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State Representative Karen Boback, Ph.D. was elected in 2006 to serve the 117th
Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She is now serving her
fifth term as State Representative. Since Karen is a lifelong resident of Northeastern
Pennsylvania, she understands the issues facing her district. “I was born and raised in
Lackawanna County, spent forty years of my professional life in Wyoming County, and
have been a resident of Luzerne County for forty-nine years. I have always been an
integral part of these communities.”

Representative Boback works hard to be Accessible, Approachable and Attentive to all
the people of her district. She is an advocate for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable
citizens; a founding member of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force;
and an advocate for the protection of our environment.

Representative Boback is a serious advocate for the Commonwealth's children. In 2014,
House Bill 1420, authored by Rep Boback, mandated pulse oximetry testing for
newborns. This test is one of the effective ways to detect potentially life-threatening
heart defects. In 2014, the bill was signed into law as Act 94.

In 2015, Representative Boback was selected by House Majority Whip Brian Cutler to
serve as the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare.

For the 2015-2016 legislation session Karen serves on the

  • Appropriations Committee
  • Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Tourism and Recreation Development Committee
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Representative Boback has enthusiastically pursued an education. She earned a:

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education from College
  • Master's degree in elementary guidance from Marywood University
  • Master's degree in education with a specialization in technology from
    Misericordia University
  • Ph.D in organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Supervisory Certificate/School Guidance Counseling from the University of

Karen is a positive influence on the youth of her community and has dedicated her
life to improving education. She taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District
for 33 years and served as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and
Misericordia University.

Representative Boback has been recognized for her impact on education. She
was chosen to represent her school district in the 1994 edition of Who’s Who
Among America’s Teachers and the 1988 edition of Who's Who in American
Education. Karen was presented the Excellence in Education Award by College
Misericordia in 2006. “I have spent much of my professional life as a public
school teacher and college professor, and I have met many families who are
concerned about the future of their children. I can't think of anything more
rewarding to do than to be a legislator in order to help write laws to preserve the
values we have instilled in the children of the 21st century.”

Representative Karen Boback is always helping and serving others as she
continues to be an active member of her community. You have probably seen her
working on a Scholarship Fund raising project at the Luzerne County Fair;
auctioning items at the Back Mountain Memorial Library; awarding scholarships
on behalf of GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs), Harveys Lake;
raising money to donate a defibrillator to the Harveys Lake Ambulance
Association; dedicating a flag pole at the entrance of Harveys Lake; delivering
Christmas cheer baskets for senior citizens in the area; selling tee shirts to raise
money for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society); and co-chairing the
Harveys Lake Homecoming committee for Lake Beautification. Whenever and
wherever she is needed, Karen is there to help.

As someone who highly regards community involvement, Representative Boback
actively participates in the following community organizations:

  • The Greater Federation of Women’s Club – Harveys Lake
  • Dallas Rotary
  • Dallas Kiwanis
  • Harveys Lake Lion’s Club
  • Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club
  • Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce
  • Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce
  • The Federation of Sportsmen’s’ Clubs
  • The Luzerne County Farm Bureau

Karen has received numerous honors from various organizations:

  • Harveys Lake Citizen of the Year in 2006
  • Best of the Back Mountain – Elected Official 2008 and 2009
  • 2008 Session “Best of Breed” Legislator Award from the Pennsylvania
    Federation of dog clubs
  • 2009 Mother Mary Catharine McGann Alumni Achievement Award from
    Misericordia University
  • Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year
    Award 2009
  • District 8 Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year
    Award 2010;
  • Named in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in American Politics;
  • NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) 2013 Guardian of
    Small Business Award

Representative Boback is past president of the Back Mountain Memorial Library
board of directors and Dallas Women of Rotary. She served on the board of
directors of Harveys Lake Protective Association and the Junior League of
Wilkes-Barre. She is an auxiliary member of the American Legion in Harveys
Lake; and an active member of her church, Our Lady of Victory, where she is a
Lector and Minister of the Eucharist.

Karen and her husband, Bernard J. Boback, Jr. have two children: Karen
Christina, and Bernard J. Boback III.
Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Friends of
117th District Representative