Senator Pam Iovino was sworn in on April 29, 2019 to represent the 37th State Senatorial District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She has dedicated her life to public service, serving 23 years in the U.S. Navy and representing veterans at the federal and local levels prior to her election to the Pennsylvania Senate.
After receiving a commission from Officer Candidate School and graduating with distinction in 1980, her Navy service included tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower Analyst, Anti-terrorism Intelligence Watch Officer, Network Warfare Program Manager, Congressional Liaison, and four Commanding officer assignments, including the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Pittsburgh. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Senator Iovino attained the rank of Captain and retired from the Navy in 2003 upon nomination by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve at the VA, where she was the chief advocate for all legislative matters on Capitol Hill for our Nation’s 25 million veterans.
Senator Iovino returned to Western Pennsylvania in 2009 as an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University. In 2017, she became Director of Veterans’ Services for Allegheny County.
Senator Iovino has served as a Board Member of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania and a member of the Governor’s Women Veterans Committee. She currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.
Senator Iovino has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College (1978) and a master’s degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College (1992). She serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee and sits on the Committees on Appropriations; Communications & Technology; Community, Economic & Recreational Development; and Labor & Industry. She was born and raised in the Borough of Whitehall, PA in the 37th District, and currently resides in Mt. Lebanon, PA.