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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6511

Address: 115 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (570) 751-0050

Address: One South Church Street, Hazleton PA 18201-6200

Harrisburg PA

Phone: (717) 525-7002

Fax: (717) 695-6794

Address: 4813 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17109-1700

Sunbury PA

Phone: (570) 988-7801

Fax: (570) 988-7805

Address: 106 Arch Street, Sunbury PA 17801-2145

Carlisle PA

Phone: (717) 249-0190

Fax: (717) 218-0190

Address: 59 West Louther Street, Carlisle PA 17013-2936

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Lou Barletta Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 11
  • Born: Jan. 28, 1956, Hazleton
  • Home: Hazleton
  • Education:

    Bloomsburg U., attended.

  • Professional Career:

    Co-owner, Interstate Road Marketing, 1984-2000.

  • Political Career:

    Hazleton City Cncl., 1998-2000; Hazleton mayor, 2000-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Mary Grace); 4 children

Republican Lou Barletta toppled 13-term Democrat Paul Kanjorski in 2010 on his third attempt, and went on to distinguish himself as a vociferous critic of illegal immigration, although his overall voting record is centrist. Read More

Republican Lou Barletta toppled 13-term Democrat Paul Kanjorski in 2010 on his third attempt, and went on to distinguish himself as a vociferous critic of illegal immigration, although his overall voting record is centrist.

Barletta hails from Hazleton, Pa., where he was mayor from 2000 to 2010. From a young age, he worked with his parents and three brothers in his family’s businesses: A. Barletta and Sons Road Construction and Barletta Heating Oil. After graduating from Hazleton High School, he attended Bloomsburg University, but he left early to follow a dream of becoming a professional baseball player. After an unsuccessful tryout with the Cincinnati Reds—“I couldn’t hit a curve ball,” he told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg— he returned to Hazleton.

He married and started a family, and in the 1980s, he and his wife, Mary Grace Barletta, opened a pavement-marking business. In 1998, Barletta was elected to the Hazleton City Council, and two years later became mayor. He inherited a budget shortfall and helped return the city to financial health. In 2006, Barletta made national news when he signed a law allowing the city to deny business permits to employers who hired illegal immigrants and to fine landlords for renting to noncitizens. The following year, a federal District Court judge struck down the law, and it has been contested in the courts since.

Barletta first challenged Kanjorski in 2002. He lost, but he maintained ties to national Republicans. In 2004, the Bush White House appointed him to the United Nations Advisory Committee on Local Authorities, and two years later, the Republican National Committee tapped Barletta to work on outreach to Catholics. He lost to Kanjorski again in 2008 but kept the outcome close, 52% to 48%.

He came back two years later, this time with ads that characterized Kanjorski as a “couch potato” and asserted, “Paul Kanjorski has just been around too long.” The Kanjorski campaign appealed to the district’s many senior citizens with ads accusing Barletta of supporting the privatization of Social Security, even though Barletta came out against private Social Security accounts. Kanjorski’s ads warned, “The Barletta campaign sends an offensive message to the thousands of area seniors: Get out of the way because your time may have passed.”

Kanjorski raised more money, $1.9 million compared with Barletta’s $1.3 million. But the Republican tide of 2010 provided Barletta with just enough lift to beat Kanjorski, 55% to 45%.

In the House, Barletta has been a moderate who backs his party on big votes, like most of his fellow Pennsylvania Republicans. On immigration, however, he takes the hardest of hard lines. When others in the GOP looked at the 2012 presidential election results as a sign that they needed to reach out to Latino voters, Barletta was having none of it. After a bipartisan Senate group came out in February 2013 with a comprehensive immigration reform proposal, he scoffed that it was, “amnesty that America can’t afford.” He also told The Morning Call of Allentown that courting Hispanics is a waste of time for his party. “The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out,” he said. “They (Hispanics) will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

Barletta was equally dismissive of Democratic gun control efforts following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre. “Would banning spoons stop obesity?” he asked on ABC News’ This Week. He and fellow Pennsylvania Republican Tom Marino irked local activists in 2011 when they both banned non-journalists from taping their town hall meetings. But he did have some legislative success in September 2012, when the House passed his bill to lower the interest rates on disaster loans issued by the Small Business Administration.

The Cook Political Report called Barletta “the biggest winner in Pennsylvania’s redistricting” after state Republicans jettisoned Democratic precincts and stretched the 11th District to the conservative Harrisburg suburbs. In 2012, he beat Democratic attorney Gene Stilp, 59%-41%. Nevertheless, Barletta ended his campaign more than $131,000 in debt, with $74,500 of it owed to himself.

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Lou Barletta Election Results
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2012 General
Louis Barletta (R)
Votes: 166,967
Percent: 58.54%
Gene Stilp (D)
Votes: 118,231
Percent: 41.46%
2012 Primary
Louis Barletta (R)
Votes: 49,511
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%)
Lou Barletta Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 47 (L) : 53 (C) 40 (L) : 58 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Social 43 (L) : 54 (C) 47 (L) : 52 (C) 44 (L) : 56 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 76 (C) 35 (L) : 59 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 38.5 (L) : 61.5 (C) 42.2 (L) : 57.8 (C) 35.5 (L) : 64.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV146
CFG4756
ITIC-92
NTU6564
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU7672
ADA155
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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