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State Rep Paul Clymer reflects on career of 34 years

Published On: Jan 24 2014 05:09:34 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 06:30:24 PM CST

For more than three decades State Representative Paul Clymer has been the model of political stability.

For more than three decades State Representative Paul Clymer has been the model of political stability.

But the Republican who served 17 terms, and 34 years in office has decided to not run for re-election and will step away November 2014.

Clymer's career included a decade-long battle with a Springfield township tire dump, which he eventually helped to win in 1998.

"You'd look at the landfill and see three thousand tires," he recalled.

In 2005, he went against the Harrisburg grain by introducing two bills repealing the legislators' self granted pay raise, better known as the "Bonusgate" scandal.

"I could not do what I thought was the wrong direction for us to go," he said.

Clymer positioned himself on his own terms.

However, he says his biggest source of political pride, fighting to keep gambling and casinos out of Pennsylvania, led to perhaps his deepest political pain.

"When they passed a bill early on July 4th 2004, I was depressed that we had lost the fight we had waged," Clymer confided.

While Clymer may have been the captain for anti-gambling crusades, he's also been called the consummate gentleman.

East Rockhill Township Supervisor David Nyman has worked with Clymer for more than 20 years.

"I've never seen him lose his temper and act ungentlemanly if you will," Nyman said.

From bridge openings, to crucial votes on the caucus floor, Paul Clymer did it all the only way he knows how, with class.