- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. (AP) - A former state lawmaker who spent three decades in the state House representing central Pennsylvania has died. Robert Belfanti Jr. was 68.

The (Sunbury) Daily Item (https://bit.ly/2ePZ4Li ) reports that an obituary provided by the Joseph Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home said Belfanti died Saturday at home surrounded by family members after a long battle with serious medical problems.

First elected in 1980 in 107th District, Belfanti bucked Democratic leaders in a successful effort to save what was then Shamokin State General Hospital from divestiture and also helped secure funding for local highway projects such as the widening of Route 901 from Locust Summit to Interstate 81.

Retiring from public service in 2010, he enjoyed spending time in later years with his family, especially his grandchildren, at a campground near Winfield

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