Maria Donatucci

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Maria Donatucci
Member of the Pennsylvania State Assembly
from the 185th district
Assumed office
February 15, 2011
Preceded by Robert Donatucci
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Robert Donatucci
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Philadelphia College of Art
Philadelphia Community College
Pierce Junior College
Temple University

Maria Donatucci (born 1954) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 185th district, which includes parts of Delaware and Philadelphia counties.[1][2] She was elected in February 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Donatucci was born and raised in South Philadelphia and is the only child of stand-up comedian Phil Jaye and Jean Patelmo. She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1972 and attended Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia Community College, Pierce Junior College, and Temple University.[2]

In 1984 Donatucci married Robert Donatucci, who was then a state representative from the 185th district. They had two children together, Dierdre and Thomas.

Donatucci has worked in various positions for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority during the 1970s and the 1980s, as well as working as an adjudicator for Philadelphia's Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. She has also served as a board member for the Lions Club, from which she received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2007.

House career[edit]

Donatucci was elected to the House in 2011 in a special election after the death of her husband, Robert, the previous incumbent. According to her biography on her official website ([1]), she will focus fighting crime and public safety while serving in the House.

She serves on the Aging & Adult Older Services, Urban Affairs, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees in the House.

Election results[edit]

2011 Pennsylvania House of Representatives 185th District special election[3]
Democratic Maria Donatucci 1,843 93.89%
Republican Lewis Harris, Jr. 120 6.11%
Turnout 1,963
Democratic hold Swing
Party Candidate Votes % ±


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  2. ^ a b "Biography". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Donatucci
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 185th District
2011 –
Succeeded by