Santoni appointed to Pa. Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody has appointed Dante Santoni of Reading, Berks County, to a two-year term on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Santoni served 20 years in the House of Representatives and served as Democratic chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee. He voted for the 2004 law that permitted slots gaming at up to 14 venues and established the seven-member Gaming Control Board to regulate the new industry.

“Dante Santoni is well versed in the issues and questions that come before the Gaming Control Board, and he understands the value of Pennsylvania’s gaming industry which employs thousands of people and delivers millions of dollars in tax relief every year,” Dermody said.

Dermody noted that although the board was formed 12 years ago, it continues to deal with substantive questions relating to the maintenance and measured expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania. He said Santoni is well prepared to contribute his expertise to the board’s work.

“He has a very important quality we always need in government, and that’s common sense,” Dermody said.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve Pennsylvania in this new capacity,” Santoni said.

Santoni is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Villanova University.