Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

New Report Confirms EPA’s Stricter Ozone Standards to have “Chilling Effect” on Local Economy; Rep. Kelly Responds

2015/09/02

Calls on Obama to reject costly proposal as he did in 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the issued the following statement today after the release of “Moving the Goalposts: How Washington’s Ozone Plan Threatens Working Families and Pennsylvania’s Economic Comeback,” a report by the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, which examines the devastating impacts that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s stricter ozone standards will have on Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Thanks to the hard work done here in Pennsylvania, the air in our state is cleaner than it has ever been before. In fact, the entire state is on the cusp of meeting the EPA’s tough clean air standards. Yet just as we meet this requirement, federal regulators are about to move the goal posts and impose a costly new mandate that move us back to the starting line. Rather than punish us, the EPA should be applauding our effort and find ways to work together to continue to make progress.

“The EPA’s ozone proposal has raised red flags from of state and local officials from across the nation. State air regulators, union groups, elected officials from both parties, and business groups are all on record urging the EPA to keep the current rule in place. The fact is that much of our country still has a long way to go in meeting the current standard. EPA should work with state and local officials to make that happen first rather than impose strict new standards that will undermine local collaboration. President Obama made the right call in 2011 when he rejected a similar proposal, and I hope he will listen to these same groups and do so again.

“Of course, the EPA’s ozone regulation is just one of several major new costly regulations coming from extreme environmentalists in Washington today. From the Clean Power Plant rule to Waters of the United States, the EPA is overreaching too far and hurting much more than helping. In truth, it is the collaborative efforts at the statewide level that ensure we can improve our environment while growing our economy. It’s time for the EPA to be reined in.”

NOTE: Under an unnecessarily strict ozone standard of 65-70 ppb, the CRS report found that 33 counties throughout the Commonwealth will be in violation of the law, causing significant economic harm. Those counties – including Armstrong, Lawrence, Mercer and Erie in Rep. Kelly’s district – represent 85 percent of Pennsylvania’s GDP and 83 percent of its workforce.

BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly’s Coal Country Protection Act (H.R. 2637) would halt any new regulation or guidance by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from new or existing power plants until four specific, economy-protecting criteria are met:

On August 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published a guest op-ed written by Rep. Kelly on the economic danger of the EPA's anti-coal regulations proposed under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”

On July 29, 2014, Rep. Kelly formally invited President Obama to visit a coal mine in Western Pennsylvania. The visit would be personally arranged by Rep. Kelly and designed to give the president an opportunity to meet the workers whose jobs are most directly threatened by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The invitation, since re-iterated, has thus far been declined by the White House.

Rep. Kelly is a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. On October 29, 2013, he delivered a memorable address at the National Mining Association’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs” on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol which can be viewed here.

 

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ICYMI: Kelly Health Care Reform Bill Praised in U.S. News & World Report

2015/08/24

“A bill from Rep. Mike Kelly is non-partisan, non-ideological and would make the world a better place”

WASHINGTON — Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) to reform health care law was recently featured by U.S. News & World in an article titled, “Health Care Heaven.” The bipartisan bill (H.R. 1752) would allow members of Health Care Sharing Ministries to use Health Savings Accounts without having to purchase a high deductible health plan.

Excerpts from the article:

In plain English, the one-sentence Kelly bill would allow millions of people of faith to save tax-free for their medical expenses. It would do this by opening up the popular Health Savings Accounts program to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been inadvertently shut out of it because of their religious practice. Specifically, the bill would amend the tax code to treat membership in a health care sharing ministry as equivalent to owning a high-deductible health plan, for purposes of having an HSA.

An HSA is a tax-favored savings vehicle first created in 2003 and today enjoyed by more than 15 million Americans. With one, you owe less in taxes, because contributions to the account reduce your taxable income. … But there's a problem, and this is the reason for Kelly's bill: To qualify for an HSA, you have to have a high-deductible health plan, which by definition is insurance. Millions of Americans decline to carry insurance for religious or ethical reasons. These Americans can never qualify for an HSA. It's not that they're insurance slackers or free riders; they just choose to provide for their medical expenses in a different way. Kelly's bill would fix this problem by allowing those who participate in a recognized health care sharing ministry to have an HSA.

Health Savings Accounts and health care sharing are naturally complementary – a match made in heaven … In uniting the two concepts, Kelly has done something astonishing. He has come up with a non-partisan, non-ideological, non-controversial health care reform that would actually make the world better.

NOTE: Health Care Sharing Ministries are religious non-profit associations that serve more than 170,000 households nationwide who choose to share medical expenses as a result of their belief that individuals and families should bear the primary responsibility of paying for their own health care. Under current law, HCSMs are already recognized as valid insurance alternatives. However, they cannot offer HSAs, which are only available to taxpayers who purchase high-deductible health plans. Rep. Kelly’s legislation would change this.

