Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria, was first elected to the state House in 2008. He was born in Johnstown on Feb. 2, 1957, and is the fourth generation of his family to provide legal services in western Pennsylvania. He is also an active volunteer and has held numerous positions in his parish, Our Mother of Sorrows.
Barbin received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Richmond in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. He takes pride in having worked his way through college as a union construction worker with Laborer's International Union of North America 910.
With his election to the state House, Mr. Barbin will have served in each of the three branches of state government. Barbin began his public service in 1982 as judicial clerk to Henry X. O'Brien, then chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In 1983, Barbin continued public service as deputy attorney general in the Tax and Finance Section of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, where he co-authored "Hotel Occupancy Tax" in Pennsylvania Tax Services.
In 1989, Barbin began the private practice of law by opening an office in Harrisburg. Barbin has extensive experience in state government representing individuals and businesses in matters before all Pennsylvania state administrative agencies. In 2000, he returned to Johnstown as a partner in the law firm of Gleason, McQuillan, Barbin & Markovitz LLP.
Volunteering is a passion for Barbin. In addition to contributing to his church as a former parish council member and athletic director for the school, he also participates as a youth sports coach. Barbin is a proud member of the Daisytown Sportsmen's Club, the Johnstown Elks Club and serves as chairman of the Point Stadium Sports Award Committee.
Legislative priorities include providing incentives to ensure the success of Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters and senior citizen centers, and making college education more affordable for middle-income families. His economic development priorities include working to create additional jobs in Pennsylvania's steel and coal industries.
Barbin resides in Johnstown with his wife Tammy. Together they have four children: Brad, Josh, Gap and Mackenzie.