|Rep. Mark Painter
146th Legislative District
State Representative Mark Painter is an eighth-generation Pennsylvanian. He grew up in Stowe, graduated from Pottsgrove High School and went on to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and law. There he met his wife, Coleen, a United Methodist minister and retired Army Reserve chaplain. They married in 1981.
Mark and Coleen raised two refugee foster children from Southeast Asia and two biological sons, who have autism. When their sons were diagnosed with autism, Mark and Coleen became concerned about the lack of access to special education programs. They organized other parents of special needs children, and helped develop newer programs for students with autism. This experience led Mark into the field of special education law, where he represented parents advocating for better services from their school districts.
From 1998 to 2012, Mark served almost four terms as tax collector for Limerick Township, until he was elected to the House. Mark attends St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick, where he has also taught Sunday School. He is a lifetime member of the Limerick Historical Society, and serves on the board of directors of the Royersford Free Public Library and Royersford Community Chest.