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Norman Berson
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
1969–1982
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Paul Semmel
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
1967–1968
Personal details
Born (1926-11-19)November 19, 1926[1]
New York City, New York
Died December 7, 2019(2019-12-07) (aged 93)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic

Norman S. Berson (November 19, 1926 – December 7, 2019) was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1967 to 1982.[2]

Formative years[edit | edit source]

Born in New York City, New York on November 19, 1926, Berson graduated from the George School in 1946,[3][citation needed] before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in 1950 and his Bachelor of Law (L.L.B) from Temple's Law School in 1953. A member of the United States Army during World War II, he served from 1945 to 1946.[4]

Professionally, he was then employed as an attorney.[5]

Political career[edit | edit source]

A Democrat, Berson was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1966, serving a total of eight consecutive terms. Appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing in 1979, he served until 1982. He was not a candidate for reelection to the House in 1982.[6]

In 1977, Berson introduced a bill to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession.[7]

Later professional life[edit | edit source]

Serving as "of counsel" with Fineman Krekstein & Harris PC from 1981 to the present (as of summer 2019), he has also been a Director for RCM Technologies, Inc. (1987–present).[8]

Death[edit | edit source]

Berson died of Parkinson's disease on December 7, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at age 93.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pennsylvania. Dept. of General Services; Pennsylvania. Bureau of Publications; Pennsylvania. Dept. of Property and Supplies (1971). The Pennsylvania Manual. 100. Department of General Services. ISSN 0275-8814. https://books.google.ca/books?id=07FZAAAAYAAJ. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  2. Cox, Harold. "House Members B". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. http://staffweb.wilkes.edu/harold.cox/legis/B.html. 
  3. "Norman S. Berson". https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=537&body=H. 
  4. "Norman S. Berson" (biography). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania House of Representatives, retrieved online July 12, 2019.
  5. "Norman S. Berson" (biography), Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  6. "Norman S. Berson" (biography), Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  7. Stein, Anne Marie. "Decriminalization of Marijuana Likely in Future." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Daily Pennsylvanian, April 13, 1977.
  8. "Norman S. Berson" (biography), Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  9. "Norman Berson, 93, longtime state representative and champion of liberal cause". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2019-12-07. https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/norman-berson-house-representative-philadelphia-obituary-20191208.html. Retrieved 2019-12-10. 

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