As a family man, public servant and successful entrepreneur, Rep. George Dunbar brings a combination of real-life experience and commitment to integrity to his role as a state lawmaker.
George was sworn in to serve his fourth term as state representative for the 56th Legislative District in January 2017. During the 2017-18 session, George has been appointed to serve as majority vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In addition, he is also a member of the Commerce, Finance (vice chairman) and Gaming Oversight committees.
Since taking office in 2011, George has successfully advanced three major pieces of reform legislation into law.
Act 108 of 2011 permits the sale of county property and surplus farm products through electronic online auctions and also allows county commissioners to eliminate the costly position of jury commissioner.
Act 42 of 2014 shields Pennsylvania job creators from being double-taxed by various municipalities, cities and other local governments.
Act 149 of 2014 strictly prohibits any state employee from evaluating any state contract proposal submitted by a former employer, less than two years following the date of the state employee’s separation with the employer. In addition to limiting undue influence or pay-to-play politics in the state contracting procurement process, Act 149 prohibits any individual or organization engaged in investment activities with Iran from entering into state contracts for goods or services.
Before his election to the House, George served as the controller and chief financial officer at Ryco Inc. Prior to that, he ran his own business – Dunbar Consulting and Accounting – from 2005 to 2007. George earned additional management experience when he served as executive vice president at Wright Industries Inc. until 2005.
George has served his community in a variety of different roles. From serving as a board member with the Penn Trafford Basketball Association to fulfilling his duties as a member of the Penn Area Library Board, the Penn Trafford Area Sewer Authority and as a Penn Township commissioner.
George’s commitment to community is second only to his dedication to family. George and his wife, Sandy, have been blessed with four daughters: Stephanie, Erin, Alexandra and Samantha. The 56th Legislative District covers part of Westmoreland County and includes part of the townships of Hempfield, North Huntington and Penn; and the boroughs of Irwin, North Irwin, and Trafford.
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