Louis Barletta

Louis Barletta


Barletta Supports Bills to Block Human Trafficking


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today supported a series of bills that passed the U.S. House of Representatives that will address the horrifying practice of trafficking in human beings for the sexual trade or other purposes. 

Rep. Barletta issued the following statement:

“I am proud to support a number of bills this week that will improve identification of, and services for, children who are victims of sex trafficking, including runaway and homeless kids.

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Barletta Statement Regarding Netanyahu Address to Congress


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the United States Congress:

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Barletta Backs Border Security Bill in Committee


Barletta Named to Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism & Intelligence


Rep. Barletta in a Homeland Security Committee hearing in 2014


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Rep. Barletta Statement Regarding State of the Union


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address:

“The American people spoke with a very loud voice in the November elections, and that message appeared to reach everywhere except the Oval Office.  The president said clearly that his policies were on the ballot, and they were soundly rejected.  Sadly, the president has ignored the people and laid out a vision of higher taxes, more government interference, and further executive actions that circumvent the legislature.

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Barletta Leads Way as House Defunds Obama Amnesty


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Barletta Takes to House Floor to Defund Obama Amnesty


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Barletta to Continue to Lead Transportation Subcommittee


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, will continue in his role as chairman of a key subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, tasked largely with governing federal real estate assets and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In the 114th Congress, Barletta will again be Chairman of the Subcommittee for Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.  Barletta first assumed the role in the 113th Congress.

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Barletta Testifies in Support of Defunding Amnesty in Rules Committee


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House Unanimously Passes Barletta Bill Protecting Volunteer Firefighters from Obamacare


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regarding the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act 


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6511
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Representative Louis J. Barletta proudly represents his hometown of Hazleton and the people of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. He began his second term on January 3, 2013.

Representative Barletta was first sworn in on January 5, 2011. He immediately started serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which plays a critical role in the economic development of and job growth in Northeastern and South Central Pennsylvania, and the Education and Workforce Committee, which focuses on how our nation can improve its educational system so we have competitive, qualified workers in the future.

He remains on these committees during his second term in office.  Additionally, Rep. Barletta was appointed Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Also for his second term, Rep. Barletta was assigned to the Committee on Homeland Security, which was established in 2002 to provide congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack. The committee has jurisdiction over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), and the U.S. Coast Guard; border security programs including efforts to achieve operational control of the border; and border smuggling and trafficking of drugs, humans, currency, weapons and other illicit materials. The committee also has jurisdiction over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), counterterrorism efforts, cybersecurity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security, and more.

Illegal immigration is a very important subject for Representative Barletta, who first tackled the problem when he was mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Lou Barletta was the first mayor in the country to introduce and sign into law local ordinances cracking down against businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens. He has since become a national figure in the fight against illegal immigration.

During his first term in Congress, Representative Barletta formed the 112th Class Immigration Reform Caucus, which brings together members of the historic 2011-12 “freshmen” class. Representative Barletta chairs this caucus as it examines solutions to the country’s illegal immigration problems.

Also during his first term, Representative Barletta used his position on the Small Business Committee to fight to reduce the interest rate charged on certain Small Business Administration disaster recovery loans after massive flooding devastated the 11th District in September 2011.

Born and raised in Hazleton, Representative Barletta majored in elementary education as a student at Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University). He left school to try out for a Major League Baseball team, but was released when the team’s management discovered he couldn’t hit a curve ball.

After he returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania, he and his wife Mary Grace started a business together. For $29.95, the Barlettas formed a line-painting business. Through hard work and perseverance, they grew that business into the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within five years. They eventually grew it to be the sixth-largest business of its kind in the entire nation.

As a small business owner, Representative Barletta saw how government regulation and taxes could affect the bottom line. Even though he had very little interest in politics, he decided to run for a slot on Hazleton City Council. He was first elected to council in 1998, then was elected mayor in 2000.

Despite inheriting a massive budget shortfall, he was able to turn around the City of Hazleton with tough, fiscally responsible decisions. This turnaround earned statewide praise and recognition.

In addition, his leadership on the issue of illegal immigration in Hazleton garnered national attention. By ever-increasing margins of victory, Representative Barletta was elected mayor three times.

In September 2004, Representative Barletta was appointed by the White House to serve on the United Nation Advisory Committee of Local Authorities as the representative of the United States of America.

In November 2010, Representative Barletta was elected to Congress on his third attempt. He was re-elected in November 2012.

Lou and Mary Grace are the parents of four daughters: Kelly, April, Lindsey, and Grace. They also have one grandson, Gabriel Louis; and one granddaughter, Madeleine Grace.

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Glenn Thompson


Ryan Costello


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