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Bastian, Bob, 1938-


biographical statement

Bob Bastian served the 69th District, Somerset and Bedford Counties, as a Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1999-2008.

Born on October 21, 1938, Mr. Bastian graduated from Williamsport Senior High School in 1956, from Pennsylvania State University in 1959 and from Cornell University Veterinary School in 1963. Mr. Bastian then served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1966-1968 in the Veterinary Corps.

Mr. Bastian's veterinary practice involved mostly large animals and especially dairy cattle and, as he stated in his oral history interview, he "would talk politics," (page 4) while working with the farmers and owners of animals. He ran for Representative in 1996 and was defeated by the incumbent William Lloyd, but was successful the following election and began serving the House in 1999.

While a representative, Mr. Bastian served on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee from 1999-2008 (Vice Chair from 2007-2008); Children and Youth Committee from 2001-2002; Commerce and Economic Development Committee from 1999-2000; Education Committee from 2001-2008; Labor Relations Committee from 1999-2008 (Secretary from 2001-2004); Rules Committee from 2007-2008; and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee from 1999-2008 (Subcommittee Chair on Security and Emergency Response Readiness from 2005-2008). Legislatively, Mr. Bastian concentrated on issues such as bad checks, coroner's rights and responsibilities, required payments to families and funeral directors, the HIV-related information act, assumption of risk, Bible literacy, and wind power generation. Along with several colleagues, Mr. Bastian was involved in Habitat for Humanity and "The House the House Built;" constructing a home for families in Harrisburg under the direction of Speaker Matthew Ryan.

During Mr. Bastian's term of service, Somerset County achieved national attention twice: first, for Flight 93 on September 11, 2001; and then, less than one year later, for the Quecreek Mine rescue. After the Quecreek Mine "miracle," as Mr. Bastian termed it for the recovery of all trapped miners, Mr. Bastian introduced a number of bills to hopefully prevent future similar disasters. Some of these include topics such as conversion of underground mine maps, the bituminous coal mine act, and Mine Families First Program.

Mr. Bastian retired from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008, hoping to "spend more time with the family," (Oral History Interview, page 36). Researchers interested in Mr. Bastian and the issues in which he was involved should request access to his oral history interview which was conducted on November 18, 2008.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Papers of Bob Bastian, 1999-2008

Identifier: 2009.001
Scope and Contents This collection includes campaign and biographical material, legislative work files, events, community and constituent work files, photographs and a video of Mr. Bastian's farewell address on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mr. Bastian's legislative work files include both administrative aspects of getting a bill introduced on the House Floor, and also a letter introducing the legislation to fellow legislators. In this letter, the legislative intent of the bill...
Dates: 1999 - 2008; Other: 01/03/2011