Edward G. Biester Jr.

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Edward Beister
Edward G. Biester circa 1975
38th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
January 16, 1979[1] – May 20, 1980
Governor Richard Thornburgh
Preceded by J. Justin Blewitt Jr.
Succeeded by Harvey Bartle III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Willard S. Curtin
Succeeded by Peter H. Kostmayer
Personal details
Born (1931-01-05) January 5, 1931 (age 86)
Trevose, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Temple University

Edward George Biester Jr. (born January 5, 1931) is a retired Republican politician and judge who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, from 1967 to 1977.[2]

Biester graduated from George School in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1948, Wesleyan University in 1952, and Temple University School of Law in 1955.[2] He was Assistant District Attorney for Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1958 through 1964.

He was elected as a Republican to the 90th and to the four succeeding Congresses. By one measure he was the most centrist Congressman in modern times to be of the Republican party.[3] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1976. He was Attorney General of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1980.[2]

He served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas (7th Judicial District) from 1980 to 2006 and was senior judge from 2001 to 2006.[2][4] He has been a member of the Office of Military Commissions in the Department of Defense since 2003.[citation needed]

In September 2004 he was appointed to the United States Court of Military Commission Review.[2]

In April 2007, Biester joined JAMS, The Resolution Experts, as a full-time mediator and arbitrator at the JAMS Philadelphia Resolution Center at the Bell Atlantic Tower on Arch Street.



  1. ^ http://www.dgs.state.pa.us
  2. ^ a b c d e "Military Commission Review Panel Takes Oath of Office". Department of Defense. September 22, 2004. Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02. Judge Edward G. Biester, Court of Common Pleas, Bucks County, Pa., 7th Judicial District. Biester served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1977. He was Pennsylvania's attorney general for from 1979 to 1980 and became a judge in 1980. He graduated from Temple University Law School in 1955. 
  3. ^ Poole study
  4. ^ Hon. Edward G. Biester Jr. (Ret.) Joins JAMS As Full-Time Neutral

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Willard S. Curtin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter H. Kostmayer
Legal offices
Preceded by
J. Justin Blewitt Jr.
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Harvey Bartle III