 

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Rep. Kelly Announces August Town Halls

2015/08/12

Constituent events to address VA concerns & general issues

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) announced today that he will host two town hall-style events later this month which will be open to all constituents of the Third District of Pennsylvania.

WHO:  Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)

WHAT: Two public town hall events hosted by Rep. Kelly for his constituents

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 & Friday, August 28, 2015

EVENT LISTING:

Town Hall Meeting w/Rep. Kelly and Erie VA Medical Center Director David Cord

Topic: Veterans issues

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: H.O. Hirt Auditorium, Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library | 160 E Front St, Erie, PA 16507

Tele-Town Hall Meeting w/Rep. Kelly

Topic: General issues

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Call-in Information: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.

 

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Kelly Provision to Lower Energy Costs Signed into Law by President

2015/07/31

Included in bipartisan 3-month highway bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the inclusion of the language of the Energy Production Fairness Act (H.R. 898) in the final passage and enactment of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236), which was signed into law by President Obama this afternoon. The provision – introduced as H.R. 898 by Rep. Kelly and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) in February – will amend propane’s excise tax provisions in the Internal Revenue Code in order to provide Federal excise tax equivalence to gasoline, which, according to Butane-Propane News, “will result in lower excise taxes being levied on propane used in auto fuel applications.”

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“Today is a very good day for Western Pennsylvania, where propane is indispensable to our economy and our energy security. This tax-lowering provision will reduce heating bills for countless families and seniors in the Third District and help local energy providers create more jobs. It’s bipartisan, it’s commonsense, and now it’s law.”

Statement by Rep. Kind:

“Propane is an important part of our economy in central and western Wisconsin and I am pleased to see President Obama sign this important bill into law. This common sense, bipartisan change will help Wisconsinites save on their energy costs and make smart investments in alternative fuels to help our country become more energy independent.”

Statement by National Propane Gas Association:

“The excise tax equalization provision … will treat propane more fairly than the current structure. Since propane has a lower energy content than gasoline, it takes 1.37 gallons of propane to equal the energy in 1 gallon of gasoline. Consequently, on a proportional basis, more excise tax is paid for a gallon of propane than on a gallon of gasoline. But Sec. 2008 takes the appropriate approach to correct this inequity and tax propane on an energy content basis, thereby creating a level playing field across all auto fuels. Ultimately, this allows consumers to choose which fuels work best for them.”

Statement by UPS:

“LNG and propane are both clean, readily available fuels, produced in the United States,” said Laura Lane, President of UPS Global Public Affairs. “Removing this economic disincentive in the tax code will speed the penetration of LNG and propane vehicles into the marketplace, and expand the use of LNG and propane vehicles on America’s roadways.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly and Rep. Kind – founding members of the Congressional Propane Caucus – first introduced this provision as part of the Powering American Jobs Act of 2014 (H.R. 5775) on December 1, 2014. It was again introduced as a stand-alone bill on February 11, 2015, as the Energy Production Fairness Act (H.R. 898). The provision was included in the final bicameral passage of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236) in Sec. 2008 and signed into law on July 31, 2015.

 

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White House Claims IRS Has Nothing to do with Tax-Exempt Planned Parenthood, Rep. Kelly Responds

2015/07/29

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FLASHBACK: Kelly sent letter to IRS commissioner last week urging agency to audit Planned Parenthood following “sickening” video revelations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight – issued the statement below today in response to remarks made by White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz at this afternoon’s White House briefing regarding Rep. Kelly’s request that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conduct an audit of Planned Parenthood, a tax-exempt organization which has recently come under severe scrutiny for allegedly harvesting and selling body parts of unborn children, which is illegal.

Re-cap:

After informing Shultz of Rep. Kelly’s letter to IRS commissioner John Koskinen, reporter John Gizzi asked: “Is this something the administration would be positive about—an IRS audit of Planned Parenthood to clear the air of controversy?”

Shultz replied: “I haven’t heard that any of the videos or any of the issues surrounding Planned Parenthood have anything to do with the IRS. … I haven’t seen anything to suggest that that audit is necessary.”

Response by Rep. Kelly:

“It is frankly shocking to hear the White House claim that the IRS doesn’t ‘have anything to do’ with the nation’s most controversial tax-exempt organization. Surely Planned Parenthood, which files a 990 form with the IRS every year, would disagree. Based on what our country has learned from the recently released videos, it is more than reasonable and entirely responsible to insist that the IRS closely review Planned Parenthood’s operations to see whether the group is still operating within the parameters of a 501(c)(3) status. In the weeks to come, I expect the White House and the IRS to reach the same commonsense conclusion and support an audit of Planned Parenthood.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Stands Up for Coal Jobs on House Floor

2015/07/29

Champions ‘Coal Country Protection Act’ to stop EPA extremism Votes for REINS Act to end regulatory overreach Rep. Kelly: “This isn’t just about coal country —  this is about our whole country” WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in a Special Order yesterday evening on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the economic benefits of coal and in opposition to harmful regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The event was hosted by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus. Rep. Kelly used the occasion to promote the Coal Country Protection Act, which he re-introduced on June 3, 2015. Yesterday Rep. Kelly also voted for the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015, which amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to require congressional approval of major agency regulations before such regulations can go into effect. The legislation was passed by the House yesterday evening by a bipartisan vote of 243-165.

