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January 1, 2014

Robbins' retirement plans bring accolades, speculation


MEADVILLE — Did you know?

State Sen. Robert Robbins will be the longest serving senator from the 50th District when he retires at the end of November. He will have served 24 years since 1990.

The history of that district shows only six men have served as a state senator from the 50th District, which was created in 1947. All have been Republicans.

Rowland Mahany of Titusville served 11 years from 1947 to 1958 and then was succeed by Raymond P. Shafer of Meadville, who served from 1959 to 1962, when he became lieutenant governor. Mahany then served again from 1963 to 1968.

James Willard of Mercer County served from 1969 to 1970 when R. Budd Dwyer of Blooming Valley was elected. He served until 1981 when he became state treasurer. Roy Wilt of Mercer County was elected in a special election to succeed Dwyer and served until his retirement in 1990.

— Jane Smith

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