democratic State Chairman from June 2002 through March 2003.
He attended Penn Township High School before heading to Kent State University in Ohio, where he graduated in 1969. In 1973, he received his J.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and worked for several years in private law practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
While in the House, Kukovich served as Majority Policy Chairman and also chaired several other key committees.
A reformer known for his efforts to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and promote open government and accountability, he was instrumental in enacting the Children's Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania, which later served as a model for the federal CHIP program, and which has provided hundreds of thousands of children in Pennsylvania with free or low-cost health insurance each year. Politically, he was "liberal leaning."
In 1996, he defeated incumbent Democratic state Senator Eugene Porterfield who represented Pennsylvania's 39th Senatorial District. Kukovich the primary won with a 10% margin and won the general election. In 2000, Porterfield re-registered as a Republican and unsuccessfully challenged Kukovich for his seat. In the Senate, Kukovich served as Democratic Chair of the Aging and Youth Committee, where he played a pivotal role in the passing of the expanded PACE legislation.
Following the primary, Ed Rendell, the Democratic nominee for Governor, asked Kukovich to serve as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Kukovich held that post through the successful gubernatorial campaign of Rendell/Knoll.
In November, 2004, Kukovich lost his senate seat to Republican Bob Regola. Shortly after he left office, Kukovich was tapped to serve as Director of Governor Rendell's Southwestern Pennsylvania office.
- Emig, Tiffani (March 2005). "Allen G. Kukovich Papers". University of Pittsburgh. Allen G. Kukovich papers, University of Pittsburgh