Mike Waugh, longtime York County state Senator, dies

Written by York Daily Record and The Associated Press | Oct 8, 2014 2:39 PM

(York) -- Mike Waugh, a longtime York County Republican state senator who decided not to run for office this year, has died at age 58.

The Hartenstein Funeral Home in New Freedom confirmed Waugh's death. The funeral home says arrangements haven't been finalized.

Governor Corbett called him "the quintessential citizen-statesman." The York Dispatch says Waugh died after a battle with cancer.

Waugh, of Shrewsbury Township, had announced in August 2013 that he would not seek re-election.

"Making the decision not to run again is difficult, but I've been considering it for many months and my family and I know that this is the right time for me to move on to other interests," Waugh said in a news release at the time. "I've been blessed to meet thousands of wonderful people through the years, many of whom have become good friends."

Waugh said at the time that he had been diagnosed with a medical condition that would require a course of treatment. The release said he was "optimistic of a speedy and successful outcome."

He stepped down before the end of his term to become the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. He was 58 at the time.

Waugh, first elected to the state Senate in 1998, served in the general assembly for more than 20 years.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the fine people of York County in the Senate for four terms, and in the House before that," Waugh said in a news release. "Words cannot express how much I appreciate the trust that my constituents have put in me. I've always done my best to represent their interests at home and in the Capitol."

Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Pileggi issued the following statement regarding Waugh's death:

"Mike Waugh was a good man and a good friend. As a member of the General Assembly - first in the House, then in the Senate - he quickly became a statewide leader on agricultural issues. Mike earned universal respect from his colleagues with the quiet, determined way he approached issues.

"He loved York County and worked tirelessly to advance issues important to his constituents. We are all better people for having known and worked with Mike. We will miss him terribly and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."


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