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Pennsylvania House 6th District

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District profile:
The narrowly Democratic 6th District is an irregular chunk of southeastern Pennsylvania encompassing the Philadelphia suburbs.
2004 results: Republican Jim Gerlach defeated Democrat Lois Murphy 51 percent to 49 percent.
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JIM GERLACH (R)

Elected in 2002; seeking third term; Gerlach was unopposed in the primary.

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  • Born: Feb. 25, 1955; Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Family: Married (Karen); three children, three stepchildren.
  • Education: Dickinson College, J.D., 1980; B.A. 1977.
  • Professional: Attorney, 1980-2002.
  • Military: None.

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LOIS MURPHY (D)
Murphy, an attorney, was nominated with 76 percent in a two-way primary.

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  • Born: Feb. 2, 1963; Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Family: Married (Benjamin); two children.
  • Education: Harvard University, J.D., 1987; B.A., 1984.
  • Professional: Attorney; professor, Temple University School of Law; counsel, NARAL.
  • Military: None.