Meet Kerry Benninghoff

Kerry Benninghoff is a small government conservative who believes that a government by the people should work for the people.

During his time in the House of Representatives, Benninghoff has delivered for the people of Centre and Mifflin counties by fighting to keep state spending low, opposing broad-based tax increases, investing in students, voting to advance pro-life legislation, fighting for Second Amendment rights, empowering families, and ensuring constituents receive the state services they need and deserve.

Benninghoff’s tenure in the General Assembly has been marked by a record of significant legislative achievement and continued trust among his colleagues to lead on sound conservative principles that put the people of Pennsylvania first.

Of note Benninghoff, an adoptee, was the author of landmark legislation that gives children born in Pennsylvania and subsequently placed for adoption the ability to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate. Last session, Benninghoff authored legislation that did away with an arcane area of state law that essentially re-victimized rape victims by requiring them to find a surrogate family for a subsequent child before they could sever the parental rights of the rapist.

This session, Benninghoff wrote the legislation that ended Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency powers and restored government of, by, and for the people.

Predating his time in the General Assembly, Benninghoff worked in construction and worked as a hospital orderly. Later, he served Centre County for two terms as county coroner.

Benninghoff is active in the Bellefonte Borough community, which is always dear to his heart. He is the founding member and active participant in a number of local non-profit and charity organizations, including Leadership Centre County. He is an active member of the Bellefonte Kiwanis Club and supports law enforcement through membership in the Fraternal Order of Police, Bald Eagle Lodge No. 51. As a man of faith, Benninghoff is a long-time member of Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte.

Benninghoff graduated from State College Area High School, later attending Pennsylvania State University. He received advanced training in the Certified Coroners Training Program conducted in Hershey by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Benninghoff resides in Bellefonte and is the father of five children – Michael, Heather, Amy, Kelley and Ryleigh as well as a growing brood of grandchildren.