Papers of H. Sheldon Parker, Jr., 1967-2002
Scope and Contents
This collection contains Mr. Parker’s campaign materials, office materials, legislation he sponsored, as well as legislative newsletters, articles and scholarly material he produced, district material, press releases, news clippings, and program information from events like the Benjamin Franklin Symposium and the Conference on Pennsylvania’s Future, as well as a number of photographs from his time in office.
- Acquisition: 05/12/2013
- Majority of material found in 1967-1978
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Biographical or Historical Information
H. Sheldon Parker, Jr. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 14, 1938. He served as a Republican representative for the 42nd Legislative District of Allegheny County. Parker grew up in the Mt. Lebanon area, graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School and earning a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1960. He went on to study political science at the University of Pittsburgh where he eventually earned his Master of Arts in 1965. He authored a political history of the Pittsburgh area titled, “The State of Allegheny: The Republican Party in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County From 1930 to 1961.”� Parker served in both the Pennsylvania National Guard, as well as the United States Army reserves in the mid-sixties. He worked as an investment broker for Parker/Hunter, Inc. in Pittsburgh before and during most of his political career with the House of Representatives. Before running for a seat in the House, Parker built his reputation as an active Republican in Allegheny Country as a committeeman and eventually the Chairman of the Republican Party in his district. In 1966 he was elected to the House of Representatives where he would serve six consecutive terms until 1978.� In 1978, Parker did not renew his bid for re-election, and instead went on to hold a position as General Manager/CEO of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN).
During his tenure with the House of Representatives, Parker was especially concerned with issues of government efficiency, tax reform, and improving communication and coordination between Federal and state government. His committee work reflected these concerns, as he was assigned to the Commerce Committee (1967-1969), the Appropriations Committee (1970-1973; 1976-1978), the Education Committee (1970-1975), and the Federal-State Relations Committee (1974-1978). He sponsored bills reducing the size of the House and Senate [House Bill 94 of 1973], attempted to establish a special commission to study Pennsylvania’s fiscal needs and prepare long-term financial goals for the Keystone State [Act 292 of 1974]. Though many of these initiatives failed to pass into law, Parker continued to advocate for more efficient government at both the state and Federal levels. He helped support the establishment of the Federal-State Relations Committee as a new Standing Committee.
One important product of Sheldon Parker’s advocacy for long-term thinking in government was the Benjamin Franklin Symposium held January 17-19, 1976. The Symposium was an effort by the General Assembly to hold a series of presentations for both lawmakers and the public about specific economic, political, and social issues in the Commonwealth. Parker, and the other supporters within the General Assembly, hoped that over its three-day run, the Symposium would be both an educational experience for the public, and stimulate further research and scholarship about government and social issues unique to Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, poor attendance squelched any hope that the event would continue on an annual basis.
Note written by RCG
0.75 Cubic Feet : One half box One quarter box ; Shelf Space
This collection is arranged into twelve series. 1. Campaign Materials. 2. Biographical Information/ Office Material. 3. Legislative Work. 4. Subject Files. 5. District Materials. 6. Correspondence. 7. Press Releases. 8. News Clippings/ Media/ Newsletters. 9. Speeches. 10. Events. 11. Photographs. 12. Oversized.
H. Sheldon Parker, Jr. to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives
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H. Sheldon Parker, Jr.
- Papers of H. Sheldon Parker, Jr., 1967-1978
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