November 21, 2014



Donna Malpezzi, General Counsel to the Senate Republican Caucus, to Retire on November 26


Donna Malpezzi, General Counsel to the Senate Republican Caucus, will retire from the Senate on November 26, Senator Dominic Pileggi (R-9) announced today.


“Donna has been an invaluable asset to the Senate Republican Caucus and to me,” Senator Pileggi said. “No one has been more committed to the caucus and to the Commonwealth than Donna. Her work through the decades has been exemplary, and I have been honored to work directly with her for the past eight years.”

Malpezzi’s record of public service began back in 1973 when she served as a page in the House of Representatives. She has worked in all three branches of government, including for Governor Dick Thornburgh and former House Speaker Matthew J. Ryan.

She has worked in the Senate since 1987 for Republican leaders Senator John Stauffer, Senator F. Joseph Loeper, and Senator David J. “Chip” Brightbill. She has worked for Senator Pileggi since December 2006. Malpezzi is perhaps most recognized for her expertise in healthcare, insurance, and the state budget – but she is also renowned for her knowledge of the legislative process and her ability to negotiate complex issues.


“Donna’s expertise and experience will be sorely missed, especially in June when we’re negotiating the budget,” said Senator Pat Vance (R-31), who worked closely with Malpezzi on many issues. “The depth of her knowledge relating to our legislative process is unmatched and her counsel to our caucus has helped us to enact innumerable pieces of legislation. Donna’s work ethic and ability to find compromise will continue to serve as a model for all. I wish her the best as she embarks on the next chapter.”


“I loved my work passionately and had innumerable opportunities to learn and grow in this magnificent building filled with its history and beauty,” Malpezzi said. “In faithfully serving the Senate Republican Caucus, it has been an amazing privilege to work with so many dedicated and capable Senators committed to making their government work for the people of Pennsylvania.”


            Malpezzi said she looks forward to exploring new ways to have a positive impact for the Commonwealth. “I am extremely fortunate to have made many friends and to have worked with so many wonderful people during my years in the Senate,” she said. “Now, I’m ready for new challenges.”