Stern, Jerry A., 1955-
Jerry A. Stern was born on January 11, 1955, in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central High School in 1972 and went on to attend the Altoona School of Commerce and Pennsylvania State University. During that time, Stern worked as a grocery store manager from 1975 to 1982 before beginning his political career. From 1982 to 1989, he was the deputy prothonotary in Blair County. Afterward, he was elected Blair County's prothonotary and clerk of courts, serving until 1992. In 1993, Stern was elected as a Republican to the 80th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was reelected to serve 10 consecutive terms. From his election until 2002, Stern served both Bedford and Blair counties. From 2003 until 2014, Stern’s constituency shrank to Blair County. During his time in the House, Stern served on a variety of committees, including the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, the Children and Youth Committee, the State Government Committee, and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Stern was a strong advocate for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement. He held memorial services for police officers killed in the line of duty almost every year that he was in office, beginning with House Resolution 177 in 1997. Stern was also on the front lines of the fight to make bath salts illegal, culminating with the passing of House Bill 1217 during the 2013-2014 session. The news clippings series in this collection contains many articles detailing this very movement.