Edward M. Marsico Jr. is a 1981 graduate of East Pennsboro Area High School and salutatorian of his class. His teachers always knew he would find success, and he has proved them right. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University in 1885 and a Law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1988. Following his graduation from law school, then District Attorney Richard A. Lewis appointed him as a deputy District Attorney for Dauphin County. He was successively promoted to Senior Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney. In 1994, District Attorney John Cherry named Ed as First Assistant District Attorney and in that position, he served as chief drug prosecutor and second-in-command of the District Attorney’s office. He also prosecuted many murders and violent felonies.
In 1999, Ed ran for office and was elected District Attorney for Dauphin County, earning re-election in 2003 and 2007. Among his many accomplishments as District Attorney, he instituted an investigating grand jury system for the first time in the county. This system has resulted in numerous convictions for murders and other serious crimes. In addition, he has taken a leadership role in the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, where he currently serves as the organization’s Vice President and will transition into the Presidency in 2011.
Ed gives back to the community as an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law and Harrisburg Area Community College. He frequently serves as a lecturer for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program and the ARC of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.
According to his nominator, Ed has dedicated his legal career to public service. His academic record would have given him access to a position in the most influential of law firms, but he chose the path of public service.
Ed resides in Lower Paxton Township with his wife Jodi and their four sons. Many people pursue careers that will assure high pay and comfortable surroundings. However, answering the call of public service results in modest pay, long hours, and many sacrifices. Ed has dedicated his career to serving and representing the public. We can all sleep safer knowing that Ed’s commitment to the people of central Pennsylvania helps to put many criminals behind bars.