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Representative Karen Boback is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania. “I was born and
raised in Lackawanna County, spent forty years of my professional life in Wyoming County, and have
been an active resident of Luzerne County for forty-eight years. I have always been an integral part of
these communities.”

Karen is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Kingston; College Misericordia, Dallas;
Marywood University, Scranton; and The University of Pennsylvania. She has earned a bachelor’s
degree in elementary/special education; two master’s degrees: one in guidance, one in education; and
a Ph.D. in organizational leadership.

Karen is a dedicated educator. She was employed by the Tunkhannock Area School District for
thirty-three years as a teacher and guidance counselor, and was an adjunct professor at College
Misericordia. She has been recognized several times for her dedication and excellence as an
educator. She was nominated and chosen for the 1994 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s
Teachers and the 1988 edition of Who’s Who in American Education. In 2006, Karen received the
Excellence in Education Award from College Misericordia. She expressed her commitment of
continuing her dedication to education and her positive influence on the youth of her community when
she stated, “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 and 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.

Rep. Boback is an active member in: the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Kiwanis,
Dallas Rotary, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, The General Federation of
Women’s Clubs - Harveys Lake, the Harveys Lake Lion’s Club, The Luzerne County Farm Bureau,
the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the Wyoming County Chamber of

Karen is past president of the Back Mountain Memorial Library board of directors and Dallas
Women of Rotary. She has served on the board of directors of Harveys Lake Protective Association
and the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre. Karen is an auxiliary member of the American Legion in
Harveys Lake and an active member of her church, Our Lady of Victory, where she serves as lector
and minister of the Eucharist.

First elected in 2006, Karen Boback has represented the 117th District in the Pennsylvania House of
Representatives for the past 7 years. She presently serves on the House Appropriations Committee,
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Tourism Committee, and Gaming
Oversight Committee.  

Karen and her husband, Bernard J. Boback, Jr. have been married for thirty-eight years and have two
children: Karen Christina, and Bernard J. Boback III.
Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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