Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick


Fitzpatrick Reviews Cancer Data for Warminster, Warrington, Horsham


Langhorne, PA —Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today reviewed the report on cancer incidence rates in Warminster, Warrington, and Horsham. Using cancer data based on ZIP codes, the report provided an inconclusive picture of cancer rates in the area.

The report was developed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) to provide information about cancer incidence rates for communities living in zip codes surrounding the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, Willow Grove Naval Air and Air Reserve Station in Horsham.

The cancer incidence information reviewed does not meet the definition of a cancer cluster at this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which defines a cancer cluster as “a greater than expected number of cancer cases that occur within a group of people in a geographic area over a defined period of time.”

“The ATSDR report suggests more information is required to further study the health effects of perfluorinated compounds, or PFOS and PFOA, found at the sites. We need to continue monitoring the health of those affected, particularly the very young. I continue to urge the U.S. Navy and ATSDR to offer blood screenings, and inform citizens of the level of contaminants in their bodies,” said Fitzpatrick.

“While this important study reveals critical health information on the areas affected by environmental contamination, the study provided inconclusive results between cancer incidence rates and PFOS/PFOA exposure.” he added.  

ATSDR considered seven types of cancer (bladder, kidney, liver, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, prostate, and testicular) based on their associations with the environmental contaminants of concern in the area.

The report uses cancer incidence data collected from diagnosed cases of cancer in particular ZIP codes. However, the report’s data includes very limited or no information on lifestyle, demographic or occupational risk factors. For each person, cancer is thought to be caused by a combination of many factors, genetic and environmental.

According to the CDC, one of every four deaths in the United States is attributable to some form of cancer. Multiple factors affect the likelihood of developing cancer, including age, genetic factors, and lifestyle behaviors like diet and smoking. 

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Congressmen Make Inquiry on Federal Grant Status



Washington, DC —Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today joined Congressmen Ryan Costello (PA-06), Patrick Meehan (PA-07), and Tom Marino (PA-10) in questioning the status of much-needed federal funds for Philadelphia law enforcement.

The letter applauds recent efforts of the Justice Department to end sanctuary city policies, specifically by restricting certain federal funds from any state or locality that “in any way restrict” their officials from sharing information with federal officials.

Furthermore, the letter questions whether the City of Philadelphia qualifies as a sanctuary city after Mayor Jim Kenney’s executive order forbidding local officials from sharing information, or complying with federal detainer requests to hold an illegal immigrant.

If the City of Philadelphia qualifies as a sanctuary city under the Justice Department’s new policy, local law enforcement will be ineligible for federal funds under the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, totaling about $1.75 million a year.

“The actions of the City of Philadelphia continue to drive a wedge between local and federal law enforcement.  Cooperation among law enforcement agencies cannot be achieved with a reduction in resources,” said Fitzpatrick. “We deserve to know if the city’s actions, establishing Philadelphia as a sanctuary city, will threaten vital funds for local law enforcement—funds necessary to protect all citizens from crime and terrorism.”

The letter cites the story of Kate Steinle, who died in her dad’s arms as she bled to death after a gunman opened fire. The gunman was in the U.S. illegally and had been convicted of seven felonies and previously deported five times. Federal agents asked San Francisco police in the “sanctuary city” to keep the man in custody—or at least notify them before releasing him.  San Francisco refused to cooperate, and released the man who would go on to kill Steinle.

Last month, Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was arrested in Philadelphia for raping a child under the age of 13. Aguirre-Ochoa, deported in 2009, later reentered the U.S. illegally, was released last year after Philadelphia officials ignored an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) request to hold him for his immigration violations.

The original letter to the Justice Department is attached.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Fitzpatrick Attends Warrington Township Meeting


Warrington, PA —Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) last night attended a public information meeting concerning the impact of contamination released into Warrington Township’s water supply system from the Horsham Air Guard Station and the Willow Grove Naval Base.  

About 500 people attended the meeting held by the Warrington supervisors at Central Bucks High School South.

