About Judge Daniel Baranoski

Judge Daniel Baranoski
Judge Daniel Baranoski

Daniel Baranoski is the most qualified and experienced candidate - he needs to remain our District Judge.

Dan has been an outstanding Magisterial District Judge since taking the office in January 2008.  Dan is a contributing member of our community, a husband and proud father.  Prior to taking the bench twelve years ago, he also served us well by being one of the finest Police Detectives in Bucks County for more than 23 years! 

According to the codes of ethics, judicial candidates may not voice their views on disputed legal or political issues; they may only promise to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of the office – something that he has already been doing for the last 12 years!  In that respect, Dan Baranoski's qualifications speak for themselves and prove him to be the most impartial candidate, with a long history of community justice and public service. 

A devoted family man, Dan Baranoski has been happily married for 21 years; he and his wife, Kathy, have been blessed with two beautiful daughters.

Daniel Baranoski was first elected in 2007 and began serving as a Magisterial District Judge in January 2008.  He quickly earned a reputation as being a fair, impartial and compassionate jurist during his first term of office.  Because of that reputation, Dan Baranoski was again endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic parties when he ran for re-election in 2013. 

Let’s face it though, everyone is not always happy with a judge’s decision.  A judge has to issue some tough verdicts or judgments based on the facts as presented in court.  But everyone can agree that they are given an opportunity to be heard and their case considered in a fair, impartial and professional manner in Judge Baranoski’s court.  Judge Baranoski often equates his job with that of a baseball umpire in that it’s either over the plate or it isn’t.  His sense of justice is based on his education and life experiences listed below. 

After graduating in the top 20 of his class from Archbishop Ryan High School, Dan Baranoski earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University, having been bestowed with Magna Cum Laude honors, in 1987.  He also has attended West Chester University and the University of Phoenix in pursuit of a Master of Science Degree in Administration and in Organizational Management before he was accepted into Temple Beasley School of Law in 2013. 

Dan was hired by the Middletown Township Police Department in 1985 and attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, where he was president of his graduating class.  He was promoted in 1990 to the rank of Detective and has had a distinguished career as a member of the department's Criminal Investigation Division.  He has extensive experience investigating such major crimes as homicide, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, theft and fraud.  Dan's specialty, however, is in drug law enforcement.  He has considerable training in narcotics investigation and has made some of the biggest drug and asset seizures in Bucks County history.  He was also a sworn Bucks County Detective, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Customs Officer as many of his cases went national and international.  In 1991, Dan was named Police Officer of the Year for his efforts in drug abuse prevention in the community.  He won the Service to the Community Award for 2003 for creating the NAIVE Program, an award-winning, drug education and prevention program.  In 2006, Dan was awarded with the National Liberty Museum's Award of Valor. 

Dan has also been a volunteer for several community organizations, such as Bucks County Community Foundation (President 2016 to Present), Hulmeville Soccer, the Middletown Community Foundation (President 2011-2013), Easter Seals, the Middletown Township Drug and Alcohol Commission, the NAIVE Program, and Our Lady of Grace Church, the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission (Chairman 2012-2014)  among others. 

Because of Dan’s unique experience with drug law enforcement, drug education and drug prevention throughout the community, he has been a leader in the drug court diversion process in Bucks County to combat the opioid crisis.  He is also respected as a jurist among his peers.  He was President of the Bucks County Magisterial District Judge Association from 2010-2011 and was recently elected as 2nd Vice President for the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania.  He becomes 1st Vice President in 2019 and President of the statewide group in 2020 representing over 500 judges across the Commonwealth.

Please see Dan’s resume below:


To continue to provide the fair and impartial administration of justice as District Judge for the Magisterial District 07-1-07 in further service to our community.



Minor Judiciary Education Board, Harrisburg, PA. Certified by PA Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts to be a Magisterial District Judge, July 2006 with annual updates from 2007 to current


Temple University, Phila, PA.  Graduated: December 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with Magna Cum Laude Honors

West Chester University and University of Phoenix Post-Graduate classes towards a Masters of Science Degree in Administration and Organizational Management

Temple Beasley School of Law, Accepted 2013


Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Southeast Training Center. Graduated: June 1986 from 42nd Municipal Police Training Class.  President of Class


Archbishop Ryan High School, Phila, PA. Graduated: June 1983; Ranked 19th out of 456       


MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE, January 2008 to Current.  Began innovative programs for school truancy to address problem behaviors and get kids back in school.  Assisted with special court programs to help our nations’ veterans and District Court Drug Diversion programs.

POLICE OFFICER/DETECTIVE for the Middletown Township Police Department from 1985 to 2007.  Promoted to Detective in 1990. Criminal investigative experience in major cases including homicide, rape, robbery, arson, theft, fraud, and others, with specialization in narcotic trafficking.  Conducted some of the biggest drug and asset forfeiture cases in Bucks County history and started drug abuse prevention programs in the community.


Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania Highlight Recognition, October 2012

Highly decorated police officer with numerous Commendations of Merit & Commendatory Letters for exemplary and outstanding police work including:

  •      Eight Official Merit Commendations from Middletown and Bensalem Police Depts
  •      Police Officer of the Year Award Recipient in 1991 and 2003
  •      National Liberty Museum Public Service Hero Award of Valor, September 2006
  •      Various Senate & House of Representatives Citations for drug prevention programs


Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, 2008 to Present, Current 2nd Vice-President, Strategic Planning Committee 2017 to Present, Minor Court Rules Committee from 2011 to Present

Magisterial District Judge Assoc of Bucks County, 2008 to Present, President 2010 and 2011

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, 2007 to 2014, Chairman 2012-2013

Middletown Township Drug & Alcohol Commission, 2006

Bucks County Community Foundation, 2015 to Present, President 2016 to Present

Middletown Community Foundation, 2001 to 2013, President 2011 to 2013

Archbishop Ryan High School Board of Directors, 2015 to Present

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Bristol, 2004 to Present

Our Lady of Grace Church, 1996 to Present

Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association, 1992 to 2007

International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association,  October 1987 to 2007

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #53, 1986 to 2007

Middletown Township Police Benevolent Association, 1985 to 2007, President 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, and 1998