Pennsylvania State House District 146
2018 Race Update: Joe won 55.53% to 44.47%
Joe, Pam, and their 19-year-old son, Danny, live in Limerick Township where they purchased a home in 2001. He was elected in 2003 to the Spring-Ford Area School Board, where he served for 12-plus years, including three years as president and three years as vice president.
Once his son graduated, Joe decided not to run for another term on the school board.
One of three children, Joe was born in Long Island, New York, to Maria and James Ciresi. His father worked at a hydraulic filter factory and became a shop steward for the United Auto Workers. Always one to value life-long learning, his mother earned her high school diploma at the age of 65.
With the assistance of student loans and part-time jobs, Joe was the first in his family to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in 1992, where he met his wife, Pam. After graduation, he worked odd jobs to make ends meet until landing a sales position with Encore magazine.
Starting around the age of 6, Joe began participating in live performance arts and continues to do so today. Locally, Joe is a board member of the Trappe Community Music School, as well as a steering committee member of Steel River Theatre (where he also performs). For the past three years, he has served as the board president of Petra Community Housing, a nonprofit organization that improves the availability of affordable housing.
For the last 16 years, Joe has worked as the Director of Sales and Promotions at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.