|25th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania|
January 19, 1971 – January 16, 1979
|Preceded by||Raymond Broderick|
|Succeeded by||William Scranton III|
of the Pennsylvania Senate
August 1, 1967 – November 30, 1970
|Preceded by||John Devlin|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Lamb|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 47th district
January 5, 1965 – January 5, 1971
|Preceded by||John Carl Miller|
|Succeeded by||John Good, Jr.|
|Constituency||Parts of Beaver and Washington Counties.|
June 20, 1929|
May 13, 2009 (aged 79)|
Hershey Medical Center
Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Duquesne University|
Early life and career
Kline was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Webster neighborhood of Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania. He attended Rostraver High School, where he was the starting quarterback and graduated in 1947. He attended Duquesne University, but was unable to afford completing his degree. He took a career in radio news broadcasting in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and at WBVP-AM in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He entered politics after covering city council; he was elected to the Beaver Falls City Council in 1955. In 1961, he was appointed to be a workers' compensation referee for Beaver, Washington, and Greene Counties.
He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania on the Milton Shapp gubernatorial ticket in November 1970. As a Western Pennsylvanian, Kline provided balance to the Democratic ticket, which had Philadelphian Milton Shapp. Kline held that position from 1971 to 1979.
He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and 2000. He is credited for taking steps to establish the Governor's Energy Council during the 1973 oil crisis and for leading the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1978, but lost a highly contested primary to Peter Flaherty, who eventually lost to Dick Thornburgh.
Later life and death
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- Hockensmith, Dustin (May 13, 2009). "Former Lt. Gov. Ernest P. Kline dies at 79". Patriot News. Archived from the original on 2009-12-10.
- Gurman, Sadie (2009-05-15). "Obituary: Ernest P. Kline / Lieutenant governor under Shapp". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Kestenbaum, Lawrence (March 24, 2009). "Index to Politicians: Kline". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
- Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "K"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- Long, Heather (May 25, 2009). "Remembering Ernie Kline: He leaves a legacy that should be followed". Patriot News. Archived from the original on 2009-12-10.
| Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
William Scranton III
|Party political offices|
| Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
| Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
John Carl Miller
| Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 47th District
John Good, Jr.