Call to rename midstate highway after late lawmaker

Written by David Payne/WITF's Radio Pennsylvania | May 29, 2015 2:57 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A stretch of a highway in the midstate could be renamed in honor of a lawmaker who lost his fight with cancer.

The proposals would name a portion of Routes 22/322 in Juniata County, "the Honorable Daniel F. Clark Memorial Highway."

Clark represented the 82nd District in the House from 1989 to 2002, which represents all or portions of Franklin, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

The former Juniata County District Attorney died of lung cancer last September at the age of 59.

The bill was co-sponosred by Representative Bill Adolph, who met Clark on the day the two were both sworn in.

"We had absolutely nothing in common, but we were both full of fun and laughter at that time and we just struck a friendship that was second to none," he said recently on the House floor.

The measure's other co-sponsor, Representative Adam Harris, occupies the seat Clark once held.

"It's amazing when you think how short (the) span we had with Dan. We lost him way too short," he says. "He actually spent a third of his life serving the public when you look at his time as district attorney and his time serving here."

The House passed the measure unanimously.

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