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 (1973-12-17) December 17, 1973 (age 44)
Levittown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education La Salle University (BS)
Pennsylvania State University (MBA)
Pennsylvania State University Law (JD)
Website House website

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

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.[1]

An alumnus of La Salle University and Pennsylvania State University,[1] he returned to Pennsylvania in 2016 to succeed his elder brother, retiring U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, who did not run in 2016 for re-election as he had promised to limit himself to four terms.[2][3]

Fitzpatrick is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[4] and the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.”[8]

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".[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District". BucksLocalNews.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  2. ^ "PA-8: Report: Fitzpatrick's Brother to Seek Seat". PoliticsPA.com. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  3. ^ Tamari, Jonathan (2016-01-21). "Rep. Fitzpatrick's brother will run to replace him". Philly.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: The Lugar Center. April 24, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's 2017 Report Card". Washington, D.C.: GovTrack. January 6, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  8. ^ Timmons, Heather. "The short (but growing) list of Republican lawmakers who are publicly condemning Trump's "Muslim ban"". Quartz. 
  9. ^ http://www.phillyvoice.com/us-rep-fitzpatrick-i-cannot-support-republican-health-care-plan/
  10. ^ http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/bucks-county-congressman-brian-fitzpatrick-votes-against-american-health-care/article_adede5c6-3102-11e7-a1fb-8f1ba8a8ebef.html
  11. ^ Boyle, James (January 10, 2018). "Trump signs Brian Fitzpatrick's fentanyl screening bill". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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