Senator Chuck McIlhinney, Jr. is currently serving his second term
representing parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties in the Pennsylvania State
Senate. He was first elected to the Senate in November 2006 and was reelected in
Senator McIlhinney currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice
Committee, which is responsible for reviewing legislation, regulations and
policies pertaining to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the
Pennsylvania State Police. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Game
and Fisheries Committee and as a member of the Labor and Industry, Rules and
Executive Nominations, State Government and Transportation Committees.
Throughout his career in public service, Senator McIlhinney has worked to
create and retain jobs for hardworking district residents. He authored a law in
2011 that helps companies prevent layoffs through the use of shared work
programs, and he played an instrumental role in passage of legislation to
protect Pennsylvania construction jobs by requiring employers to verify the
employment eligibility of new employees. Prior to his service in the General
Assembly, Senator McIlhinney worked as the Fiscal Director of the Bucks County
Office of Employment and Training, where he helped local welfare recipients
obtain good-paying jobs in the community.
Senator McIlhinney previously served as Chairman of the Senate State
Government Committee, where he oversaw the implementation of numerous reforms
designed to improve state government transparency, accountability and
operations. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator McIlhinney spent eight
years in the House of Representatives, where he served as Chairman of the House
Subcommittees on Information Technology and Land Use Management.
Senator McIlhinney has served as a strong advocate for open space
preservation and land use management. In 2008, he authored a law that preserved
Ingham Spring in Solebury Township, and also fought to improve statewide
drinking water quality standards. As a member of the House of Representatives,
he led efforts to improve energy efficiency and played a vital role in passage
of legislation that set statewide energy efficiency standards.
An active participant in the community, Senator McIlhinney has served as a
Doylestown Borough Councilman and a member of the Doylestown Kiwanis, Ancient
Order of Hibernians in America, Historic Fallsington, Bucks County Farm Bureau,
REP America, Bowmanís Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bucks County Audubon Society and
the Heritage Conservancy. He gained valuable experience in promoting local
economic development projects as a member of the Central Bucks County Chamber of
Commerce, Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and the
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Senator McIlhinney earned a degree in Finance from Bryant University. A
life-long resident of Bucks County, he resides in Doylestown Township with his
wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Charles McIlhinney, III and Gabriella