Former State Rep. John Myers, who served the 201st legislative district in Harrisburg for nearly 17 years, died on Sun., Dec. 6. He was 68.
Myers was born October 17, 1947, in Philadelphia. He graduated from Germantown High School in 1965, and served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1968. Myers later received a master’s degree in human services from Lincoln University in 1993.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Special Election on Nov. 7, 1995 to serve the remaining 1995 term. He was sworn-in on Nov. 21, 1995, and was re-elected to eight consecutive terms thereafter, representing constituents in parts of Germantown, Mt. Airy, West Oak Land and Ogontz. He was not a candidate for reelection to the House in 2012.
Myers was a member of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, the Northwest Action Committee, the Germantown Business Association, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and Prince Hall Masons.
During his tenure in the state house, he was a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Liquor Control committees and was also Chair of Subcommittees for the Appropriations and Health and Human Services Committees.
The fate of Myers’ son, Shamari Taylor, has remained a mystery past Myers’ death. The then 26-year-old son and the son’s girlfriend were kidnapped from a car in Overbrook Park in August 2006. The girlfriend was released later that day. The whereabouts of Taylor were never uncovered.
On Myers’ death, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania extended heartfelt condolences to Myers’ wife Joyce; daughter, Tracie Page; brothers, Eric, David and William, Jr.; sisters, Gwendolyn Ewell and Maryann Perry; and many other family members, friends and colleagues.