Peter Camiel

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Peter J. Camiel
Chairman of the
Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
In office
December 26, 1969 – June 30, 1976
Preceded by Bill Green
Succeeded by Martin Weinberg
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 6, 1953 – November 30, 1964
Preceded by John Meade
Succeeded by Louis Johanson
Constituency Parts of Philadelphia
Personal details
Born January 30, 1910
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 31, 1991(1991-01-31) (aged 81)
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania[1]

Peter J. Camiel is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, serving from 1953 to 1964.[2][3]

He served as Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party from 1969, until 1976, when he lost a power struggle with Mayor Frank Rizzo.

He and three other defendants, including Vince Fumo and Thomas Nolan, were convicted of placing "ghost workers" on state payroll.[1] The charges were later thrown out.[1]

Peter J Camiel died of lung cancer on January 31 1991 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the day ahead of his 81st birthday.

A rest area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is named in his honor.[4]