HARRISBURG, PA, Oct. 4, 2012 – ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsements for state Senate and House races. 

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr said incumbent lawmakers and candidates for open seats earned the business community’s support because of their commitment and willingness to advance policies that will foster a robust private-sector, grow the Commonwealth’s economy and improve the state’s fiscal well-being in an effort to move Pennsylvania forward.

Barr said votes on key legislation, amendments and procedural action, along with responses to candidate questionnaires, help to determine endorsement support.

In the Senate, 13 Republicans and two Democrats earned ChamberPAC’s backing.

They include incumbents:

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson/Elk/Clearfield/Cameron/McKean/Potter/Tioga/Warren
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware
Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union
John Gordner, R-Dauphin/Snyder/Montour/Northumberland/Luzerne/Columbia
Don White, R-Butler/Armstrong/Indiana/Clearfield/Westmoreland
Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster/York
Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester/Montgomery
David Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon/Lehigh/Northampton
Patricia Vance, R-Cumberland
Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Frankin/York
John Wozniak, D-Cambria/Somerset/Clearfield/Centre/Clinton
Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland
Elder Vogel, R-Allegheny/Beaver/Lawrence

They also include candidates for several open seats in the state Senate. In Erie’s 49th District, ChamberPAC is backing Republican Janet Anderson in the race to replace retiring long-time Sen. Jane Earll. Anderson has extensive economic development experience, and is currently Economic Development director for Earll. ChamberPAC is also endorsing Republican D. Raja for the open Senate seat in Allegheny County’s 37th District, which was held by Sen. John Pippy, who now heads the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance; and current state Rep. Scott Hutchinson, R-Venango, who is seeking the seat held by Mary Jo White, who is retiring from office. In addition, the PA Chamber is backing John McNally for Dauphin County’s 15th District seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Piccola.

In state House races, the following Republican and Democratic incumbent lawmakers received endorsements from ChamberPAC:

Curt Sonney, R-Erie – 4th District
Brad Roae, R-Crawford – 6th District
Dick Stevenson, R-Butler/Mercer – 8th District
Brian Ellis, R-Butler – 11th District
Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler – 12th District
John Lawrence, R- Chester – 13th District
Jim Christiana, R-Beaver – 15th District
Robert Matzie, D-Allegheny – 16th District
Michelle Brooks, R-Allegheny – 17th District
Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny – 20th District
Dom Costa, D-Allegheny – 21st District
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny – 28th District
Bernie O’Neil, R-Bucks – 29th District
Anne Chapman, Republican challenger to incumbent Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks – 31st District
Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny – 39th District
John Maher, R-Allegheny – 40th District
Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster – 41st District
Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny – 44th District
Keith Gillespie, R-York – 47th District
Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery – 53rd District
Eli Evankovich, R-Westmoreland/Armstrong – 54th District
George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland – 56th District
Tim Krieger, R-Westmoreland – 57th District
Mike Reese, R-Fayette/Westmoreland – 59th District
Jeff Pyle, R-Indiana/Armstrong – 60th District
Dave Reed, R-Indiana – 62nd District
Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion – 63rd District
Kathy Rapp, R-Forest/Warren/McKean – 65th District
Speaker of the House Sam Smith, R-Jefferson – 66th District
Martin Causer, R-McKean – 67th District
Matthew Baker, R-Tioga/Bradford – 68th District
Carl Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset – 69th District
Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield – 75th District
Dick Hess, R-Bedford – 78th District
Jerry Stern, R-Blair – 80th District
Michael Fleck, R-Huntingdon – 81st District
Adam Harris, R-Juniata – 82nd District
Garth Everett, R-Lycoming – 84th District
Fred Keller, R-Snyder – 85th District
Mark Keller, R-Perry – 86th District
Glen Grell, R-Cumberland – 87th District
Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland – 88th District
Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin – 89th District
Todd Rock, R-Franklin – 90th District
Dan Moul, R-Adams – 91st District
Ron Miller, R-York – 93rd District
Stan Saylor, R-York – 94th District
David Hickernell, R-Lancaster – 98th District
Gordon Denlinger, R-Lancaster – 99th District
Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster – 100th District
Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon – 101st District
RoseMarie Swanger, R-Lebanon – 102nd District
Sue Helm, R-Dauphin – 104th District
Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin – 105th District
John Payne, R-Dauphin – 106th District
Kurt Masser, R-Northumberland – 107th District
Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland – 108th District
Dave Millard, R-Columbia – 109th District
Tina Pickett, R-Bradford – 110th District
Sandra Major, R-Susquehanna – 111th District
Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne – 116th District
Karen Boback, R-Luzerne – 117th District
Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon – 122nd District
Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill – 124th District
Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill – 125th District
Mark Gillen, R-Berks – 128th District
Jim Cox, R-Berks – 129th District
David Maloney, R-Berks – 130th District
Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh – 131st District
Ryan McKenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh – 134th District
Joe Emrick, R-Northampton – 137th District
Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton – 138th District
Mike Peifer, R-Pike – 139th District
Tina Davis, D-Bucks – 141st District
Frank Farry, R-Bucks – 142nd District
Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks – 143rd District
Kathy Watson, R-Bucks – 144th District|
Paul Clymer, R-Bucks – 145th District
Tom Quigley, R-Montgomery – 146th District
Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery – 147th District
Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery – 150th District
Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery – 151st District
Dan Truitt, R-Chester – 156th District
Warren Kampf, R-Chester – 157th District
Chris Ross, R-Chester – 158th District
Stephen Barrar, R-Delaware – 160th District
Joe Hackett, R-Delaware – 161st District
Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware – 162nd District
Nick Micozzie, R-Delaware – 163rd District
Margo Davidson, D-Delaware – 164th District
Bill Adolph, Sr., R-Delaware – 165th District
Duane Milne, R-Chester – 167th District
Tom Killion, R-Delaware – 168th District
Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre – 171st District
Mario Scavello, R-Monroe – 176th District
Scott Petri, R-Bucks – 178th District
Julie Harhart, R-Northampton – 183rd District
Bill Keller, D-Phila. – 184th District
Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Phila. – 185th District
Gary Day, R-Lehigh – 187th District
Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe – 189th District
Will Tallman, R-Adams – 193rd District
Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland – 199th District
Seth Grove, R-York – 196th District

The following candidates are endorsed in House open seat races:

Republican Jason Owen in Erie County’s 3rd District
Republican Keith Greiner in Lancaster County’s 43rd District
Republican James Lee in Venango County 64th District
Republican Thomas Sankey in Clearfield County’s 74th District
Republican John McGinnis in Blair County’s 79th District
Democrat Michael Schlossberg in Lehigh County’s 132nd District
Republican Becky Corbin in Chester County’s 155th District

“Pennsylvania Chamber members are proud to support these incumbent lawmakers and first-time legislative candidates,” Barr said. “Residents in their respective districts will be well-served by men and women who support through their actions and campaign platforms the free market system, and understand what private-sector employers need to grow jobs in the Commonwealth.”


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ChamberPAC is a bipartisan political action committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, whose purpose is to contribute to pro-job, pro-growth candidates who believe in business’s rights to compete on an equal basis in the world marketplace. ChamberPAC is governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer business leaders.