Sather, Larry O., 1940-
Larry O. Sather served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1993-2006. He represented the 81st Legislative District, which encompassed Blair, Huntingdon, and Mifflin Counties. Mr. Sather was born to a Norwegian father and a Pennsylvania Dutch mother on December 28, 1940 in McConnellstown, Pennsylvania. According to Mr. Sather's oral history interview, he did not come from a political family, but his "father thought it was un-American if you didn't vote," (p. 6).
Mr. Sather attended and graduated from Huntingdon Area High School in 1959. He took the Dale Carnegie Course in Public Speaking in 1960, a small business course at Pennsylvania State University, and a two year course on Life Underwriting Training and Securities Council. He had many occupations before he served in the House, including, but not limited to, working in a hardware store, selling insurance, and serving Huntingdon County in its local government.
He was also very active in his community. He was a member of the McConnellstown Fire Company and former fire chief, past president of Huntingdon Little League, former scoutmaster for Troop 26 McConnnellstown Boy Scouts, an active participant in the Huntingdon PeeWee Football League, a member of the local, state, and national Granges, a member of Masonic bodies, a member of the Huntingdon Elks and Loyal Order of the Moose, a member of the Woodcock Valley Lions Club, a member of the Greater Huntingdon and Tyrone Area C of C and historical society, and a member of McConnellstown United Methodist Church.
During his tenure at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, some of the issues on which he focused concerned funding for volunteer fire companies and other emergency services and an adopted child’s right to know his or her birth parents’ medical histories. He also wrote legislation that would make English the official language of the Commonwealth.
While a Member of the House, Sather served on the Aging and Youth Committee as Subcommittee Chair on Youth from 1997 -2000, the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee as Subcommittee Chair on Programs and Benefits from 2001-2006, the Insurance Committee from 1993-2006, the Local Government Committee from 1993-1996, the Game and Fisheries Committee from 1995-1996, the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee from 1995 - 2000, the State Government Committee from 1999-2006, and the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee from 2001-2006. He was also a member of the Firefighters’ and Emergency Services Caucus as Vice Chair, the Corrections Caucus, the House Lupus Caucus, the Local Tax Reform Caucus, the Legislative Fire Caucus, the Adoption Task Force, and the House Timber Caucus.
He served on the Low Emission Vehicle Commission from 1993-1994, and from 2004-2005, he was a part of the Senate Resolution 60 Commission, which was organized to develop legislation to provide direct and indirect assistance to emergency services organizations to help improve their operations. In addition, he was Deputy Whip for the Republican Caucus.
He retired from the House of Representatives in 2006, saying, however, "I'm retiring from the Legislature. I'm not retiring from life" (p.32).