Ivan Itkin

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Ivan Itkin
Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 1993 – November 30, 1994
Preceded by Bill DeWeese
Succeeded by Bill DeWeese
Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1995 – November 30, 1998
Preceded by Mark Cohen
Succeeded by Mike Veon
In office
January 23, 1990 – November 30, 1992
Preceded by Bill DeWeese
Succeeded by Mark Cohen
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
In office
January 2, 1973 – November 30, 1998
Preceded by Gerald Kaufman
Succeeded by Dan Frankel
Personal details
Born (1936-03-29) March 29, 1936 (age 81)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joyce Hudak
Alma mater New York University
University of Pittsburgh

Ivan Itkin is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was his party's nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Early life[edit]

Itkin was born in New York City on March 9, 1936.[1] In 1956, he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Itkin went on to reiceve a master's degree from New York University in Nuclear Engineering in 1957. After a stint working as a reactor physicist at the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory[2] Itkin received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. He worked as a nuclear scientist and applied mathematician until 1972, when he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' 23rd District, which includes portions of Allegheny County.[3]

Political career[edit]

PA House[edit]

Itkin held a variety of leadership positions with the House's Democratic caucus. He served as majority whip from 1990 though 1992. He was elected majority leader in 1992, and minority whip in 1994. He was also appointed Speaker Pro Tempore during the 1987-1988 session.[3]

Candidate for governor[edit]

Itkin ran against Republican incumbent Tom Ridge. He and his running mate, former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, lost the election with 31% of the vote.[4]

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1998[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Ridge
Runningmate: Mark Schweiker
1,736,844 57.42
Democratic Ivan Itkin
Runningmate: Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
938,745 31.03
Constitution Peg Luksik
Runningmate :Jim Clymer
315,761 10.04
Libertarian Ken Krawchuk
Runningmate: Henry Haller III
33,591 1.11

After politics[edit]

Itkin retired from the House following his gubernatorial defeat and was subsequently appointed Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in the Department of Energy by President Bill Clinton in 1999.[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gerald Kaufman
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 23rd district

1973–1998
Succeeded by
Dan Frankel
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill DeWeese
Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Mark Cohen
Preceded by
Mark Cohen
Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Mike Veon
Preceded by
Bill DeWeese
Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Bill DeWeese
Preceded by
Mark Singel
Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
1998
Succeeded by
Ed Rendell