Michael Folmer Biography
Michael Folmer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania is a Pennsylvania State Senator who represented the 48th district, which includes all of Lebanon County and portions of Dauphin and York Counties, from 2007 to 2019. He is a member of the Republican Party.
My Office has arrested PA State Senator Michael Folmer for possession of child pornography.
No one — no matter what position of power they hold — is above the law.https://t.co/6xVgY6Gphe
— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) September 18, 2019
Michael Folmer Age
He is a 63-year-old Republican party member.
Michael Folmer Early Life, Education
Folmer was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lebanon Senior High School in 1974, he attended Grace College (in Indiana) where he majored in History with a minor in Biblical Studies and Philosophy and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. He returned to the Lebanon Valley where he resumed work with the family business.
Michael Folmer Family, Married, Wife, Children
Folmer married his wife, Sheila, and witnessed the birth of his first child while he completed coursework at Grace College.
Michael Folmer City council membership
The investigation was prompted after Tumblr alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography. The police later traced the Tumblr account to Senator Michael Folmer’s home. https://t.co/srFiX1ggzd
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 19, 2019
In 1986, Folmer was elected to Lebanon City Council as a Democrat. He tallied the highest plurality of votes for a Democrat in a municipal election at the time.
While on City Council, Folmer served as the Director of Public Safety, which included managing and enforcing the municipal codes. He trained with the city’s volunteer firemen (1986 certification) and completed a course of fire service cost efficiency hosted by the state Department of Community Affairs (1987 certification). Fulfilling a term limits pledge, he left public service and held various jobs in the private sector.
Folmer became a Republican sometime after his tenure on the city council. In 2005, Folmer and other local concerned citizens organized the Constitutional Organization Of Lebanon (COOL).
Michael Folmer Pennsylvania senate
Pennsylvania state senator Michael Folmer (R, PA-SD-48) has been charged with possession of child pornography, attorney general says#Pennsylvania #PASD48 #PApol #PApolitics #GOPhypocrisy #familyvalues#VoteBlue #VoteDem #DemsWork4USAhttps://t.co/cGpt7BVrMW
— Su Mohan #WinBlue? #DemsWork4USA?? (@SuMoh7) September 18, 2019
In 2006, Folmer, who was known through his campaign as “Citizen Mike”, was one of several challengers whose campaigns were sparked by the 2005 legislative pay raise. Folmer’s district was represented by 25-year incumbent Chip Brightbill, the Senate majority leader. Brightbill, along with Senate President pro tempore Robert Jubelirer took much of the criticism for the pay raise and were among the primary targets of activists seeking to vote out legislators who supported it.
His campaign’s largest contributor was Bob Guzzardi, however, most of his funding came from small donations of individuals within his district.
On election day, Folmer overcame Brightbill’s 20–1 fundraising advantage of a million dollars to fifty thousand and won with over 63% of the vote. Folmer went on to defeat Democrat John Liss in the general election with over 63% of the vote.
In the 2010 election, Mike Folmer was challenged by Democrat Jo Ellen Litz, one of Lebanon County’s three County Commissioners. He was re-elected with over 72% of the vote.
In 2013, Folmer became the majority chair for the Pennsylvania Senate committee on education.
Folmer was unopposed and won the 2014 primary and general elections with 2,359 and 12,919 votes, respectively.
In 2015, Folmer became the majority chair of the Pennsylvania Senate’s State Government committee.
Folmer was unopposed in the 2018 primary election, with 4,121 votes, and defeated Democrat Lois K. Herr in November’s general election.
Michael Folmer Arrest in Child Sexual Abuse and resignation
14/ Four-term Pennsylvania Republican Senator Michael Folmer (Lebanon) arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication device.#ConservativeValues #PA48 #FamilyValueshttps://t.co/uuLk1RuvwN pic.twitter.com/ozgXiZQyuS
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) September 18, 2019
Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Folmer handed in his letter of resignation Wednesday amid allegations that police found child pornography on his phone, Senate leaders said.
Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service.
Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged Tuesday night, the state attorney general’s office said. Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer’s cellphone after they executed a search warrant at his house in Lebanon County and asked him to turn it over.
In February, the social media site, Tumblr, sent a complaint to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user had uploaded at least one image that contained suspected child pornography in December 2017, according to court papers provided by the attorney general’s office.
“Pa. state Sen. Michael Folmer resigns after child pornography charge
Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer has resigned after being charged with possession of child pornography. Authorities said they discovered images of child pornography on his cellphone” https://t.co/uonfUAImSZ
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) September 19, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- A Pennsylvania state senator was arrested Tuesday on child porn charges, the state Attorney General announced
- Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, 63, was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility
- Law enforcement say they found images of child pornography on Folmer’s cellphone when they executed a search warrant at his Lebanon home
- Officials said an investigation into the matter began after authorities received a tip that a user of the microblogging site Tumblr uploaded an image of child porn
- The investigation led officials to Folmer’s home