Kerry Benninghoff

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Kerry Benninghoff
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 171st district
Assumed office
January 7, 1997[1]
Preceded by Ruth C. Rudy
Personal details
Born Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Children 5
Residence Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Occupation Former Coroner

Kerry Benninghoff is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 171st Legislative District. He is the Republican Policy Chairman.


While working as an orderly at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania, Benninghoff was appointed as Deputy Coroner of Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1985.[2] In 1991, when Coroner Robert Neff retired, Benninghoff was elected to the office. He was re-elected in 1995.

In 1996, when Rep. Ruth Rudy retired, Benninghoff stepped into the race to succeed her. He defeated Democrat Keith Bierly in the general election that year[2] and has been re-elected to each succeeding session of the House.


Benninghoff graduated from State College Area High School and attended Pennsylvania State University from 1980 to 1981.[3] He is also a graduate of the Certified Coroners Training Program of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.

Benninghoff lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He has five children.


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1997 - 181ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1997-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b My Linh Nguyen (1993-10-21). "Dealing with the dead". The Daily Collegian. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-11-06.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Coroner" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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