Biography

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Senator Tom Killion has served the residents of the 9th Senatorial District, covering parts of Chester and Delaware counties, since his election in a special election on April 26, 2016. The chairman of the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee, Killion previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 13 years representing the 168th Legislative District.

Prior to his service in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Killion was Chairman of Delaware County Council, where he served local residents from 1992 to 2000. A graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and Pennsylvania State University, Killion served as district director to former Congressman Curt Weldon from 1987 to 1992.

Killion has also distinguished himself in the private sector. The Vice President of Wyatt Elevator Company in Folcroft, PA, a provider of quality service for commercial elevators and other vertical transportation devices in the Philadelphia and Tri-State region, Killion was formerly a stockbroker and Certified Financial PlannerTM and utilized that experience as part of his work on reforming the state pension system.

As an elected official, Killion has prioritized protecting taxpayers, promoting economic development, preserving open space, protecting the environment, and finding common-sense solutions to challenges facing our community, region and state.

Killion’s extensive community and volunteer involvement includes service as a director or member of more than twenty non-profits, organizations and governmental agencies, including Penn State Delaware County Advisory Board (now Penn State Brandywine), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Chairman of the Delaware County Young Republicans, Delaware County’s Soil & Water Conservation District, Solid Waste Authority, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Domestic Abuse Project, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Southeastern PA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater Philadelphia Marketing & Tourism Council, Elwyn, CADES (formerly the Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County), Rocky Run YMCA, Rotorcraft Center of Excellence, Chester Heights Planning Commission, Rachel Kohl Community Library, Healthy Communities Initiative, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce PAC, the Walden School and Bernadine Center.

Killion received the Buffman Award for Distinguished Service to Veterans in September 2019 from the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum. Other recent awards include the 2017 Pre-K for PA Champion the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers. In 2004, 2006 and, 2015, Killion was named the Legislator of the Year by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Killion received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council.  Previously, he received the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society’s Legislator of the Year Award, Penn State Brandywine’s Outstanding Alumni Award, the SPCA Animal Welfare Leadership Award, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Helen Sigel Wilson Volunteer Recognition Award, and the American Red Cross David Henderson Humanitarian Award.

He and his wife Eileen reside in Middletown, Delaware County and have two daughters, Becca and Brittany, a grandson Jack and a granddaughter Hayden.

Updated 9/16/19