Attorney Steve Stambaugh, who is running for one of two open seats in York County, said he was proud of his deep roots here and thanks his parents for instilling a solid work ethic.
He also said his 34 years of experience as a personal injury attorney made him the best judicial candidate for the presidency of the York County Civil Court. He owns Stambaugh Law
“I think being a judge is an extremely high honor. I think it should be a keystone for a career,” Stambaugh told The York Dispatch. “And I think it’s time to give something back to the community.”
People of York may recognize the 57-year-old Spring Garden Township resident by his billboards, including those aimed at motorcyclists who have been injured in accidents.
Stambaugh has ridden all his adult life, usually on charitable rides, he said. As a child he rode dirt bikes – also to herd cows on a farm in Alabama. He was there visiting his brother, who was stationed with the Coast Guard in Mobile.
“I’ve been on bike rides all over the country,” he said, often taking his stepchildren “to see America.”
Long-time York attorney Steve Stambaugh (Photo: Courtesy Steve Stambaugh)
Motorcycle fan: Stambaugh serves on the board of directors of the York County Motor Officers Association, also known as the York County Motor Fund, which provides patrol motorcycles to local law enforcement agencies. “Said Stambaugh.
“We pay for officer training (and) for officer certification. We pay for the motorcycles and equipment on those motorcycles,” he said, noting that motorcycles are cheaper than cruisers for police station maintenance and operation.
Stambaugh is a member of York County’s Harley Davidson Owners Association, White Rose Motorcycle Club, Mason Dixon Alliance of Bikers (ABATE) and was Grand Marshal of the 25th York Bike Night in York in 2019.
He is also a bricklayer at No. 649 Red Lion Masonic Lodge.
A graduate of York Suburban High School in 1981, Stambaugh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 with a double degree in political science and psychology.
He then graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988 at the top of his class, he said.
He and his fiancée Louise Duncan have been together for 18 years and he helped raise their son and daughter, both adults, he said.
Lifetime of work: Stambaugh’s parents, Virginia and Donald Stambaugh, first taught him how to make a summer living between first and second grades, he said.
“They sat me at the dining table and asked me, ‘What are your plans for the summer?'” Stambaugh recalled, then brought the news that he would work at his father’s Gulf gas stations in York for two or three hours in the morning .
He was weeding, cleaning the bathrooms, checking the air pressure, pumping gas, and doing all the odd jobs, he said, and as he got older he ended up working all summer days seven days a week.
York attorney Steve Stambaugh (Photo: Submitted)
His mother worked for York County Domestic Relations and made sure that the parents paid their child support. Stambaugh said that over the years men came up to him to say his mother was tough.
“It stopped them from being dead fathers,” he said.
Stambaugh is cross-filed, which means it runs on both Republican and Democratic tickets.
He has worked in state and state courts in Pennsylvania for 34 years and practiced in a number of states, according to his campaign.
Deep York County Roots: Stambaugh said its roots in York County date back to the 1740s.
“I’m a huge history fan. You need to know your story to move forward,” he said.
Stambaugh feels sorry for the victims after spending decades representing people whose lives have been affected by tragedy, according to his campaign. His older brother was killed by a drunk driver in 1984.
– Reach crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.
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