Longest serving Pennsylvania legislator dies
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: Hundreds of mourners gathered on January 3 to say goodbye to the late Michael O'Pake, the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. O'Pake, known as "the people's senator," died on December 27 due to complications resulting from heart bypass surgery on November 22. He was 70.
O'Pake was first elected to the General Assembly in 1968 and to the Senate in 1972. He had been re-elected since then, most recently in 2008, and was re-elected as Democratic whip for the 2011-2012 session. O'Pake represented the 11th Senatorial District from Bucks County.