|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 161st district
January 2, 2007 – November 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Tom Gannon|
|Succeeded by||Joe Hackett|
|Alma mater||Wissahickon High School
Valley Forge Military Academy and College
War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1986–|
|Unit||325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division
416th Civil Affairs Battalion
Bryan Roy Lentz (born June 5, 1964) is a private attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the former Pennsylvania State Representative for the 161st legislative district (2007–2010), and he was the 2010 Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. He is an Iraq War veteran and former prosecutor.
Early life, education and career
Bryan Lentz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Martin and Bonnie Minehart Lentz. His father was mobilized in 1962 to help desegregate the University of Mississippi. A fourth generation army veteran, Lentz attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College and earned a degree in philosophy Georgetown University in 1986 on a full army scholarship. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry and was assigned to the Second Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC. Lentz served overseas in Iraq, where he commanded a Civil Affairs unit assisting with improving the infrastructure and rebuilding civil governance of Mosul, Iraq. Lentz also served with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula and with NATO peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. He earned the Bronze Star and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Lentz earned a law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1993. He has worked as attorney in private practice and for six years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In 2006, he planned to run for the United States House of Representatives in the Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district against Curt Weldon. After discussions with party officials, however, Lentz decided to bow out in favor of Rear Admiral Joe Sestak. Instead, he ran for the State House. He defeated incumbent Tom Gannon with 51.5% of the vote.
2010 U.S. Congressional campaign
On November 12, 2009, Lentz announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. He sought to replace Joe Sestak, the two-term Democratic incumbent who ran for the United States Senate.
Lentz ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the Democratic primary on May 18, 2010.
Meehan won the general election with 54.9% of the vote, while Lentz received 44.0%; Schneller ended up with 1.1%.
Tea Party controversy
On October 19, 2010, Lentz acknowledged that he had been aware that some supporters were circulating petitions in support of Jim Schneller, a self-described "Tea Party candidate" officially running on the American Congress Party Ticket, an effort which his opponents describe as an attempt to split the conservative vote. Lentz said he did not encourage Schneller to enter the race, and that he does not believe that assisting Schneller circulate his petitions was improper.
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- "Lentz Announces Experienced Campaign Consulting Team" (Press release). pa2010.com. September 11, 2009.
- "2010 General Election - Representative in Congress". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- Isenstadt, Alex (2010-10-20). "Lentz admits he helped tea party". The Politico. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
Lentz is one of several Democrats who Republicans have accused of planting tea party-affiliated candidate get on the ballot. New Jersey Rep. John Adler, a freshman Democrat in a tight race against Republican Jon Runyan, has deflected questions over whether his campaign worked to place Peter DeStaefano run on the Tea Party line.