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Phone: 202-225-2411

Address: 420 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: house.gov/pitts
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (717) 393-0667

Address: 150 North Queen Street, Lancaster PA 17603-3562

Unionville PA

Phone: (610) 444-4581

Fax: (610) 444-5750

Address: PO Box 837, Unionville PA 19375-0837

Reading PA

Phone: (610) 374-3637

Address: 815 Washington Street, Reading PA 19601

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Joe Pitts Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 16
  • Born: Oct. 10, 1939, Lexington, KY
  • Home: Kennett Square
  • Education:

    Asbury Col., B.A. 1961, West Chester U., M.Ed. 1972

  • Professional Career:

    High schl. teacher, 1969–72; Owner, Landscape & Nursery Co., 1974–90.

  • Military Career:

    Air Force, 1963–69 (Vietnam).

  • Political Career:

    PA House of Reps., 1972–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Protestant

  • Family: Married (Virginia); 3 children

Joe Pitts, a Republican elected in 1996, is the dean of the Pennsylvania delegation and one of its staunchest conservatives. He has a prominent platform for his free-market, anti-abortion views as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. Read More

Joe Pitts, a Republican elected in 1996, is the dean of the Pennsylvania delegation and one of its staunchest conservatives. He has a prominent platform for his free-market, anti-abortion views as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee.

Pitts was born in Kentucky, and spent time in the Philippines with his parents, where they served as religious missionaries. He joined the Air Force after college, and served three tours of duty, flying 116 B-52 combat missions in Vietnam. He returned home to become a math and science teacher in Malvern in Chester County, and later owned a nursery. In 1972, at age 33, he was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In 1989, he became chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and oversaw the restoration of the Pennsylvania Capitol. Pitts is also an amateur artist. He and his daughter have exhibited their artwork at local galleries.

When Republican Rep. Bob Walker, one of the conservative reformers of the Newt Gingrich era in the House, retired after serving 20 years, Pitts ran to succeed him. In the primary, he ran as a “true conservative,” speaking out in favor of home schooling and against gambling. He raised the most money and won with 45% of the vote. In the general election, Pitts easily defeated newspaper publisher James Blaine, a descendant of James G. Blaine, the Republican presidential nominee in 1884.

In the House, Pitts was the Pennsylvania House delegation’s most conservative member in both the 111th (2009-10) and 112th (2011-12) congresses, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. He has been especially vocal in his opposition to the health care overhaul of 2010. After taking the helm of Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee, he quickly moved a series of bills through the panel in March 2011 aimed at dismantling the law by repealing mandatory funding for state-based insurance exchanges and school-based health center construction. None of the measures passed the Democratically-controlled Senate, however. House GOP leaders’ intense interest in health care has further limited his authority; when his party rolled out its alternative to the health care law in 2012, Pitts made clear that it came straight from the leadership, saying that some decisions were “above my pay grade.”

During the earlier health care debate, he was among the anti-abortion lawmakers pushing for a ban on federal funding for insurers that cover abortions. The House in October 2011 passed his bill to bar funding for health plans that provide abortion services, a measure that provoked strong condemnation from liberals. He also was a chief proponent of legislation to ban human cloning.

Pitts is one of Congress’ champions of nuclear power, and introduced a bill in 2009 aimed at reducing the time required for federal approval of new reactors. With his appreciation for both human rights and national defense, Pitts founded two diverse groups: the Religious Prisoners Congressional Task Force to plead for human rights around the world, and the Electronic Warfare Working Group, to encourage more congressional support for military technology. In 2008, he urged a boycott of the Olympics in Beijing until China improved its human rights record, and after the 2012 presidential election, he rebuked losing Republican nominee Mitt Romney for not hitting President Barack Obama harder on foreign policy. His frequent sponsorship of legislation aimed at curtailing gay rights led the liberal Center for American Progress to call him a “close runner-up” on its list of Congress’ most anti-gay members in 2012.

Pitts originally promised not to serve more than five terms, but later changed his mind. In 2006, he had a tough reelection against former corporate executive Lois Herr, who ran on an anti-Iraq war platform. But Pitts won 57%-40%. Herr came back for a rematch in 2010, and this time focused on Pitts’ legislative record, contending that just three of his bills had passed in 15 years. Pitts waved off the criticism, and won 65%-35%. When it was revealed in 2011 that he had received two $2,000 campaign contributions from two men involved in an alleged covert plot by Pakistan’s spy agency to influence American policy on Kashmir, he donated the money to charity. With increasing numbers of liberal suburbanites moving into his Republican-leaning district, his winning percentage dipped to 55% in 2012.

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Joe Pitts Election Results
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2012 General
Joe Pitts (R)
Votes: 156,192
Percent: 54.85%
Aryanna Strader (D)
Votes: 111,185
Percent: 39.04%
John Murphy
Votes: 12,250
Percent: 4.3%
2012 Primary
Joe Pitts (R)
Votes: 44,110
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (56%), 2006 (57%), 2004 (64%), 2002 (88%), 2000 (67%), 1998 (71%), 1996 (59%)
Joe Pitts 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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2013 2012 2011
Economic 8 (L) : 92 (C) 25 (L) : 75 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 15 (L) : 84 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 43 (L) : 54 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 8.0 (L) : 92.0 (C) 28.3 (L) : 71.7 (C) 14.0 (L) : 86.0 (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
FRC100100
LCV99
CFG7671
ITIC-91
NTU7874
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ACLU-0
ACU8479
ADA05
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
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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