Bachelor, St. Joseph's College, 1949. Juris Doctor, Temple University, 1952.
Private practice law, Philadelphia. Member Philadelphia City Council, 1955—1975. Regional director United States Department Labor, 1976.
Member 97th-105th Congresses from 1st Pennsylvania district, Washington, 1981-1997. United States ambassador to Italy United States Department State, Rome, 1997—2001. Member subcommittee Military Construction Transportation Appropriations, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Congressional Arts Caucus, Congressional Narcotics Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Founder and chairman, Congressional Urban Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus.
Member Democratic Study group.