Thomas F. Lamb

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Thomas F. Lamb
Democratic Leader
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
January 5, 1971 – November 30, 1974
Preceded by Ernest Kline
Succeeded by Thomas Nolan
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 42nd district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1974
Preceded by Bernard McGinnis
Succeeded by Eugene Scanlon
Constituency Parts of Allegheny County
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the Allegheny County district
In office
January 6, 1959 – November 30, 1966
Personal details
Born (1922-10-22)October 22, 1922
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died May 7, 2015(2015-05-07) (aged 92)
Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara Joyce Lamb
Residence Mt. Lebanon
Alma mater Duquesne University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy[1]
Years of service World War II[1]

Thomas F. Lamb (October 22, 1922 – May 7, 2015) was an American politician in the state of Pennsylvania.[1] The son of James Lamb and Agnes Dunne Lamb, following his education at St. James Elementary and High School, Lamb attended Duquesne University, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Duquesne University Law School, graduating with a bachelor of laws. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Armed Forces. Lamb gained membership to the Allegheny County bar association and Pennsylvania Bar Association, allowing him to practice law during his career. In 1957, he married Barbara Joyce, with whom he has four children.[2] In 1958, Lamb was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served until 1966.[3][1] During his time as a state representative, Lamb was instrumental in making the University of Pittsburgh a state-related institution to save it from bankruptcy.[4][2] Later, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate, serving from 1969 to 1974.[5] As the Democratic majority leader, Lamb lead efforts concerning the environmental effects of mining, civil rights and entitlements, and the creation of the Port Authority Transit. In 1974, he did not run for re-election in order to have more time to spend with his family.[2] Lamb died in 2015.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Kestenbaum, Lawrence (March 24, 2009). "Index to Politicians: Lamb". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Thomas F. Lamb Papers Finding Aid, 1968-1974, AIS.1975.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.
  3. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members "L"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  4. ^ Alberts, Robert C. (1986). Pitt: the story of the University of Pittsburgh, 1787-1987. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 340–343. 
  5. ^ Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "L"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  6. ^ Thomas F. Lamb-obituary