special election was held on May 21, 2019, to fill the remainder of the term for in the Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district United States House of Representatives for the 116th United States Congress. Tom Marino, a Republican, resigned from office effective January 23.
Background [ edit ]
As a result of the
2018 elections, Pennsylvania's House delegation to the 116th U.S. Congress took office in early January 2019 with a tie of 9 Republicans and 9 Democrats.
Tom Marino, the incumbent representative for , announced his resignation effective January 23, 2019. By state law, Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district Governor Tom Wolf was required to call for a special election at least 60 days after the seat became vacant. Wolf set the election for May 21.  Primary elections were not held in the race. Instead, nominees were chosen by each party.  Republicans selected their nominee on March 2. 
Republican conferee meeting [ edit ]
Candidates [ edit ]
Nominee [ edit ]
Defeated at the convention [ edit ]
Jessica Bowman-Hosley, professor
 Malcolm Derk, former
Snyder County commissioner  Kevin Ferrara, veteran
 Stacy Garrity, businesswoman
 Davis C. Haire, doctor
 Chris Hoffman, vice president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
 Matthew McDermott
 Doug McLinko,
Bradford County commissioner and candidate for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district in 2018  Patrick Miller, law student
 Maria Montero
Joseph Moralez, vice president of a statewide nursing agency
 Robert Noerr, former National Debate Tournament qualifier
 Joseph Peters, former state deputy attorney general and candidate for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district in 2018 
Withdrawn [ edit ]
 James Canning, businessman and constable
 Gerald Carlin, businessman
 Brian Fuller, activist
 Bobby Jeffries
 Dale McElhattan
 Chuck Risio
 Matthew Timm
Jeff Wheeland, state representative  Matthew Zeigler, lawyer 
Declined to run [ edit ]
Lou Barletta, former U.S. Representative and nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 
Jake Corman, majority leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate  Keith Eckel, former president of the State Farm Bureau
Jonathan Fritz, state representative  Davis C. Haire
Sandra Major, former state representative  Tony Mussare,
Lycoming County commissioner  
Michael Peifer, state representative 
Mario Scavello, state senator   Jeff Stroehmann, businessman
  Dave Weber, district director for outgoing U.S. Representative
Tom Marino    Eugene Yaw, state senator 
Democratic selection [ edit ]
According to the
Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Marc Friedenberg, the Democratic nominee for the district in 2018, was the only individual who submitted an application to be the nominee. Therefore, the convention was cancelled, and the party declared Friedenberg the nominee on February 12.
General election [ edit ]
Endorsements [ edit ]
Debates [ edit ]
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Fundraising [ edit ]
Campaign finance reports as of June 30, 2019
Cash on hand
Fred Keller (R)
Marc Friedenberg (D)
Source: Federal Election Commission
Results [ edit ]
Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election, 2019
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Levy, Marc (November 6, 2018). "Democrats, 4 of them women, win House seats in Pennsylvania". Associated Press . Retrieved . February 27, 2019
Oprysko, Caitlin; Motellaro, Zach (January 17, 2019). "Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tom Marino to retire this month". Politico . Retrieved . January 17, 2019
Tom Wolf [@GovernorTomWolf] (January 24, 2019). "Having heard the concerns of county officials, I am scheduling the special election to fill the remainder of Congressman Marino's term on May 21, 2019 to coincide with the primary election" (Tweet) . Retrieved – via January 24, 2019 Twitter.
Paez, Sarah. "Congressman Tom Marino resigns, leaving vacancy in Pa.'s 12th district | Centre Daily Times". Centredaily.com . Retrieved . January 17, 2019
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Krawczeniuk, Borys (February 19, 2019). "Dozens eyeing Marino's vacant U.S. House seat". The Citizens' Voice . Retrieved . February 19, 2019
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Krawczeniuk, Borys (January 25, 2019). "List grows for those seeking Marino seat". citizensvoice.com . Retrieved . March 7, 2019
Levy, Marc (March 2, 2019). "GOP state lawmaker becomes favorite in House race to succeed Marino". Center Daily Times. Associated Press . Retrieved . March 7, 2019
"Former Commissioner Malcolm Derk is running for US Congress". WKOK. February 17, 2019 . Retrieved . February 18, 2019
Cole, John (February 12, 2019). "PA12: Stacy Garrity Announces Bid for GOP Primary". PoliticsPA . Retrieved . February 13, 2019
Dandes, Rick. "Candidates step forward to replace Marino in U.S. Congress | Election 2019". dailyitem.com . Retrieved . February 12, 2019
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"Candidates line up to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Marino". pennlive.com . Retrieved . February 11, 2019
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"Election season is fast approaching. Who's running to represent Centre County?". centredaily . Retrieved . February 14, 2019
Dandes, Rick. "Candidates step forward to replace Marino in U.S. Congress | Election 2019". dailyitem.com . Retrieved . February 11, 2019
Barletta, Lou [@louforsenate] (February 1, 2019). "I am humbled by the number of you who have reached out to me. However, at this time, I am enjoying spending time with my family and preparing for the next chapter of my career. I look forward to helping elect the GOP candidate chosen by the conferees.(2/2)" (Tweet) . Retrieved – via February 2, 2019 Twitter.
