Commissioner Tim Solobay served as a state Senator and prior to that served six terms in the state House of Representatives.
A lifelong resident of Canonsburg, Solobay has been a member of the Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department since 1978, served as chief for four years, and is currently assistant chief. He also served as the initial chairman of Washington County’s Children’s Fire Safety House project.
Solobay has been an emergency medical technician and an instructor for the EMT program. He continues to teach CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) for the American Heart Association.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the California Coastal University in Santa Ana, Calif., and is a graduate of Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.
Prior to becoming a state legislator, Solobay served as state constable in Canonsburg from 1982 to 1998. He worked as a radiographer at Canonsburg Hospital, and was the CAT and MRI department supervisor at Washington Hospital.
Continuing his experience in emergency management, Solobay was appointed Democratic chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and as the Senates appointee to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Solobay serves on many local boards, including the Community Action Southwest Board, the, Western Career and Technology Center Board, Mon Valley Career and Technology Center Board, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Washington/Greene Chapter Advisory Board, Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Board, and the California University of Pennsylvania Social Work Board of Advisors.
Solobay is a member of Canonsburg’s United Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a deacon and elder. He is involved in the local Masonic orders and has received his 33rd degree. He is married to Karen Hoholak Solobay. They have a son, Justin, and daughter, Kristen and two granddaughters, Ava Jane and Sarah Elizabeth.