Mario Civera

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Mario Civera, Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 164th district
In office
April 8, 1980 – April 30, 2010[1]
Preceded by Frank Lynch
Succeeded by Margo Davidson
Personal details
Born (1946-06-19) June 19, 1946 (age 72)[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna Civera
Residence Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Temple University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Staff Sergeant

Mario J. Civera, Jr. is an American politician from Pennsylvania. A Republican, he is currently serving as a member of the Delaware County Council. Civera previously represented the 164th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1980 to 2010.


Prior to his election to the House, Civera served on the Upper Darby Board of Commissioners. While serving on the Upper Darby Township Council, he was also chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

On March 11, 1980, Civera won election to the House in a special election to replace Frank Lynch, who had resigned in January 1980.[3] He has won re-election to each succeeding session of the House.[4]

Civera did not run for reelection in 2010.

Dual office controversy[edit]

In November 2009, Civera was elected to the Delaware County Council and was sworn into office on January 4, 2010. However, controversy arose when Civera would not resign from his state House seat and thus is holding both offices. During his county council campaign, Civera said he would step down from the House, but after the election said he had no plans to leave, saying he wanted to stay in Harrisburg to complete work on a table games bill needed to finalize the 2009 budget and tie up some other loose ends. He also pointed out that he had never given a definitive date for his resignation. Democrats would like Civera to resign by March so a special election could take place in the May primary at the same time a competitive primary race for a state Senate seat is expected to drive up Democratic voter turnout, hence Civera's assertion that Democrats "want to steal the election." Governor Ed Rendell asked Civera to stay to work on the 2010 budget, but has now said he believes Civera should resign, saying, "I thought that Mario Civera might be helpful in this year's budget process, but given his votes on table games where he voted against filling a $250 million hole in the budget, it's pretty apparent that there are other things at play rather than his desire to help the budget, so I think he should just resign, go do the job he was elected to do here locally and then let the speaker of the House, as is his legal power, set the special election."[5][6]


Civera lives with his wife in Delaware County. He has one son, three stepsons, and seven grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Session of 1980 - 164th of the General Assembly - No. 25" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1980-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Representative Mario J. Civera Jr. (PA)". Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ Cox, Harold (November 3, 2004). "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - 1979-1980" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  4. ^ "PA State Rep Mario Civera - Bio". Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. 
  5. ^ Alex Rose, "Lentz, Civera continue feud", Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, January 23, 2010
  6. ^ Alex Rose, "Guv says Civera should resign, make room for special election", Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, January 14, 2010

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