The 82-year-old Republican from the Back Mountain area represented the 20th Senatorial District from 1985 through 2006. Lemmond was a former Luzerne County judge and first assistant district attorney.
The last time I had the pleasure of speaking with Senator Lemmond was at an event for Walter Griffith in 2009. It would be accurate to say he stole the show. He wasn't planning to speak but the crowd demanded it.You could feel the respect and affection that people had for him.
Here are some of his legislative highlights:
1985 Won a special election to fill the vacancy left by outgoing Sen. FrankO'Connell Jr.
1986 Won his first general election against Democrat Joseph Bilbow
1989 Only Luzerne County lawmaker to vote against a law that imposed new restrictions on abortions in Pennsylvania
1991 Led Pennsylvania's redistricting effort after the 1990 census
1992 Helped write Pennsylvania's living-will law, called the Advance Directive for Health Care Act of 1992.
1995 Sponsored law to allow judges to consider an adult defendant's juvenile record in determining bail.
2001 Again helped redraw Pennsylvania's congressional districts after the 2000 census.
2004 Voted against Act 71, which expanded gambling in Pennsylvania by legalizing slot machines at 14 locations around the state.
I guess the best description of him is that he is a Rockefeller Republican. An endangered species these days.
He was instrumental in helping Lisa Baker succeed him. Her statement: