About Rick Saccone
Dr. Rick Saccone was elected to the Pennsylvania House or Representatives for the 39th District in November 2010, and is seeking re-election in 2012. During his first year in office, Rick has accomplished many of his goals to serve the citizens of his district, including passing an on-time budget, holding the line against tax increases, cutting the state budget and passing the Castle Doctrine. Rick serves on several important committees in the House including Judiciary, Environmental Resources & Energy, Urban Affairs, Children & Youth, and the Joint Committee on Air and Water Pollution. Rick has a proven track record as a public servant, a leader, and a defender of the taxpayer.
His background is unique. He served our county for more than two decade as a United States Air Force Counterintelligence and Special Agent conducting felony, criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide.
After retiring from the Air Force, Rick remained in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor and later moved on to work in international business for several corporations operating in South Korea and Central America. He later became a representative for an international organization implementing the Agreed Framework with North Korea. As the only American citizen living in North Korea during this time, Rick gained invaluable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with international officials to build nuclear power plants.
After returning to the U.S to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, Rick became a full-time professor at Saint Vincent College teaching Political Science, Government, International Business.
When America went to war with Iraq, Rick volunteered for an assignment to the U.S. Army as a civilian. He served in Baghdad and in the hotspot of Mosul as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent responsible for identifying, capturing and interrogating insurgents.
After returning to the United States and Saint Vincent College, Dr. Saccone embarked on a Fulbright-Hayes summer scholarship to Egypt studying Islam, history and politics, and, most recently, an education and research scholarship to Africa.
Rick has traveled to 69 countries; contributed numerous articles on international politics, business and culture to top national and international newspapers such as USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Korea Times; and authored seven books on North and South Korea, and his eighth book on Iraq.
Just as active in his local community, Rick has served on the Elizabeth EMS Ambulance Board, the Elizabeth Forward School Board, and many years as a church youth leader. He is also a graduate and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America, and a life member of the National Rifle Association, and a long-time member of Firearms Owners Against Crime.
During his school board service, Rick was successful in his efforts to cut school property taxes twice, eliminate a wasteful spending project that was strongly opposed by the public, and increase the overall level of government transparency and accountability.
Rick resides in Elizabeth Township with his wife, Yong. They are the proud parents of two sons, Nick and Matthew.