Michael O'Pake

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Michael A. O'Pake
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 11th district
In office
January 2, 1973 – December 27, 2010
Preceded byRobert Gerhart
Succeeded byJudy Schwank
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 126th district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1972
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byHarold Stahl
Democratic Whip
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
January 2, 2001 – December 27, 2010
Preceded byLeonard Bodack
Succeeded byAnthony Williams
Personal details
Born(1940-02-02)February 2, 1940
Reading, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 27, 2010(2010-12-27) (aged 70)
Reading, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceReading, Pennsylvania
Alma materSaint Joseph's University, University of Pennsylvania

Michael A. O'Pake (February 2, 1940 – December 27, 2010) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 11th District from 1973 to 2010. He had been the Democratic Whip in Pennsylvania since 2000, having been elected by his colleagues to the position for the 6th consecutive time.[1] He was previously a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1969 through 1972. O'Pake, an alumnus of Saint Joseph's University, was honored on campus with the naming of a sports complex in his name, the O'Pake Recreational Center.

Early life and education[edit]

O'Pake was born in Reading, Pennsylvania to Michael E. and Anna M. O'Pake. He graduated from Reading Central Catholic High School in 1957. He received an A.B. from St. Joseph's University in 1961 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School[2]


O'Pake died Monday December 27, 2010, at age 70, following complications suffered during heart bypass surgery.[3]


  1. ^ "O'Pake re-elected as Senate Democratic whip", The Reading Eagle, November 18th, 2010
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Senate - Michael A O'Pake Biography". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ "State Sen. Michael O'Pake has died", The Reading Eagle, December 27, 2010

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Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Robert Gerhart
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 11th District
Succeeded by
Judy Schwank
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
District Created
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 126th District
Succeeded by
Harold Stahl
Party political offices
Preceded by
Leonard Bodack
Democratic Whip of the Pennsylvania Senate
Succeeded by
Anthony Williams
Preceded by
Position made elected
Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Allen Ertel