A number of local, state, and federal health officials also attended, including, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Air National Guard.

Fitzpatrick said, “Warrington residents expressed their concern with the toxicity of their drinking water. They have a right to clean drinking water and they have the right to know their exposure to perfluorinated compounds.”

“I will relentlessly pursue federal funds to provide clean water to the affected areas and to make available blood tests to interested citizens.”

Fitzpatrick recently joined Congressmen Patrick Meehan and  Brendan Boyle in a letter to the director of the ATSDR seeking the position on the Navy’s refusal to authorize blood testing for the affected communities.

Residents attending the special meeting urged the Warrington supervisors to cease its use of wells and convert fully to water purchased from North Wales Water Authority.  Christian Jones, director of Warrington and Sewer Department, said if the Board converted fully to North Wales water, it would still take time for new interconnections between water systems.  

Fitzpatrick, Meehan, and Boyle will partner with the Horsham Township Council to co-host a Health Expert Panel discussion on the latest studies pertaining to human exposure to PFOS and PFOA on August 29 at Hatboro Horsham High School. Representatives from local, state, and federal health agencies are expected to attend. The event is open to the public.


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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.


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Congressmen Continue Push For Federal Health Screenings and Studies in Horsham


WASHINGTON – Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Brendan Boyle (PA-13), and Patrick Meehan (PA-07) recently sent a letter (attached below) to the director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR) seeking the health agency’s position on the Navy’s refusal to authorize blood testing for the communities surrounding the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, and Horsham Air Guard Station in Pennsylvania.  The congressmen also asked the agency to conduct updated community health studies, and release recent toxicological studies on the human health impacts of exposure to Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

Recently, Congressmen Boyle, Meehan and Fitzpatrick and Senators Casey and Toomey asked the Navy to provide health screenings for Horsham and Warminster residents.  In response, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Karnig Ohannessian explained that, after consultation with ATSDR, blood testing was not advisable in these communities.

In this latest letter, the congressmen asked ATSDR to clarify its reasons for not recommending the blood tests, as well as under what circumstances ATSDR would recommend such testing and monitoring in the affected communities.

The congressmen also pointed out the fact that the most recent ATSDR health assessment for the area was conducted in 2002, before the drinking water contamination became known.  That study did not reference health risks associated with PFOA, PFOS, or other perfluorinated compounds.  The lawmakers urged ATSDR to perform a new study as well as focused Health Consultations, and pointed out that nearly 70,000 Pennsylvanians may have been exposed to these contaminants through municipal and private drinking water in the Horsham, Warrington, and Warminster communities.

Congressmen Fitzpatrick, Boyle and Meehan will partner with the Horsham Township Council to co-host a Health Expert Panel Discussion on the latest studies pertaining to human exposure to PFOA and PFOS on August 29 at Hatboro Horsham High School.  Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ATSDR, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and Pennsylvania Department of Health have been invited and are expected to participate in the panel discussion.  The public is invited to attend.





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Fitzpatrick, State Lawmakers Announce Additional Funding


Bristol, PA — Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined local officials today on the Delaware River waterfront to announce a $700,000 grant from the Commonwealth providing the final piece of funding for the Bristol Dock Project.

Fitzpatrick, who provided the initial $1.5 million federal grant three years ago, noted State Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and State Rep. John Galloway provided the final funds for the Bristol Borough project. “This new dock and pier will transform the waterfront, attracting boaters to the historic borough and Mill Street where they may enjoy the restaurants, shops and theater,” said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick also commended the borough leadership for its coordination among all levels of government and winning both support and funding.  The $700,784 state grant, along with a $1.5 million federal grant, $1 million from the Bucks County Commissioners, and support from the Grundy Foundation complete the funding package. Construction is expected to be completed by spring.

