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Biden appoints Newtown resident to U.S. commission


President Joe Biden announced on May 31 his intent to appoint John F. Cordisco to be a member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.

Cordisco began practicing law in 1987 and has spent the last 37 years representing victim’s rights. He is a partner at the law firm of Cordisco & Saile located in Trevose.

At the age of 24, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served three terms and was credited for legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans’ Commission, which is still active today assisting veterans exposed to Agent Orange, as well as the construction of a third Veterans’ Home located in southeastern Pennsylvania. For his efforts, Cordisco has been recognized by several veterans’ groups, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The National Vietnam Veterans’ Organization.

Since leaving the legislature, Cordisco has chaired and served on several state and local boards and agencies including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, Bucks County Community College Authority, and the Pennsylvania Joint Toll Commission. Beyond politics and law, Cordisco’s humanitarian efforts include the creation of Have a Heart, a charity responsible for financing summer programs and two accessible playgrounds in Bucks County. Additionally, Cordisco has partnered with charities responsible for the construction of infrastructure, schools, orphanages, feeding centers and housing throughout Central America.

Cordisco has three children and six grandchildren. He resides in Newtown.

The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad was established in 1985 to ensure that sites important to populations impacted by Nazism, communism, and the Cold War would be preserved for future generations. The commission’s mission is to identify, protect and preserve cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that are associated with U.S. heritage. The work recognizes that the population of the United States is mostly comprised of immigrants and their descendants, and that the United States has an interest in the preservation of sites in other countries related to the heritage of these Americans.

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