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"Marino Resignation Expected to Spark GOP Candidate Rush". National Journal . Retrieved . January 18, 2019
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email@example.com, Rick Dandes rdandes@dailyitem com and Francis Scarcella. "Furious scramble to find replacement candidates in 12th District expected". The Daily Item . Retrieved . January 18, 2019
Gizzi, John (January 20, 2019). "Just What GOP Doesn't Need, Another Special Election in Pa". Newsmax . Retrieved . January 20, 2019
TaylorLightman (January 17, 2019). "Repub on the shortlist to replace Marino in #PA12: @senatorscavello @DougMclinko Rep. Fred Keller". @taylormlightman . Retrieved . January 18, 2019
"Pennsylvania Democratic Party Announces Candidate For Special Election In The 12th Congressional District - Pennsylvania Democratic PartyPennsylvania Democratic Party". Padems.com . Retrieved . February 12, 2019
Donald J. Trump. "Fred Keller of the Great State of Pennsylvania has been an outstanding State Rep. Now he is running as the Republican Nominee for Congress, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement. Strong on Crime, Second Amendment, Military, Vets, and Healthcare. He will do a fantastic job!". Twitter.
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Danneker, Derek (March 2, 2019). "Keller lands GOP nomination". Williamsport Sun-Gazette . Retrieved . March 29, 2019
Guy Reschenthaler (March 3, 2019). "Congrats to @VoteFredKeller for winning the #PA12 Republican Nomination! I am looking forward to serving with you in Congress". Twitter.com . Retrieved . July 15, 2019
Fred Keller (April 18, 2019). "Grateful for @RepLouBarletta's service to our community and for his help and support in my campaign for Congress. One of the all time good guys!". Twitter.com . Retrieved . July 15, 2019
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"Snyder County Commissioner Chair Kantz, Sheriff Zechman Recommend Keller". Fred Keller for Congress. February 21, 2019.
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"Union Co. Chair Boop, Snyder Co. Vice Chairman Knepp Praise Fred Keller". Fred Keller for Congress. February 24, 2019.
"ACU Endorses Fred Keller". American Conservative Union.
Eyewitness News (May 2, 2019). "U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Keller". PAHomePage.com.
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"Leading Pro-Life Groups Endorse Fred Keller for Congress". Fred Keller for Congress. April 15, 2019.
"NFIB Endorses Fred Keller in PA-12 Special Election". NFIB. April 4, 2019.
"NRA-PVF Endorses Fred Keller for U.S. House". NFIB. April 8, 2019.
"U.S. Chamber Endorses Fred Keller". Fred Keller for Congress. May 2, 2019.
Fred Keller [@VoteFredKeller] (May 1, 2019). "Proud to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police Bald Eagle Lodge 51 in Centre County. Our law enforcement make sacrifices every day to keep us safe. I'll always have their backs. #PA12 #May21" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
Susan B. Anthony List (May 14, 2019). "You can bet the guy who wore this pin every day to work and who has a 100 #ProLife voting record will stand up for those tiny little unborn babies when he gets to Congress! @VoteFredKeller #PA12". Twitter.com . Retrieved . July 15, 2019
Hirsch, Jack (April 28, 2019). "Senator Bob Casey, other Pennsylvania Democratic candidates rally at Penn State". Daily Collegian . Retrieved . April 28, 2019
"Endorsements". Marc Friedenberg For Congress. March 27, 2019.
@MarcForPA (May 17, 2019). "I'm proud to be endorsed by Secretary Reich! The best way to improve our economy is by strengthening the middle class and creating more protections for working families, not with tax cuts to the ultra-rich, that take away our hard-earned benefits.www.youtube.com/watch?v=51MJjaHtv6M … #PA12" (Tweet) . Retrieved – via May 17, 2019 Twitter.
"Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman Endorses Marc Friedenberg for PA-12". Marc Friedenberg for Congress. April 16, 2019.
"Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Candidate Endorsements".
". "Endorsement" Endorsement of Marc Friedenberg & "Why can't we be "loyal" to two nations at once? "" secure.campaigner.com. Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania. March 26, 2019.
"Progressive Democrats of America Endorses Marc Friedenberg for Congress". Progressive Democrats of America - PDA. March 31, 2019.
"2019 Endorsements". Sierra Club. March 28, 2019.
"FEC". Archived from the original on June 30, 2019.
"2019 Special Election 12th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Department of State. May 21, 2019 . Retrieved . May 29, 2019
External links [ edit ]
Official campaign websites