A lifelong resident of Bensalem, Bucks County, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is serving his 12th term in the state House. During the past 22 years in Harrisburg, DiGirolamo has been a vocal advocate for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and funding, individuals with special needs, and the improvement of student athletics statewide.
For the 2017-18 session, he is serving a fourth term as chairman of the House Human Services Committee, a position where he can effectively continue his advocacy of issues relating to drug and alcohol treatment and prevention and the devastating opioid and heroin abuse crisis, physical and intellectual disabilities, and individuals with mental illness. DiGirolamo is also a member of the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
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During his service as chairman of the House Human Services Committee, DiGirolamo was honored with the American Medical Association’s 2016 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service – the highest award for elected officials and government employees from the nation’s largest physician organization.
As a long-time advocate to raise awareness of drug and alcohol addiction and ensure accessibility to treatment, he has authored legislation increasing funding for rehabilitation centers and establishing a separate state cabinet agency, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, to streamline drug and alcohol treatment services in Pennsylvania. The legislation establishing new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs was signed into law as Act 50 of 2010. In addition, DiGirolamo authored Act 148 of 2012 to create methadone death and incident review teams in cases where methadone was either a primary or secondary cause of death.
During his tenure in the House, DiGirolamo has spearheaded House passage of numerous bills he has sponsored and he is the author of five state laws. In addition to his work with drug and alcohol education and recovery programs, his laws include helping to protect animals by toughening penalties for those who abuse dogs and cats and creating county-based victim impact panels (VIP) as part of the sentencing procedure for driving under the influence (DUI) offenders in Pennsylvania.
He has also been awarded the Public Servant of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Star of Distinction Award from Liberty Resources, the Raymond Webb Jr. Government Relations Award from the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association, the Champion for Human Services Award from the Philadelphia Alliance, the Leadership Award from the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania and the Legislative Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Ambassador of the Year Awards from Pro-A in both 2005 and 2007, and the Ambassador of Recovery Award from RASE Projects Tree of Hope.
DiGirolamo takes tremendous pride in his service to his constituents in Bensalem and has received countless honors and awards from many service organizations located within the 18th District.
On the state level, he also serves on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (PIAA) Oversight Committee and served on the Election Reform Task Force.
DiGirolamo began his public service career in 1990 when he was elected as Bensalem Township’s auditor. In 1993, he served as chairman of the Bensalem Board of Auditors.
He is also engaged in a number of community activities. He previously served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Bucks County YWCA, the Bensalem Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council and St. Mary’s Medical Center Advisory Board and served as member to the Libertae Advisory Board and Guilda’s Club Foundation. He is a member of the Bensalem Lions Club; Kiwanis Club; Sons of Italy; St. Charles Knights of Columbus; and B3T. He is also a member of the Bensalem Business Association, Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys running and has coached many youth sports for the St. Ephrem’s Catholic Youth Organization.
DiGirolamo and his family attend St. Ephrems Roman Catholic Church in Bensalem.
He graduated from Bishop Egan High School in 1968 and has attended Delaware Valley College and Holy Family College.
DiGirolamo resides in Bensalem with his wife Donna. They have two married sons, Gene Jr. and Anthony; two daughters, Gina and Mary; and five grandchildren.
List of Awards and Honors:
American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service – 2016
Community Champion Award from Kencrest – 2015
Legislator of the Year – National Association of Social Workers – 2014
Commitment to Recovery Award - Self Help Movement – 2014
Legislator of the year by ARC -- 2013
The Peoples Award by Vision for Equality -- 2013
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Award by Board of Directors for N.E. Community Center for Behavioral Health -- 2013
Benjamin Rush Award by Philadelphia Psychiatric Society -- 2013
Legislator of the Year by PHTA (horsemans assoc) -- 2013
Legislator of the Year by PA Health Access Network -- 2013
Award from Institute on Disability/Temple University -- 2013
Public Servant of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness – 2012
Star of Distinction Award from Liberty Resources – 2012
Champion for Human Services Award from the Philadelphia Alliance – 2012
Leadership Award from the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania – 2012
Legislative Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center – 2012
Ambassador of the Year Award, Pro-A – 2005 and 2007
Ambassador of Recovery Award, Rase Projects Tree of Hope – 2004
The Raymond R. Webb Jr. Government Relations Award, PA Community Providers Association – 2003 and 2012
Bensalem Ramblers for commitment to organization –2002 and 1997
Northwestern Human Services for dedication to Camp Discovery – 2001
Linconia Tabernacle Youth Center – 2001
PA Tae Kwon Do Association – 2001
Friend of Library, Bucks County Free Library – 2001
YWCA Honorary Chair – 2001
Gibson Road Antique Fire Association – 2001 and 1996
Standish Forde Hansell Award for excellence in leadership – 2000
Sr. Monica Laughlin and St. Katherine Drexel Shrine for contributed services – 2000
Man of the Year – Bensalem Lions Club – 2000
Support and Service Award – Cornwells Fire Co. No. 1 – 2000
Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission for Service and Commitment to Substance Abuse Treatment – 2000
Montgomery County Federation of Young Republicans – 1998
Bensalem Music Boosters Association – 1998
YWCA Computer Technology Access Program for Creekside Apartments – 1997 and 1999-2000
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – 1997
PA Sife Week – 1997
Coaching Award from Bensalem Summer Youth B-Ball – 1996
Cub Scout Pack 130 for appreciation of support – 1996
Nottingham Fire Company – 1996
Edington Fire Company – 1996
Lions International in appreciation of the Bensalem Lions Club – 1996
Quaker State Nationals – 1995
Valley AA Bullets – 1995
Bucks County Bears – 1994
Bensalem Youth Basketball – 1994
YWCA for appreciation of support for low-income families
American Bicycle Association
Bills Signed Into Law:
• Act 236 of 2004
• Act 71 of 2004
• Act 36 of 2005
• Act 50 of 2010
• Act 148 of 2012
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