Roy Afflerbach

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Roy C. Afflerbach
35th Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania
In office
January 7, 2002 – January 3, 2006
Preceded byBill Heydt
Succeeded byEd Pawlowski
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 6, 1987 – November 30, 1998
Preceded byGuy Kratzer
Succeeded byCharlie Dent
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 131st district
In office
January 4, 1983 – November 30, 1986
Preceded byJames Ritter
Succeeded byKaren Ritter
Personal details
Born (1945-02-06) February 6, 1945 (age 74)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Barbara Ann Kasper
Alma materKutztown University

Roy C. Afflerbach (born February 6, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American lobbyist and former Pennsylvania state senator and Representative. He was Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, from 2002 to 2006. In December 2004, after a difficult year, Afflerbach announced that he would not run for another term.

Military and education[edit]

He is a graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Air Force from 1963 through 1967. Afflerbach later earned his BA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and an MA in 1989.[1]

Political career[edit]

State legislative career[edit]

Afflerbach is a Democrat and began his career in politics as a State Representative, a position he held from 1983 through 1986, he later served as a State Senator from 1987 through 1998.

Mayoral career[edit]

Afflerbach served as Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania from 2002 through 2006, his final year in office was mired in difficulty dealing with Allentown's city council. Some former supporters asked for his resignation, and he was blamed for nearly bungling a deal to bring a minor league baseball park to Allentown, he also was accused of making poorly timed inflammatory remarks.[2]

Post-electoral career[edit]

After leaving office, Afflerbach started the Afflerbach Group, an Allentown-based lobbying firm. Among its causes are lobbying for an end to animal cruelty in Pennsylvania through factory farming practices known as "common farming exemptions." Afflerbach spoke in late 2007 at a fundraiser sponsored by Hugs for Puppies, a group pushing for the ban of the sale of foie gras in Philadelphia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roy C. Afflerbach (D)". Official Pennsylvania Senate Profile. Pennsylvania Senate. Archived from the original on 1997-01-02.
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