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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: January 28, 1956, Hazelton, PA

Home: Hazelton, PA

Education: Bloomsburg U., attended.

Professional Career: Co-owner, Interstate Road Marketing, 1984-2000.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic

Family: Married (Mary Grace Malloy) , 4 children ; 2 grandchildren

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6511

(202) 226-6250

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 115
Washington, DC 20515-3811

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6511

(202) 226-6250

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 115
Washington, DC 20515-3811

DISTRICT OFFICE

(570) 751-0050

(570) 751-0054

One South Church Street Suite 100
Hazleton, PA 18201-6200

DISTRICT OFFICE

(570) 751-0050

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One South Church Street Suite 100
Hazleton, PA 18201-6200

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 525-7002

(717) 695-6794

4813 Jonestown Road Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17109-1700

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(717) 525-7002

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4813 Jonestown Road Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17109-1700

DISTRICT OFFICE

(570) 988-7801

(570) 988-7805

106 Arch Street
Sunbury, PA 17801-2145

DISTRICT OFFICE

(570) 988-7801

(570) 988-7805

106 Arch Street
Sunbury, PA 17801-2145

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 249-0190

(717) 218-0190

59 West Louther Street
Carlisle, PA 17013-2936

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 249-0190

(717) 218-0190

59 West Louther Street
Carlisle, PA 17013-2936

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 128
Hazleton, PA 18201

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(570) 501-8683

(570) 501-8688

8 West Broad Street Suite 328
Hazleton, PA 18201

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Abortion

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Lou Barletta
Votes: 166,967
Percent: 58.54%
Gene Stilp
Votes: 118,231
Percent: 41.46%
2012 PRIMARY
Lou Barletta
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Lou Barletta
Votes: 102,179
Percent: 54.7%
Paul Kanjorski
Votes: 84,618
Percent: 45.3%
2010 PRIMARY
Lou Barletta
Votes: 28,397
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%)

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