Brian Fitzpatrick (American politician)

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Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Mike Fitzpatrick
Personal details
Born Brian Kevin Fitzpatrick
(1973-12-17) December 17, 1973 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Relatives Mike Fitzpatrick (brother)
Residence Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Education La Salle University (BS)
Pennsylvania State University (MBA)
Pennsylvania State University Law (JD)
Website House website

Brian Kevin Fitzpatrick (born December 17, 1973) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district. A former FBI Agent, he was elected in 2016 and took office on January 3, 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby Levittown, Pennsylvania, Fitzpatrick graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills in 1992.[1][2] He graduated from La Salle University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2001, Fitzpatrick completed both a Master of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University and Juris Doctor at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.[3][1]

Career[edit]

Fitzpatrick is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisory special agent in California. At the FBI, he served as a national supervisor for the Bureau's Public Corruption Unit, and led the agency's Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement program. He has traveled the world to fight corruption as an agent in places including Kiev, Ukraine, Mosul, Iraq and Washington, D.C.[3] He was embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2016[edit]

In 2016, Fitzpatrick ran for the open U.S. House of Representatives seat of Mike Fitzpatrick, who retired from Congress to uphold a promise to limit himself to four terms.[4][5]

In the April 26, 2016, primaries, Brian Fitzpatrick, with 78.4% of the vote, beat Andy Warren and Marc Duome for the Republican nomination, while Steve Santarsiero beat Shaughnessy Naughton for the Democratic nod, 59.8% to 40.2%. In the general election, Fitzpatrick received 54.4% of the vote, Santarsiero received 45.6%.[6]

2018[edit]

As a result of redistricting, Fitzpatrick will run in District 1 in 2018. In the Republican primary on May 15, 2018, he defeated Dean Malik, 68.85% to 31.15%. In the Democratic primary, Scott Wallace won with 55.97% of the vote, defeating Rachel Reddick, with 35.85%, and Steve Bacher, with 8.18%.[7]

Tenure[edit]

Fitzpatrick is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[8] and the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus.[9]

Political positions[edit]

In the first session of the 115th United States Congress, Fitzpatrick was ranked the third most bipartisan member of the House of Representatives by the Bipartisan Index, a metric created by the Lugar Center and Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy to assess congressional bipartisanship.[10] GovTrack noted that Fitzpatrick introduced the most bills among freshman Representatives, and, of the 274 bills he cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a non-Republican legislator.[11]

Immigration[edit]

In 2017, Fitzpatrick was critical of President Obama's executive order establishing the DACA program, but asserted the immigration system was broken. In a 2018 debate, Fitzpatrick said that he supported a path to citizenship for so-called DREAMers, but that “any immigration reform package has to deal with border security.”[12][13]

National security[edit]

Fitzpatrick opposed President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “the president’s policy entirely misses the mark.”[14]

Russia[edit]

In a 2018 debate, Fitzpatrick asserted that Russia held “by and large, sinister motives”, noting that while he was stationed in Ukraine, twice Russia attempted to knock out the nation's electrical grids through cyber attacks.[15]

In July 2018, Fitzpatrick asserted that President Trump had been "manipulated" by Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit. Fitzpatrick said he was "frankly sickened by the exchange" between Trump and Putin. He criticized the "mixed signals" that the Trump administration was sending regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.[16]

Health care[edit]

Fitzpatrick opposed the American Health Care Act solution to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a statement, Fitzpatrick said, "After considering the current healthcare bill in a thorough and deliberate manner, I have concluded that, although the American Health Care Act focuses on several much-needed reforms to our healthcare system, in its current form I cannot support this legislation".[17] Fitzpatrick joined many of his Republican colleagues as well as the majority of Democrats in an effort to oppose the bill.

