Lois Herr

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Lois Kathryn Herr
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 16th District
Election date
November 2, 2010
Opponent(s) Joseph R. Pitts (R)
Incumbent Joseph R. Pitts
Personal details
Born (1941-12-23) December 23, 1941 (age 75)
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
Profession marketing and public affairs, author

Lois Kathryn Herr (born December 23, 1941) is a progressive activist living in Pennsylvania. While working at AT&T she was leader fighting for equal rights for women in the workplace.[1] A Democrat, she ran for U.S. Representative for in Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district in 2004, 2006 and 2010.[2] In 2013, she was elected to the Borough Council of Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, and took office in 2014.[3]

Early life and education and career[edit]

Herr was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania.[4] She graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Fordham University.[4]

Herr's first full-time job, in 1963, was as a seventh grade English teacher in Middletown Township, New Jersey. The following year she began working at Bell Laboratories. She held various senior management positions with NYNEX, AT&T, New York Telephone and Bell Laboratories through 1990, working in line operations, sales and marketing, government relations, corporate planning and finance. She gradually became aware that women at AT&T did not receive the same benefits as men, and that there were some jobs which were closed to women. Following a 1970 sex discrimination suit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Herr and other women at AT&T worked within the corporation for equal rights for women. AT&T settled the suit in 1973.[5]

She also served as a Presidential Interexchange Executive, working under President Gerald Ford in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Herr has been scholar-in-residence at Elizabethtown College, taught in their Business Department and Center for Continuing Education and also served as Director of Marketing and Public Affairs.[6] Herr now serves on several boards, including the Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center and the Veteran Feminists of America.


Herr's first book, Women, Power and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace, was published in 2002 by Northeastern University Press. According to WorldCat, it is held in 488 libraries.[7] Her second book, Dear Coach: Letters Home from World War II, was published in 2009, based on over 200 letters sent to her father, Coach Ira Herr, from men and women serving in the war.[8]

Political career[edit]

Herr previously served as the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee and was both a local and a state committeeperson in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and a member of the National Organization for Women.[9]

Political campaigns[edit]

Herr ran for the US Congressional seat held by Republican Joseph R. Pitts in 2004, 2006 and 2010. She was defeated in each election by the incumbent.[6][10]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district: Results 2004, 2006, 2010[11]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct Third Party Votes Pct
2004 Lois Herr 98,410 34.5% Joe Pitts 183,620 64.4% William Hagen 3,269 1.25
2006 Lois Herr 80,915 39.6% Joe Pitts 115,741 56.6% John Murphy 7,958 3.9%
2010 Lois Herr 70,994 34.6% Joe Pitts 134,113 65.4%

In 2013, Herr was elected to the Mount Gretna Borough Council as a nominee of the Democratic Party. Herr got 57 votes, defeating Republican nominee Angela Shea, who had 32 votes.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Herr is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Mount Gretna.


  • Lois, Kathryn Herr, Women, Power and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace, Northeastern (December 12, 2002), ISBN 978-1-55553-537-7
  • Lois, Kathryn Herr, Dear Coach: Letters Home from World War II, (August 10, 2009), ISBN 978-0-615-30230-0


  1. ^ "Women, Power, and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Work Place". Hagley Library and Archives News. Hagley Museum and Library. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Herr2010.com". Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Hackleman, Kathy (13 January 2014). "Mt. Gretna makes strides on treatment plant upgrades". Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Lois K. Herr (D)". Washington Post. 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Lois Herr Papers". Finding Aid. Hagley Museum and Library. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Boyer, Maurice; Busby, Karen (2004-11-04). "It's status quo for Election 2004 in Chester County". Avon Grove Sun. TownNews. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ Herr, Lois Kathryn (1 January 2003). "Women, power, and AT & T: winning rights in the workplace". Northeastern University Press. Retrieved 15 September 2016 – via Open WorldCat. 
  8. ^ Herr, Lois Kathryn; Herr, Ira Risser (1 January 2009). "Dear Coach: letters home from World War II". Lois Kathryn Herr. Retrieved 15 September 2016 – via Open WorldCat. 
  9. ^ "Lois Herr on the fringe Clark T. Regitz Manheim Township". Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. 2006-10-21. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ "U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16". Washington Post. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  11. ^ http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/
  12. ^ "Lebanon County election results". Lebaon County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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