Fitzpatrick added, “The plan brings to life Bristol’s historic motto: Welcome Friend.”   The motto was posted on a sign that greeted the Marquis de Lafayette on his historic farewell tour of America in 1824 and still hangs in the borough hall, welcoming everyone to this historic borough. Directly in front of the riverfront wharf the motto is emblazoned on a mural high above Mill Street.  “Welcome Friend” is  one of the first things visiting boaters will see when embarking. 

The riverfront development project is part of the 20-acre Waterfront Park, trail and 25-acre Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve, which are both part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, as well as the East Coast Greenway.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County, as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as vice chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.


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Local Veterans, Families Receive Service Medals


NEWTOWN, PA — Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined dozens of local residents to present service medals earned during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to local veterans and families at the American Legion Morell Smith Post 440, today.

“Today, we are surrounded by some truly great Americans, who fought and sacrificed for the ideals that make our nations great: freedom, liberty, and justice,” said Fitzpatrick. “Every military member and veteran deserves our continual respect and appreciation. While the stories of these men differ, their love of country and commitment to service remain constant.”

Each veteran or family member was presented with medals and certificates obtained by Fitzpatrick’s office to replace military honors lost or earned but never received. Medals presented ranged from World War II Victory Medals to Purple Hearts.

Fitzpatrick’s staff includes Military and Veteran’s Affairs caseworkers, available to assist Bucks and Montgomery county veterans and families with military records, federal agencies requests, VA benefits and more. Please contact the Congressman’s Langhorne District office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Suite 400, Langhorne or by phone at 215–579–8102 for more information.

Receiving medals were:

James Frawley — US Navy, Vietnam

Received five medals:

·         National Defense Service Medal

·         Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Star Appurtenances)

·         Navy Unit Commendation Medal

·         Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal

·         Navy “E” Ribbon

Vincent Kutys — US Army, World War II

Received five medals:

·         Bronze Star Medal

·         Good Conduct Medal

·         European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

·         WWII Victory Medal

·         Combat Infantry

William Struble — US Navy

Received two medals:

·         Navy Good Conduct Medal

·         National Defense Service Medal

Russel Young — US Navy, Vietnam

Received two medals:

·         National Defense Service Medal

·         Good Conduct Medal & Clasp Silver 1 Loop

Edwin Cressman — US Navy, World War II

Received five medals:

·         Navy Good Conduct Medal

·         WWII Victory Medal

·         American Campaign Medal

·         Discharge Button

·         Honorable Service Lapel Pin

Daniel Heffernan — US Navy, Vietnam War

Received eight medals:

·         Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V" Device

·         Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

·         Combat Action Ribbon

·         Navy Good Conduct Medal

·         Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star

·         Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

·         National Defense Service Medal

·         Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

James Phelan (deceased) — US Army, World War II

Received six medals:

·         1.Good Conduct Medal

·         2. American Defense Service Medal

·         3. American Campaign Medal

·         4. European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Silver Star Attachment

·         5. World War II Victory Medal

·         6. Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII

Frederick Dunkley — US Army, World War II

Received one medal:

·         Bronze Star Medal

Richard Wynkoop — US Army, USARPAC

Received two medals:

·         National Defense Service Medal

·         Marksman Badge and Auto Rifle Bar

Morton “Jack” Taylor (deceased) — US Navy, World War II

Received seven medals:

·         Navy Good Conduct Medal

·         WWII Victory Medal

·         American Campaign Medal

·         Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

·         Combat Action Ribbon

·         Discharge Button

·         Philippine Liberation Medal

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Congressman's Notebook 7.24.16