Highlights of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“This is one promise the president kept: When he ran as a candidate, he said, ‘You can continue to make electric power by burning coal, but if you decide to go that way, we will bankrupt you.’ That is one promise he has kept.”

“In Pennsylvania alone, coal is responsible for over 40,000 jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. The Associated Press calls it ‘the workhorse of the US power system.’ But the extreme overreach by the EPA is threatening jobs and forcing energy costs for families and manufacturers to skyrocket, which hurts every single American.”

“That’s one of the reasons we re-introduced the Coal Country Protection Act—H.R. 2637. It’s a commonsense bill that would stop any new EPA regulations from affecting America’s power plants until four outcomes are achieved: Number one, no job losses; number two, no loss of GDP or economic growth; number three, no higher electric rates; and number four, no interruption in the reliable delivery in electrical energy. These are pretty commonsense goals.”

“It is about time not just for the coal country people to stand up and fight for coal—it’s time for the whole country to stand up and fight for coal. It’s well past the midnight hour. If we continue to shut down mines, lose jobs, shut down communities, and raise electric rates, then people at home sit back and wonder, ‘What are they doing in Washington, [and] why do they continue to hurt us at every turn?” And the answer is: The people making some of this [environmental] policy have never done what you have done. They never walked in your shoes, [and] they’ve never had to do what we have done in coal country to protect electric power. Why in the world would we do this now in a time when the country is looking for jobs, in a time when the country is looking for less dependence on foreign nations for energy? Why now? Why, Mr. President?”

“The bottom line is this isn’t just about coal country—this is about our whole country. … It’s time now for the people of America to also be heard. Please do not sit in silence and suffer in silence when your voices need to be heard. We need to have everybody standing up for coal, [and] standing up for the protection of electricity that is affordable and reliable. …This is something we will never give up or walk away from. It’s not an option.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly’s Coal Country Protection Act (H.R. 2637) would halt any new regulation or guidance by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from new or existing power plants until the following criteria are met:

  • The Secretary of Labor certifies that there will be no loss in employment
  • The Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) certifies that there will be no drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or economic growth
  • The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) certifies that there will be no increase in electricity rates
  • The Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the President of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. certify that there will be no interruption in energy delivery

BACKGROUND: On August 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal published a guest op-ed written by Rep. Kelly on the economic danger of the EPA's anti-coal regulations proposed under President Obama titled, “Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal.”

On July 29, 2014, Rep. Kelly formally invited President Obama to visit a coal mine in Western Pennsylvania. The visit would be personally arranged by Rep. Kelly and designed to give the president an opportunity to meet the workers whose jobs are most directly threatened by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The invitation, since re-iterated, has thus far been declined by the White House.

Rep. Kelly is a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. On October 29, 2013, he delivered a memorable address at the National Mining Association’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs” on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol which can be viewed here.

 

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Rep. Kelly Urges IRS to Audit Planned Parenthood

2015/07/23

Confronts IRS commissioner about controversial group’s tax-exempt status at Ways & Means hearing Sends follow-up letter requesting group be audited

Rep. Kelly: “As a non-profit, they look rather profitable” WATCH HERE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – participated in this morning’s Oversight Subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s audit selection process featuring testimony by IRS commissioner John Koskinen. During his remarks, Rep. Kelly inquired about the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Planned Parenthood, which has recently come under severe scrutiny for allegedly harvesting and selling body parts of unborn children, which is illegal. Following the hearing, Rep. Kelly sent Commissioner Koskinen a formal letter officially requesting that the agency conduct an audit of Planned Parenthood. The letter can be viewed here.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s remarks to IRS Commissioner Koskinen:

“This comes down to the general public. I want to ask you a question that just came up the last couple days, and it really bothers me and it bothers a lot of people in the Third District back in Pennsylvania that I represent. … Planned Parenthood has been in the news for what appears to be commercial activity—the sale of fetal tissue. I’m assuming you’ve seen some of the videos; I have and most of the people I represent have. Planned Parenthood operates a tax exempt entity for both 501(c)(3) as well as a 501(c)(4). According to Planned Parenthood’s 990 Form filed in 2013, they had gross receipts of $196,986,791. So as a non-profit, they look rather profitable. However, given the recent videos that have come to light, my question to you from an outcry from the general public: Does the IRS plan to audit or investigate Planned Parenthood for what looks to be a commercial activity?”

