March 6, 2012

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced today that Butler County District Attorney Richard A. Goldinger has been elected to fill a vacancy on its executive committee. Goldinger’s nomination was approved unanimously by the PDAA executive board during the PDAA winter meeting.

“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is the leading advocate in our state for prosecutors, law enforcement, victims, and their families,” said Crawford County District Attorney and PDAA President Francis Schultz. “As president of PDAA, I know that District Attorney Goldinger’s experience will serve us well as we provide input on public policy issues and efforts which will impact the prosecution of criminal cases, victim rights and public safety.”

Prior to his election to the PDAA executive committee, Goldinger served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, the education and training arm of the association. Goldinger was first elected Butler County District Attorney in 2008.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the PDAA. In honor of the occasion, the association launched the 100 Years 100 Mentors program, a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit 100 new mentors from within prosecutor’s ranks and their communities. Throughout its history, PDAA has been well known for its leadership. Most recently the association successfully led efforts to fix loopholes in Megan’s Law, ban the use and sale of dangerous synthetic drugs; reform Pennsylvania’s prison system; and institute new, more stringent practice standards for juvenile prosecutors.

About the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association: PDAA is comprised of approximately 1,000 members and is charged with providing uniformity and efficiency in the discharge of duties and functions of Pennsylvania’s 67 district attorneys and their assistants. Since its founding in 1912, the association has dutifully sponsored extensive training programs and reported legal and legislative developments of importance to Pennsylvania prosecutors. In addition, the association is often called upon by legislative leaders at the state and national level to address public policy issues and efforts which will impact the prosecution of criminal cases, victim rights and public safety.