Michael O'Pake

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Michael O'Pake
Pennsylvania State Senate District 11
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Michael O'Pake was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1973 to 2010. He passed away on December 27 due to complications arising from a heart bypass operation.[1] Prior to his passing, he served as Minority Whip in the Pennsylvania Senate. O'Pake was last re-elected in November of 2008. O'Pake also served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1969 to 1972.

O'Pake graduated from St. Joseph's with his Bachelor's degree in 1961 and from Penn law in 1964 with his Juris Doctor degree. O'Pake was a practicing Attorney in addition to being a Senator.

Committee assignments

Prior to his passing, O'Pake served on these committees:



On November 4, 2008, O'Pake was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 11.[3]

Farnese raised $228,235 for this campaign.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 11
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png O'PAKE, MICHAEL A. (D) 76,885
FUHS, STEPHEN P. (R) 30,991

Campaign donors


O'Pake raised $228,235 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
Albert Boscov $23,000
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $17,436
Brian Hard $5,000
Bigley & Blikle $5,000
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society $5,000
OrthoPAC $5,000
Andrew Muller, Jr. $5,000
Electrical Workers Local 743 $4,000
Unison Health Plan $3,000
Ironworkers Local 420 $3,000
Pennsylvania Bar Association $3,000

District 11

O'Pake represented Pennsylvania Senate District 11. District 11 includes the Reading Area which is outlying area of Philadelphia[6].


O'Pake was single and resided in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pennsylvania State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Judy Schwank