David M. Barasch


David M. Barasch
On July 23, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf appointed David M. Barasch to a second three-year term as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Governor Wolf had initially appointed Mr. Barasch to a three-year term as Chairman on October 8, 2015.

During his distinguished career in public service, Mr. Barasch has served as the Consumer Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1983-1990. In that position, Mr. Barasch became directly involved in exemplary cases such as the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and Duquesne Light Co. v. Barasch, which has since been regarded as one of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court utility cases of the last 70 years.

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Barasch served on Governor Robert Casey’s senior executive staff as Special Assistant to the Governor. In this position, he was the Governor’s advisor on all environmental, public utility, and insurance regulation matters.

Mr. Barasch then served as U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1993 to 2001. During his tenure, his office gained national recognition and received U.S. Department of Justice awards for initiatives in the fields of health care fraud, public corruption, environmental injustice, securities fraud, and complex civil litigation.

Following his time as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Barasch served as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 2007-2010, and has been most recently practicing law in the private sector.

After graduating summa cum laude from Stony Brook University in 1970, Mr. Barasch  enrolled in a Ph.D. program in political science at Harvard University and then received his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University Law School in 1974.

Mr. Barasch and his wife, Rhoda, currently reside in the Harrisburg area, and have two grown children.