Joe Rocks

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M. Joseph Rocks
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 4th district
In office
1981 – November 30, 1990
Preceded by Joseph Smith
Succeeded by Allyson Schwartz
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 199th district
In office
January 2, 1979 – November 30, 1980
Preceded by John Hamilton
Succeeded by John Broujos
Personal details
Born (1947-06-06) June 6, 1947 (age 70)[1]

M. Joseph Rocks is a former Pennsylvania State Senator and Pennsylvania State Representative.[2][3] He was a Philadelphia mayoral candidate and currently works in the mental health profession. During his time in the Pennsylvania State Senate, Rocks, a Republican, created the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board to monitor all spending by then mayor Wilson Goode and the city council. All money spent by the city government had to be approved by the board. Rocks ran for Philadelphia City Controller in 1989, where he lost to Democrat Jonathan Saidel.[4] Rocks also ran as a Republican for mayor in 1995, losing to incumbent Ed Rendell.

Throughout his career in politics, Rocks was known as a fighter and an aggressive campaigner. His campaign against Allyson Schwartz in 1990, when he lost his State Senate seat, was particularly bitter,[5] with negative campaigning from both sides. Among the more wild accusations was the assertion from the Schwartz campaign that Rocks had an alcohol problem and engaged in promiscuous behavior. The comments had apparently been prepared as a joke by a staffer, released accidentally, and Schwartz apologized, but the campaign became increasingly acrimonious from that point forward.

Upon leaving politics Rocks turned his career towards the mental health field.[6] He lives right outside of Philadelphia, which he moved there from his home in Rocksborough during his term. He has three children, and few grandchildren. He " enjoys playing golf, going down to his vacation home in Florida, and spending time with his wife."

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