The Republican National Convention opened last week in Cleveland, a political tradition overshadowed by the shooting deaths of eight police officers, five in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge.  The deaths of policemen on duty was unexpected and completely shocking to everyone,  despite weeks and months of racial tension, protests and  rhetoric that escalated from peaceful and lawful, to angry and violent.  Safety was the theme inside the convention; while protesters were cordoned off outside. I found the attacks to be, not only an attack on individuals, but on our justice system.  Ours is a nation of laws and we all have recourse through the justice system and protection under the Bill of Rights.    Think due process. As Americans we are entitled to due process, to protection from government and the protection of the legal system. Well over 50 years ago, President John F Kennedy, addressing the issue of civil rights, cited the timeless Bill of Rights, as “the guardian of our security, as well as our liberty.”   These are the values, the rights and privileges that set us apart from many other nations and should be in focus today. Two men targeted the fallen officers as they went about their jobs, protecting the community.  And what did it accomplish? What cause did it promote? Constructive dialogue did not move forward. No “injustice,” real or perceived, was addressed or resolved. Violence against those upholding the rule of law is never the answer.  And recent events remind us that without law there is chaos in the social order.  “Law and Order” is not a slogan to be co-opted. It is the foundation of our free nation.  Protests and marches occupy part of our history (the right to assembly) and many times in our past citizens have taken to the streets for one cause or another.  Demonstrations once again are defining the political scene, but this time inspiring madness among the irrational few.  This is a time to focus on intense relationship-building between police and the communities they serve – drafted on the local level – to increase greater respect for the law and deeper understanding of the citizens.      I’m reminded of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, an acknowledged leader who continuously strives to improve relations between the police department and the city’s minority residents. But after the assassination of five Dallas police officers, Chief Brown became the “face of national shock,” according to the New York Times.   Chief Brown, an African-American, started his work long before 2014 and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  He stayed a step ahead of the racial and social unrest we are experiencing now in cities, trying to make a difference. He took the initiative to improve trust between the people and police through increased training and outreach in Dallas. He thought it was successful. And so his grief this month is more disturbing.  “We are hurting,” the chief said.   We respect and value the men and women in law enforcement every day. Their profound commitment to duty deserves our daily appreciation. We honor the extraordinary sacrifice of those fallen officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. And we ought to support them and their families in any way possible. Last year, I introduced the Children of Fallen  Heroes Scholarship Act [H.R.2350], which would give college-bound children of fallen officers the maximum Pell Grant funds available. I also support the Thin Blue Line Act [H.R. 814] a bill making the killing or attempted killing of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations. This act will help protect our local officers by extending them the same protections afforded to federal law enforcement. We owe it to our law enforcement to pass these common sense laws, and continue to fund programs enhancing officer training and safety while deepening community relations. As citizens, we can defend the defenders against the noise of hatred and disrespect. We can direct the dialogue and reinforce the rule of law. One African-American mother caught in the crossfire with her two sons at Baton Rouge, as police officers shielded her and her family, later admonished her friends to think what they would do if the police stop policing, “Who you gonna call?” she said.  We must continue to respect and support the rule of law and all first-responders, ever grateful for their service and protection.   Read More

Annual Congressional App Challenge Launched


Langhorne, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today entered the Pennsylvania 8th district into the Second Annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is a congressional initiative designed to engage high school students in coding and computer science through an app challenge.                                             

“I am encouraged that so many students are willing to be engaged in the important STEM programs of science, technology, engineering and math, and eager to take this challenge.” Fitzpatrick said.  “Armed with knowledge, training and scientific skills, their generation is in position to lead the nation’s economic growth through the 21st century. “ 

During the next 15 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their original applications, evaluated by panels of local judges. Winners will be announced in early December and their apps will be displayed in the Capitol building. They also will be honored by their Member of Congress. More prizes will be announced throughout the Challenge.

Sign-up for the contest at www.fitzpatrick.house.gov/AppChallenge

The CAC was created because Congress recognizes how essential computer science and STEM skills are for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. is currently experiencing a dearth of adequately trained technical talent. By some estimates there are nearly a quarter of a million unfilled programming jobs in the US, right now. The CAC is a congressional effort to maintain American competitiveness, by proactively inspiring young people and encouraging them to pursue these crucial skills.                                                                                         

For more information, visit http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/


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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.





