F. Joseph Loeper

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F. Joseph Loeper
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 2, 1979 – December 31, 2000[1]
Preceded byJohn James Sweeney
Succeeded byEdwin Erickson
Republican Leader
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
January 3, 1989 – November 18, 1992
Preceded byJohn Stauffer
Succeeded byRobert Jubelirer
In office
March 15, 1994[2] – December 31, 2000
Preceded byRobert Jubelirer
Succeeded byDavid Brightbill
Republican Whip
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
January 4, 1983 – November 30, 1988
Preceded byJohn Stauffer
Succeeded byDavid Brightbill
Personal details
Born (1944-12-23) December 23, 1944 (age 74)
Political partyRepublican
OccupationLobbyist, former State Senator

F. Joseph "Joe" Loeper (born December 23, 1944) is an American politician who represented the 26th senatorial district from 1979 through 2000 in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He resigned his seat in 2000 after pleading guilty to falsifying tax documents.

Early life[edit]

Loeper was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to F. Joseph and Isabel (Martin) Loeper. He attended West Chester University, where he was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1966. He was a teacher in the Lansdowne-Aldan school district (1966–1967) and the Upper Darby School District (1967–1968). He received a Master of Science degree from Temple University in 1970. In 1972, he became treasurer of the Upper Darby School Board.

Political career[edit]

Loeper served as Republican Leader from 1989 through 2000, and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 through 1992 and again from 1994 through 2000.[2]

Guilty plea[edit]

In 2000 he pleaded guilty in federal court of falsifying tax-related documents to conceal more than $330,000 in income he received from a private consulting firm while serving in the Senate.[3][4] He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000,[2] and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving six months.[5]

Lobbying career[edit]

He is currently working as a lobbyist through his lobbying firm Loeper and Associates representing the Pennsylvania Turnpike,[6] Drexel University,[7] and others.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate – 1999–2000" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ a b c "Senate Floor Leaders since 1950". The Pennsylvania Manual. 118. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. 2007. pp. 3–265.
  3. ^ http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/loeper/loeperplea.pdf
  4. ^ Shadows of greed darken state capital - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Archived October 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Loeper cashes out account, gives $200G to Philly GOP pol". Delco Times.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Grata, Joe (2008-01-28). "Turnpike pays high toll for Pennsylvania, D.C. lobbying". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. PG Publishing Co.
  7. ^ Bumsted, Brad; Debra Erdley (2007-11-18). "Shadows of greed darken state capital". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Tribune-Review Publishing Co. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Stauffer
Republican Whip of the Pennsylvania Senate
1983–1988
Succeeded by
David Brightbill
Preceded by
John Stauffer
Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Robert Jubelirer
Preceded by
Robert Jubelirer
Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
1994–2000
Succeeded by
David Brightbill
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
John James Sweeney
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 26th District
1979–2000
Succeeded by
Edwin Erickson