Former Senator Hal Mowery, who represented the West Shore in the Pennsylvania legislature for 26 years, has died.
Mowery was a former Republican member of the state Senate for 12 years before he retired in 2004 to spend more time with his family. He also spent 14 years in the state House of Representatives.
In 1990, he was Barbara Hafer's running mate when she was the Republican nominee for governor and lost to Bob Casey.
In a statement, Governor Tom Corbett said Mowery offered quiet leadership and great wisdom to both his district and to the entire commonwealth.
"He came to the General Assembly with the background of a small businessman, and the common sense and sense of responsibility that role embodies," Corbett said. "One of the greatest examples was his leadership in the field of lawsuit reform and the passage of legislation that better protects all sides in liability cases."
"In 1990, his party tapped Hal as its candidate for lieutenant governor. Many Pennsylvanians outside his district did not know him at the time, but were impressed when they met the quiet, steady, self-effacing man whose charm and modesty defied political stereotypes."
Mowery, 84, was a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and Dickinson College.