“Really what we’re talking about today is restoring the faith and trust that the American people have to have in the IRS, and they look to us in Congress as their oversight to protect them at all cost. And you and I both work for the same people. I do not work for the Republican Party; I work for the people of Pennsylvania’s Third District, and more importantly, the people of the United States—the same as you. I’m looking at an organization right now – Planned Parenthood – with a 501(c)(3) status and looking at the numbers and saying, ‘My God, do we really have a blind eye and a deaf ear to what’s going on, and are these people ever going to be audited?’”

“At some point somebody somewhere should be hearing all the bells and whistles going out and the smell of sulfur in the room to say, ‘We better look into what’s going on here because there’s something that’s gone off track.’ And I would just say referrals can come from the general public. I would think the people of America are asking the IRS to take a very good look into this organization that has a 501(c)(3) status. I’m going to look into it; I want you to get back to me.”

 

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Rep. Kelly Supports Committee Investigations into Planned Parenthood Revelations

2015/07/16

Calls on President Obama, HHS Secretary Burwell to condemn, investigate “sickening” abortion practices revealed by video

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in support of upcoming House investigations into the illegal harvesting practices recently revealed by the Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services, announced this week by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

“The practices revealed this week by a top Planned Parenthood official are beyond outrageous and sickening—they are a call to action. The harvesting and selling of unborn children’s body parts is intolerable for any society that claims to respect human dignity and basic moral decency. I offer my full support to each of my colleagues as they aggressively pursue every relevant detail about these disturbing revelations and ensure that these horrific practices are immediately and permanently stopped. I also share Speaker Boehner’s call for both President Obama and Secretary Burwell to publicly condemn and investigate that which can no longer be denied. Finally, I call on the Senate to approve the House-passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and send it to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly has co-signed a joint bipartisan letter to Chairman Upton and Chairman Goodlatte expressing appreciation for the planned investigations, encouraging them “to act swiftly to examine current federal laws and regulations in your Committee’s jurisdiction, potential violations of current law, and identify areas where the law may be insufficient,” and urging them “to explore the activities of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, companies that broker fetal tissue and any incentives created by National Institutes of Health funding for research using the body parts of unborn children.” The letter is scheduled to be sent tomorrow.

 

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Rep. Kelly Condemns Iran Nuclear Deal

2015/07/14

“A dangerous mistake of potentially historic proportions”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding this morning’s announcement by the Obama administration of an agreement with Iran over the future of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear weapons program.

“Based on everything we currently know, the Obama administration’s deal with Iran represents a dangerous mistake of potentially historic proportions. It fails to achieve the paramount mission of permanently ending Iran’s nuclear ambitions while instead leaving the Islamic Republic newly emboldened, wrongly legitimized, and ominously free to continue its deadly sponsorship of international terrorism.

“Throughout the entire negotiation process, President Obama was openly desperate to achieve a legacy-cementing deal at almost any cost. The Iranians exploited the situation by extracting concession after concession and are now left celebrating a deal that rewards their government with tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief—much of which is guaranteed to be funneled to terrorist groups and causes throughout the world. At the same time, the agreement excludes any requirements by Iran to allow thorough American inspections, release American hostages, or even curb its well-known human rights abuses against its own people.

“Going forward, the American people’s representatives in Congress must remind the world what this administration has clearly forgotten: that Iran is not our moral or geopolitical equal but rather an untrustworthy terror state still committed to the advance of radicalism and the annihilation of Israel. We must do everything in our power to defeat this agreement. Doing so would reassert our nation’s indispensable global leadership and deny Iran a victory the world cannot afford.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE AGREEMENT

 

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Rep. Kelly Praises House Passage of Student Success Act

2015/07/09

Bill replaces No Child Left Behind & expands student opportunity

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday evening by a vote of 218-213. Detailed information about the legislation can be found here and here.

“Last night I was very proud to join the People's House in passing the Student Success Act, a commonsense bill with major reforms to empower parents, increase accountability, restore local control, and ensure a quality education for every American child. Since first coming to Congress, I’ve pledged to be Western Pennsylvania’s voice in Washington and never the other way around. This legislation helps fulfill that pledge by making sure the main decision-makers for our children’s education are parents, teachers, and local leaders instead of distant federal bureaucrats. Every student is unique and each school district across America has its own specific needs. Education policy should reflect this basic fact and allow schools to determine what works best for themselves and then be held accountable at the most local possible level.”

 

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Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.

Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and the Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.

Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.

Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when Mike was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Mike looks forward to representing the interests and voicing the concerns of the 3rd District, especially as they relate to Mike’s work on the House Committee on Ways and Means.


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