On May 4, 2017, Fitzpatrick also voted against the second attempt to pass the American Health Care Act. In a statement, he said, “We saw what happened when healthcare reform – an issue impacting 1/5 of our economy - was rushed through Congress along extremely partisan lines in 2009," referring to the ACA in 2010.[18]

Narcotics trafficking[edit]

Fitzpatrick sponsored the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump in January 2018. The new law directs $15 million to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to expand screening for fentanyl and opioids at the U.S. border.[19]

Gerrymandering[edit]

In September 2017, Fitzpatrick urged the U.S. Supreme Court to limit extreme partisan gerrymandering in the Gill v. Whitford case. He stressed that partisan redistricting had undermined the Founding Father's vision of the House of Representatives remaining the voice of the people.[20]

He was the only Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania who did not take part in a February 2018 lawsuit challenging a new district map drawn by Democrats. He explained that he opposes the drawing of congressional districts by elected officials of either party, saying instead that they should be drawn by independent, nonpartisan citizen panels.[21]

Term limits[edit]

In April 2018, Fitzpatrick led a bipartisan group of freshmen House members in an Oval Office meeting at which they discussed with President Trump a proposed constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits.[22]

Mueller probe[edit]

In April 2018, Fitzpatrick said that President Trump should stop attacking the FBI and allow Robert Mueller to complete his investigation, stating it was improper to “judge an institution based on the actions of a few bad actors.”[23]

Congressional perks[edit]

In May 2018, Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced H.R. 5946, the Fostering Accountability, Integrity, Trust, and Honor (FAITH) in Congress Act, that would “end certain special perks reserved for Members of Congress, enact a lifetime ban preventing former Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, and withhold Members' paychecks if they fail to pass a budget on time.”[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fitzpatrick, Brian K. (1973- )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved July 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ Tamari, Jonathan (January 22, 2016). "Fitzpatrick's brother aims to succeed him in U.S. House". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 22, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District". BucksLocalNews.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  4. ^ "PA-8: Report: Fitzpatrick's Brother to Seek Seat". PoliticsPA.com. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  5. ^ Tamari, Jonathan (2016-01-21). "Rep. Fitzpatrick's brother will run to replace him". Philly.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  6. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania%27s_8th_Congressional_District_election,_2016
  7. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Brian_Fitzpatrick
  8. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: The Lugar Center. April 24, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's 2017 Report Card". Washington, D.C.: GovTrack. January 6, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ Benshoff, Laura; Bucks Republicans clash over Russia, immigration in congressional debate; Whyy; May 2, 2018; https://whyy.org/articles/bucks-republicans-clash-over-russia-immigration-in-congressional-debate/
  13. ^ Boyle, james; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania lawmakers call for legislative DACA solution; The Intelligence; September 5, 2017; http://www.theintell.com/a84a0884-924b-11e7-8edd-d3f86181ed08.html
  14. ^ Timmons, Heather. "The short (but growing) list of Republican lawmakers who are publicly condemning Trump's "Muslim ban"". Quartz. 
  15. ^ Benshoff, Laura; Bucks Republicans clash over Russia, immigration in congressional debate; Whyy; May 2, 2018; https://whyy.org/articles/bucks-republicans-clash-over-russia-immigration-in-congressional-debate/
  16. ^ "GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: 'The President Was Manipulated By Vladimir Putin'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  17. ^ http://www.phillyvoice.com/us-rep-fitzpatrick-i-cannot-support-republican-health-care-plan/
  18. ^ http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/bucks-county-congressman-brian-fitzpatrick-votes-against-american-health-care/article_adede5c6-3102-11e7-a1fb-8f1ba8a8ebef.html
  19. ^ Boyle, James (January 10, 2018). "Trump signs Brian Fitzpatrick's fentanyl screening bill". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  20. ^ Fitzpatrick-Led Brief Pushes Supreme Court on Redistricting Reform; Highbeam; September 6, 2017; https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-503574984.html
  21. ^ Otterbein, Holly; This Republican is bucking his party in the fight over Pa.'s new congressional map; The Inquirer; February 27, 2018; http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/rep-brian-fitzpatrick-fighting-gerrymandering-pennsylvania-20180227.html?arc404=true
  22. ^ O'Malley, James; Fitzpatrick talks term limits with Trump; The Times; April 26, 2018; http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180426/fitzpatrick-talks-term-limits-with-trump
  23. ^ O'Malley, James; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to Donald Trump: ‘Stop attacking the FBI’; Bucks County Courier Times; April 10, 2018; http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20180410/rep-brian-fitzpatrick-to-donald-trump-stop-attacking-fbi
  24. ^ Powers, Scott; Stephanie Murphy sponsors ‘congressional accountability’ bill; Florida Politics; May 24, 2018; http://floridapolitics.com/archives/264498-stephanie-murphy-sponsors-congressional-accountability-bill

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Fitzpatrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Drew Ferguson
R-Georgia
United States Representatives by seniority
389th
Succeeded by
Matt Gaetz
R-Florida