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Fitzpatrick, House Vote to Hold Iran Accountable


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), chairman of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today joined the House in passing a trio of bills designed to block the administration from granting more concessions to Iran and holding them accountable for their illicit behavior.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.

Fitzpatrick said, “The Iran Deal contradicts what expert witnesses testifying before our Task Force stated—that sanctions on Iran must be increased.  Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism -- allowing them greater access to international investments poses a risk to the integrity of the global financial system.  I remain deeply concerned with the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran.”

The House passed three bills to respond to Iranian behavior:

  • The U.S. Financial System Protection Act [H.R. 4491]: Co-sponsored by Fitzpatrick, this bill would prevent Iran’s access to the dollar until the regime ends its nuclear and ballistic missile program, and ceases its support for terrorism.  This bill upholds Iran’s designation as a “primary money laundering concern,” recognizing that any financial transaction with Iran risks supporting the regime’s ongoing illicit activities.


  •  The Iran Accountability Act [H.R. 5631]: Holds Iran accountable for its continued illegal ballistic missile program, support for international terrorism, and ongoing record of human rights abuses.


  • The No Heavy Water from Iran Act [H.R. 5119]: Prevents the Administration from subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program by purchasing this chemical that is essential to the production of weapons-grade plutonium.


According to the House Foreign Affairs Committee,  President Hassan Rouhani recently gave the order to “expedite” the production of the intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States. Iran continues to prop up the Assad Regime in Syria and fuels tension across the region. Iran’s leading terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, stockpiled tens of thousands of rockets in Lebanon—allowing it to strikes targets in Israel. Finally, the United States purchases heavy water, a chemical used in large nuclear reactors from Iran—a chemical which they should not even be producing.


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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Congressional Office Currently Seeking Interns


Langhorne, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) currently is accepting internship applications for this fall. Positions are available at the congressional office in Washington, D.C. and the district office in Langhorne, PA.

Intern responsibilities include researching legislation, attending hearings and briefings, answering phones, responding to constituent letters, and other day-to-day office duties. A congressional internship is a great opportunity to learn about the legislative process and the constituent service operations of a congressional office.

Interested candidates should submit an application found here: http://fitzpatrick.house.gov/internships.

If you have any questions, please call (215) 579-8102. The deadline to apply is August 15th.



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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, where he has been an active member of his community for decades.  In the 113th Congress, Mike’s number one priority is job creation.  Mike recognizes that government does not create jobs, but fosters an environment in which the private sector can create permanent, family sustaining jobs.

Mike graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills and earned his bachelor’s degree while working his way through St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Upon graduation, Mike was awarded the university’s highest service award.

Following graduation, Mike returned to Pennsylvania and in 1988, he graduated from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. While attending law school Mike was the Business Manager of the Dickinson Journal of International Law.  Mike is admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In 1995, Mike was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners where he served for ten years.  As a Bucks County Commissioner Mike was a champion of responsible county social service programs, job creation and efficient government administration.  He fought to preserve over 11,000 acres of beautiful farmland, parkland and critical natural areas. His record on open space earned him recognition from a variety of environmental organizations, including the Greenspace Alliance.

During his time as Commissioner, Mike led the fight to establish the county’s first Enterprise Zone, a project that eventually led to the creation of over 4,000 private sector jobs in Bucks County.

As a Member of the 109th Congress Mike demonstrated himself to be an independently- minded advocate for his constituents. He fought for stronger borders, lower taxes and smaller budget deficits. Locally he worked successfully to bring the National Veterans’ Cemetery to Bucks County.  Mike was also instrumental in flood mitigation efforts along the Neshaminy Creek watershed, which had been plagued by persistent flooding.

Mike returned to Congress in 2011 after practicing law in Bucks County focusing on representing small businesses and local governments.

Mike and his wife Kathy have been married twenty-four years and have six children – three girls (Katie, Maggie and Molly) and three boys (Jimmy, Mick and Tommy). An Eagle Scout, Mike has remained active in Scouting and is a past-President of the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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