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Edwin B. Erickson III[1] (May 18, 1938 – January 7, 2019) was an American politician. He was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania Senate, representing the 26th District from 2001 to 2015. The district included most of Delaware County and parts of Chester County.

Edwin "Ted" Erickson
Edwin Erickson.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 26th district
In office
April 23, 2001 – January 2, 2015
Preceded byF. Joseph Loeper
Succeeded byThomas J. McGarrigle
Personal details
BornMay 18, 1938
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died (aged 80)
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceNewtown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Alma materAlbright College, Bryn Mawr College
WebsitePennsylvania State Senator Edwin Erickson



Erickson was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1938.[2][3] He earned a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Albright College in 1960, and taught general biology, anatomy and physiology, cell physiology and zoology at Drexel University and East Stroudsburg State College from 1962 to 1969.[4] In 1969, he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology from Bryn Mawr College.[5] From 1969 to 1973, he was tenured assistant professor of Biology at Hamilton College, where he taught microbiology, biochemistry and general biology.[6] He was member of the Army Science Board, in which capacity he served as an advisor to the United States Army on scientific and technological matters.[3]

Erickson served as director of Public Health and later the chief administrative officer (1976–82) of Upper Darby Township.[3][6] He was elected to the Delaware County Council in 1982, and served as council chairman from 1987 to 1989.[4] While serving on the council, he was known for his active in guiding the policy behind the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority, which served most of Delaware County.[7]

From 1989 to 1992, he was regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serving Region III (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia).[8] He was executive director of Delaware County from 1992 to 2001.[5] He died on January 7, 2019 at the age of 80.[8] Delaware County flags were lowered to half-mast in his honor.[8]

Pennsylvania SenateEdit

On March 20, 2001, Erickson won a special election to the Pennsylvania Senate to fill the unexpired term of F. Joseph Loeper, who resigned after pleading guilty to falsifying tax documents.[9] Erickson was seated on April 23, 2001.[10] He was a member of the following caucuses: Arthritis Caucus, Autism Caucus, Biotechnology/Life Science Caucus, Delaware River Basin Caucus, Delaware River Port Caucus, Firefighter and Emergency Services Caucus, and Pro-Life Caucus.[11] In addition, Senator Erickson served on the Local Government Commission, Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors.[12] He also served as the Majority Policy Chair from 2010 to 2014.[3] In 2013, Erickson announced that he would not run for reelection again.[13] He spent his last term in office sponsoring, among other bills, a plan to create and expand community-based healthcare clinics within Pennsylvania.[14] Erickson left the Senate in January 2015.[15]


  1. ^ Edwin B. Erickson III (May 18, 1938). "Edwin B. Erickson III Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Edwin Erickson obituary
  3. ^ a b c d "Edwin B. Erickson (R)". Pennsylvania Senate. Archived from the original on January 12, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Profile". Senator Edwin Erickson. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Senator Edwin B. 'Ted' Erickson (PA)". Project Vote Smart. Archived from the original on September 30, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Marshall, Barbara (2004). "Our Man in Harrisburg - From state capital to home district with Pennsylvania State Senator Ted Erickson". Albright College. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Customer Service | FAQs". Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Carey, Kathleen E. "Former state senator Ted Erickson dies at 80". Archived from the original on January 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Top senator pleads guilty to falsifying documents". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Edwin B Erickson". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Lynch, Danielle (August 23, 2013). "Erickson to retire from state senate". Daily Local News. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Gibson, Keegan (August 23, 2013). "Delco State Senator Erickson to Retire". PoliticsPA. Archived from the original on July 12, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Pa. lawmakers approve health care clinic grants". The Sentinel. May 14, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Bender, William (October 21, 2014). "They're slinging mud and magnets in Delco Senate race". Philadelphia Media Network. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2019.

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