Dante Santoni

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Dante Santoni Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 126th district
In office
January 5, 1993[1] – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Paul J. Angstadt
Succeeded by Mark Rozzi
Personal details
Born (1960-09-01) September 1, 1960 (age 56)
Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Santoni
Children Emma Rose Santoni
Lia Rae Santoni
Residence Reading, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Villanova University
Occupation Finance officer, politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Dante Santoni Jr. (born September 1, 1960) is former a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 126th Legislative District from 1993 to 2010. The district is located in Berks County, covering Alsace Township, Laureldale, Lower Alsace Township, Mount Penn, Muhlenberg Township, and St. Lawrence, and parts of Exeter Township and Reading.


Santoni was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Dante and Carmella (née Cagnetti) Santoni.[2] He graduated from Muhlenberg High School in 1978, and earned a B.S. in accounting from Villanova University in 1982.[3] He then worked as a field representative and loan officer with Southeast Farm Credit Service until 1983. Between 1984 and 1992, he served as finance director, township secretary, and commissioner in Muhlenberg Township.[3]

Santoni was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on November 3, 1992, and was sworn into office on January 5, 1993.[2] He has subsequently been re-elected nine times. Following the death of state Senator Michael O'Pake in 2010, he briefly ran for the Democratic nomination for the 11th District but withdrew in favor of Judy Schwank, a former Berks County Commissioner.


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1993 - 177TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1993-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Rep. Dante Santoni Jr.". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 
  3. ^ a b "Representative Dante Santoni Jr. (PA)". Project Vote Smart. 

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