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Sons of Italy® National Past President Montemuro Appointed Chairman of Pennsylvania Redistricting Committee

Press Contact: Diane E. Crespy, (202) 547-2900 dcrespy@osia.org

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2001 - Frank J. Montemuro, Jr., a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and national past president of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the largest and longest established organization representing Americans of Italian descent, was selected to head the commission charged with redrawing Pennsylvania state legislative districts, June 7, 2001.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court named Montemuro chairman of the commission that will configure 203 new House and 50 new Senate districts to account for population changes in the 2000 census. The Pennsylvania state constitution gives power to the head of the redistricting commission to decide the final legislative district map in the event of tying votes.

"Frank Montemuro is an honorable and fair-minded man who has the best interests of Pennsylvania in mind," state House Minority Leader H. William DeWeese said.

Montemuro, 75, is currently a senior judge assigned to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He has been a jurist on both trial and appellate courts for the last 36 years. His career as a jurist includes serving as a Superior Court Judge for twelve years and as Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for three years.

A member of OSIA since 1946, Montemuro was elected president of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania by acclamation in June 1969. He was re-elected by acclamation to the same post in 1971, 1973 and 1975. In 1977, Montemuro was elected OSIA national president by acclamation and re-elected in 1979. He served as national president until 1981.

During his two terms as national president, the OSIA National Office in Washington, D.C., was purchased and the position of executive director was established. Under his leadership, $1.5 million was collected for the victims of a 1980 earthquake in Southern Italy and an additional $1.3 million was received as a match from the United States Agency for International Development.

Montemuro founded the Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ), the anti-defamation arm of OSIA, which works to replace false and discriminatory portrayals of Italian Americans with positive images. He has served as both president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CSJ, and currently serves as president emeritus.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Justinian Society Anti-Defamation Committee, the Judicial Inquiry & Review Board and the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia. Montemuro is a member of numerous civic organizations including, the Police Athletic League, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, March of Dimes, and Bustleton Lions Club.

He currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa., with his wife Peggy. They have three sons, Frank, Michael and Anthony

For more information please contact at 202/547-2900 or nationaloffice@osia.org. Also visit the Order Sons of Italy in America® online at www.osia.org.