Election 2017

Donald Trump turned to these PA congressmen for White House help

One’s a climate change denier; the other’s “close friends” with a mobbed-up casino owner.

From left to right: PA Congressman Tom Marino, PA Congressman Scott Perry and PA Congressman Lou Barletta at a Donald Trump rally.

From left to right: PA Congressman Tom Marino, PA Congressman Scott Perry and PA Congressman Lou Barletta at a Donald Trump rally.

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Donald Trump has said he values loyalty ahead of almost anything else. The two Pennsylvania congressmen who have stood with him the longest have been rewarded accordingly.

Congressman Tom Marino, a Republican from Williamsport, and Congressman Lou Barletta, a Republican from Hazleton, today joined the Presidential Transition Team’s Executive Committee, along with RNC chair Reince Priebus, Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon and rich person Peter Thiel. Also Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump.

Here are the basics on Marino and Barletta, who have both spent months stumping for Trump across Pennsylvania:

Congressman Tom Marino

U.S. Rep Tom Marino

U.S. Rep Tom Marino

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Where he represents

Originally from Williamsport, Marino represents Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, which encompasses parts of central and northeast Pennsylvania.

His political background

Marino was first elected to Congress in 2010, after serving as the district attorney of Lycoming County, where Williamsport is located. He’s also a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

When he endorsed Trump

Marino was the fifth member of Congress to officially endorse Trump, and he did so in February. According to Politico: “The congressman called endorsing Trump ‘one of my life-changing moments’ — along with quitting his job at 30 to go to college and law school, adopting his children, and deciding to run for Congress in 2010.”

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Congressman Lou Barletta

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta

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Where he represents

Barletta was first elected to Congress in 2010 and represents the 11th congressional district. The district encompasses… well, it’s hard to explain. Gerrymandering is a thing. Here’s a picture:

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His political background

In 2010, Barletta was elected to serve in Congress on his third attempt. Before that, he was the mayor of Hazleton, in Luzerne County, where he was elected three times. He was known nationwide for his 2006 “Illegal Immigration Relief Act,” which would have revoked business licenses from people that hired “illegal aliens.” It was shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice.

When he endorsed Trump

Barletta endorsed Trump in March, saying: “Donald Trump’s voice is resonating with average Americans who feel their voice has been lost by their party,” according to the Washington Post. 

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