Mark S. McNaughton

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Mark S. McNaughton
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 104th district
In office
January 7, 1997[1] – November 30, 2006[2]
Preceded by Jeff Haste
Succeeded by Susan C. Helm
Constituency Part of Dauphin County
Personal details
Born (1963-05-07) May 7, 1963 (age 54)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Residence Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Elizabethtown College
Widener University School of Law

Mark S. McNaughton is a former Pennsylvania State Representative in the 104th District, which covers part of Dauphin County.

The son of a prominent regional land developer, McNaughton is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] He graduated Central Dauphin East High School in 1981.[3] He earned a degree in management and finance from Elizabethtown College in 1985 and a law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2003.[3]

McNaughton was first elected to represent the 104th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1996. He retired prior to the 2006 election.[4]

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board appointment[edit]

McNaughton was appointed to a spot on the new Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board following the end of his career in the House. The appointment caused controversy because McNaughton had been a staunch opponent of the legalization of slot machines in Pennsylvania. Moreover, McNaughton had failed to list over $15,000 in gambling winnings on his ethics statements while in the House. In response, McNaughton revised those ethics statements and claimed that he had been unaware that gambling winnings must be reported.[5] A Patriot-News editorial accused McNaughton of "cronyism" and called McNaughton, then facing a $145,000 salary for service on the board, a "salary hog."[6]

In January 2007, further controversy erupted surrounding McNaughton's appointment to the gaming board. Al Masland, chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of State, wrote in an opinion that the timing of McNaughton's appointment was improper and that McNaughton should not be sworn in as a member of the gaming board. McNaughton had been appointed to the post both before leaving the house—in violation of a section of the state constitution barring lawmakers from being appointed to paid state offices—and he had been appointed before a vacancy on the gaming board had become official.[7] By the middle of January 2007, McNaughton had been removed from the running for a seat on the gaming board.[8]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 1997 - 181ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1997-01-07. 
  2. ^ Per Article II, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the legislative session ended on November 30, 2006
  3. ^ a b "Mark S. McNaughton (Republican)". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (2007-03-20). "Lame ducks went on trips paid by state". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Associated Press. 
  5. ^ Cattabiani, Mario. "Gaming appointee fixes ethics statements." Philadelphia Inquirer, December 20, 2006.
  6. ^ Eshelman, Nancy. "You can bet lawmaker will be OK." Harrisburg Patriot-News, December 12, 2006.
  7. ^ Thompson, Charles. "McNaughton may not get gaming board post." Harrisburg Patriot-News, January 9, 2007.
  8. ^ Thompson, Charles, and Murphy, Jan. "Fortune frowns on slots post appointee." Harrisburg Patriot-News, January 13, 2007.

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