Bob Mensch

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Bob Mensch
Bob Mensch.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 24th district
Assumed office
October 19, 2009
Preceded by Rob Wonderling
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 147th district
In office
January 2, 2007[1] – October 19, 2009
Preceded by Raymond Bunt, Jr.
Succeeded by Marcy Toepel
Personal details
Born (1945-08-27) August 27, 1945 (age 71)
Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Residence Marlborough Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Valley Forge Military Academy and College
Website State Senator Bob Mensch

Robert "Bob" Mensch (born August 27, 1945) is a Republican politician. He is a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he represented the 147th legislative district. He was first elected in 2006 to succeed the retiring Raymond Bunt, Jr..[2]


Mensch attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College on a music scholarship.[3] He worked for 27 years as a general manager at AT&T and later for ARBROS Communications as a National Sales Director. He then served as a Marlborough Township Supervisor from 2004 through 2006.[4] He is the co-founder of the Unami Watershed Conservancy and chairman of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission.[4]

PA State Senate[edit]

On July 28, 2009, State Senator Rob Wonderling retired from his seat in the 24th district in order to assume the presidency of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Mensch announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the special election as soon as Wonderling announced his plans. With Montgomery County Commissioner and former District Attorney Bruce Castor and former State Representative Jay Moyer withdrawing their names, Mensch had a clear path to the nomination that he received on August 6.[5]

On September 29, Mensch defeated Democrat Lansdale Borough Council member Anne Henning Scheuring with 66% of the vote.[6][7] In the 2010 general election he defeated Democrat Bill Wallace with 60% of the vote. [1][permanent dead link]

In 2010, he voted to make texting while driving a secondary rather than primary offense, watering down the House version of the bill which would make texting while driving a primary offense.[4]

In the News[edit]

In May, 2011, Mensch was found guilty of disorderly conduct in a road-rage incident with a handgun, as reported in The Morning Call.[8]

In October 2011, a Berks County judge overturned state Sen. Bob Mensch's disorderly conduct conviction following accusations that the lawmaker showed a gun to a passing motorist.[9]

Judge Thomas Eshelman dismissed Mensch's summary conviction after listening to nearly two hours of testimony from the accuser and police. Eshelman gave no explanation for his ruling, other than saying, "I'm going by the facts" and telling Mensch, "You're not guilty. Goodbye," according to The Morning Call of Allentown.[10]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2007 191ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY No. 1" (PDF). LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "2006 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Bob Mensch Biography". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Representative Representative Bob Mensch (PA)". Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
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  6. ^ "2009 Special Election for the 24th Senatorial District Tuesday, September 29, 2009". Pennsylvania Department of State Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. ^ Gibbons, Margaret (2009-09-30). "Republican Mensch Trounces Opponents". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 2009-10-07. [permanent dead link]
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