Lancaster County DA Craig Stedman Elected to PDAA Executive Committee

November 4, 2016

Harrisburg, PA –The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced today that Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman was elected to its executive committee. His nomination was approved unanimously during the PDAA executive committee’s fall meeting.  Since 2012, Stedman has served on the Board of Directors of the association’s education and training arm, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.

“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has earned a well-deserved reputation for protecting fairness and integrity in the criminal justice system,” said PDAA President and Lebanon County District Attorney David J. Arnold. “We welcome District Attorney Stedman to the executive committee and look forward to his input and leadership as we work to make Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system the best it can be.”

Throughout its history, PDAA has been well-known for its leadership in matters of public safety.  Most recently, the association successfully led efforts to: reform Pennsylvania’s child protection laws; establish historic, first-time state funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers; create a statewide prescription drug return and disposal program to help fight back against prescription drug abuse; and administer the distribution of life-saving naloxone to municipal police departments.

Stedman has served in the role of District Attorney since January 2008. Prior to his election, Stedman served as Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster for seventeen years, eventually serving as chief of the Major Crimes Unit. He also served as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserve.  In addition to his recent appointment to the PDAA Executive Committee, Stedman serves on PDAA’s Best Practices Committee, as well as the Lancaster County Prison Board, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Strategic Planning Work Group, Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, and the Historic Rock Ford Plantation.

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 it was founded 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 impact the prosecution of criminal cases, victim rights and public safety.