James Gallen

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James Gallen
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 128th district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1992
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Sam Rohrer
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the Berks County district
In office
January 5, 1965 – November 30, 1968
Personal details
Born (1928-08-15)August 15, 1928
Reading, Pennsylvania[1]
Died April 12, 2012(2012-04-12) (aged 83)
Shillington, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sara[2]
Children Eight

James J. "Jim" Gallen (August 15, 1928 – April 12, 2012) is a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. [3] He represented Berks County in the State House for over twenty-seven years, first as one of the county's at-large representatives, then as the member for the 128th District seat created in 1968, following an overhaul of the State Constitution which reapportioned seats based upon numbered districts. He announced his retirement from the State House in 1992, at which time he unsuccessfully sought the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Gus Yatron.[4] Gallen was defeated in the Republican primary by Pottsville attorney John Jones,[5] who went on to lose the general election to Schuylkill County Sheriff Tim Holden.

Gallen died on April 12, 2012 in his Shillington, Pennsylvania home of complications stemming from appendicitis.


  1. ^ James Gallen. Google Books. 
  2. ^ "James Gallen Will Seek Seventh Term in House". The Reading Eagle. January 10, 1976. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members G". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  4. ^ Ayers, Chuck (March 18, 1992). "2 More Candidates Intend to Seek 6th District Bids". The Morning Call. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Abrams, Mark (April 30, 1992). "Parties' Disuntiy is Blamed for Loss of 6th House Seat". The Reading Eagle. Retrieved November 24, 2011.