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Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)

District: 16th District
Political Highlights: Pa. House, 1973-97; U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present
Born: Oct. 10, 1939; Lexington, Ky.
Residence: Kennett Square
Religion: Protestant
Family: Wife, Virginia M. "Ginny" Pitts; three children
Education: Asbury College, A.B. 1961; West Chester State College, M.Ed. 1972
Military Service: Air Force, 1963-69
Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (10th term)
Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Energy & Power; Environment & the Economy; Health - Chairman; Select Investigative Panel)

Election History
2014generalJoe Pitts (R) 101,72257.7
Thomas Houghton (D) 74,51342.3
2012generalJoe Pitts (R) 156,19254.8
Aryanna Strader (D) 111,18539.0
John Murphy (I) 12,2504.3
James Bednarski (BFC) 5,1541.8
2010generalJoe Pitts (R) 134,11365.4
Lois Herr (D) 70,99434.6
2008generalJoe Pitts (R) 170,32955.8
Bruce Slater (D) 120,19339.4
John Murphy (I) 11,7683.9
Daniel Frank (CNSTP) 2,8770.9
2006generalJoe Pitts (R) 115,74156.6
Lois Herr (D) 80,91539.5
John Murphy (I) 7,9583.9
2004generalJoe Pitts (R) 183,62064.4
Lois Herr (D) 98,41034.5
William Hagen (GREEN) 3,2691.2
2002generalJoe Pitts (R) 119,04688.5
Will Todd (GREEN) 8,7206.5
Kenneth Brenneman (CNSTP) 6,7665.0
2000generalJoe Pitts (R) 162,40367.0
Robert Yorczyk (D) 80,17733.1
1998generalJoe Pitts (R) 95,97970.5
Robert Yorczyk (D) 40,09229.5
1996generalJoe Pitts (R) 124,51159.4
James Blaine (D) 78,59837.5
Robert Yorczyk (REF) 6,4853.1
Roll Call Vitals


on the House Seniority List

Fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle (D) is 72nd.


Pennsylvania is 10th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Joe Pitts has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.