A resident of Franklin County, Paul Schemel was first elected in 2014 to serve the 90th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
During the 2021-22 legislative session, Paul serves as a member of the Health, State Government, Energy and Environmental Resources, and Judiciary committees. Paul was also selected to serve as chairman of the subcommittee on health care.
Prior to his election to the House, Paul served six years on Greencastle Borough Council. During his tenure on the Borough Council, Paul was elected vice president of the Council and chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Business Administration in contract management from the University of Dallas in Texas, a Juris Doctor from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., and an international diploma in restorative justice from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada. Paul is a partner in the Franklin County law firm of Dick, Stein, Schemel, Wine & Frey, LLP, where he began his legal career in 1999. Paul was also an adjunct instructor at Penn State – Mont Alto, teaching business law and ethics.
Paul served the U.S. State Department for one year in Iraq as an advisor on local government and subsequently received the Expeditiary Service Award from the Secretary of State. Paul was also invited to participate in the Strategic Implementation Seminar at the U.S. Army War College and was awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout award by the Mason Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts.
Throughout his career, Paul has been an active supporter of his community. He is currently an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 99, Greencastle, and serves on the boards of directors of both Summit Health and the Waynesboro Hospital.
Paul and his wife, Lucy, live in Greencastle and have six children. The family belongs to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Greencastle, where they are active members. With the exception of those who have graduated, all of the children attend public school.