Allen Kukovich

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Allen G. Kukovich
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 39th district
In office
January 7, 1997 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by Eugene Porterfield
Succeeded by Bob Regola
Chairman of the
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
In office
June 22, 2002 [1] – March 20, 2003
Preceded by Christine Tartaglione
Succeeded by T. J. Rooney
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 56th district
In office
November 8, 1977 – November 27, 1996
Preceded by John Laudadio
Succeeded by James Casorio
Personal details
Born September 1947
Manor, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
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.

Person life[edit]

Allen Kukovich was born on September 5th, 1947 in Manor, Pennsylvania, a small town in Westmoreland County.

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.

Political career[edit]

After the unexpected death of state Representative John Laudadio in 1977, Kukovich won a special election on November 8, 1977 to complete the remainder of the deceased member's term of office.[2]

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.[citation needed] Politically, he was "liberal leaning."[3]

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.[citation needed]

Kukovich ran for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in 2002. In a crowded field, Kukovich came in third place, behind fellow state senator Jack Wagner and the eventual winnier, Catherine Baker Knoll

In 2002, the political website PoliticsPA named him to the list of "Smartest Legislators," suggesting that he was "the policy wonk of all legislators."[3]

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.

Kukovich help found the Pennsylvania chapter of Common Cause in the early 1970s and is currently an Executive Board member of the national organization, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).


  1. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (November 3, 2004). "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - 1977-1978" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  3. ^ a b "Smartest Legislators". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-01-15. 

External links[edit]

  • Emig, Tiffani (March 2005). "Allen G. Kukovich Papers". University of Pittsburgh.  Allen G. Kukovich papers, University of Pittsburgh