Dan Meuser

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Dan Meuser
Rep. Dan Meuser official photo, 116th congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byLou Barletta (Redistricting)
Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania
In office
January 18, 2011 – January 20, 2015
GovernorTom Corbett
Preceded byDaniel Hassell (acting)
Succeeded byEileen McNulty
Personal details
Born (1964-02-10) February 10, 1964 (age 55)
Babylon, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationState University of New York Maritime College
Cornell University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Daniel P. Meuser[1] (born February 10, 1964)[2] is an American businessman and politician who serves as the U.S Representative in Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district. A Republican, he previously served as the Secretary of Revenue in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. He was previously President of the Pride Mobility Corporation, a manufacturer of motorized wheelchairs in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton metro area of Pennsylvania, and currently serves the company as a board member and consultant.[3] He has previously testified before Congress regarding the criticality for federal practices surrounding rights and caring for the disabled. In November 2018, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[4]

Business career[edit]

Meuser was an executive at Pride Mobility Products, a business that he built with his brother Scott and his father Stan.[5] His brother, Scott Meuser, is the chairman and CEO of the company.[6] Meuser left the company in August 2008 to pursue a career in public service. He had worked there since 1988. Although he left his position, he remained on the company's board of directors.[7] During Meuser's tenure at Pride, the company grew from $2 million in sales to over $400 million.[8] In 2002, Pride paid $80,000 to settle a government investigation that a Pride customer referral program intended to connect interested consumers with Pride product retailers was not compliant because retailers were required to pay Pride between $10 and $25 per referral as opposed to a flat annual fee.[9]

In 2006, Meuser received HomeCare magazine's HomeCaring Award, which recognized his work in the home medical equipment industry.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008 special election[edit]

Meuser was a candidate for the GOP nomination in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district, having announced the launch of his campaign in September 2007. He was defeated in the Republican primary by fellow businessman Chris Hackett, who went on to lose to Democratic incumbent Chris Carney in November 2008. Meuser heavily underscored his conservative values, even referencing Ronald Reagan and strongly emphasizing his work at Pride Mobility as part of a larger effort to embrace small-scale government and low taxes. The endorsements he received included a laundry list of well-known Pennsylvania conservatives including, most notably, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and then-Hazleton mayor Lou Barletta.

He was attacked by Hackett for hiring undocumented immigrants in Pride Mobility and funding prominent national Democratic politicians. In 1997 Pride Mobility was fined $41,000 for hiring 3 undocumented immigrants in 1995; however, the fine was later reduced to $23,000 after Pride Mobility appealed.[10] The individuals in question had presented false documentation to Pride before technology like E-Verify was available. Pride took the incident seriously and took steps to ensure they wouldn't recur.[11]

The discovery that Hackett had previously hired an undocumented immigrant as a maid in his home—albeit he did claim to dismiss her once he learned of her status—was perceived to seriously damage Hackett's public image. On the night of the primary, the nail-bitingly close returns—despite initially displaying a comfortable Meuser lead—were soon indicating a virtual tie for some time throughout the night, with merely more than 100 votes separating the candidates at one point. However, as time passed, Hackett took a lead that seemed to gradually grow within hours. By roughly 11:15 p.m. ET, local news media and the Associated Press dubbed Hackett, who had garnered 52 percent of the vote to Meuser's 48 percent, the projected winner of the primary.

When Meuser ran for the 10th congressional district in 2008, he lived in the 11th congressional district, where Lou Barletta was running for Congress against incumbent Paul Kanjorski. Meuser promised that he would actually live in the district by the time voters cast their ballots in the primary election; he had purchased a house in Harvey's Lake, which is in the 10th district, however, he still resides in Dallas, Pennsylvania.[12]

"I am running because I love my country and I want a government people can have faith in again. My twenty-five years in business and four years as PA Secretary of Revenue have given me the experiences necessary to be an effective, conservative member of Congress."

Dan Meuser[13]

2018 General Election[edit]

In October 2017, Dan Meuser announced that he would run as a Republican to represent Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district. The district had previously been the 11th, represented by four-term fellow Republican Lou Barletta, who was running for the United States Senate.[14][15]

In March 2018, over 100 members of the Lebanon County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed Meuser. Meuser "strongly backs" President Trump's "America First agenda".

The Republican primary candidates were Meuser, Scott Uehlinger and George Halcovage. The Democratic candidates were Susan Quick, Denny Wolff and Gary Wegman.[15] The primary election were held on May 15, 2018.[16]

On April 18, 2018, the Making America Great PAC announced its endorsement of Meuser. The PAC's chairman said, "Dan is a business-minded problem solver, a conservative, and he is focused on results, not rhetoric. Dan will go to Washington and join President Trump to fight for the America First Agenda."[17]

In early May 2018, the Republican Committee of Columbia County met with all three candidates running for the 9th congressional district seat. After a series of questions about their campaign priorities, the committee voted to put its full support behind Meuser.[18]

Among Meuser's local endorsements were Republican Mayor of the City of Shamokin John Brown and City Councilman Dan McGaw.[19]

Prior to a debate in Berks County, Meuser told opponent Denny Wolff to "go to hell", which he originally denied before later acknowledging.[20]

In May 2018, Meuser's campaign announced an initiative called "Women for Meuser", which is a group of women supporters of Meuser's campaign for Congress.[21] Meuser had endorsements from at least 31 prominent elected or politically-active women including State Senator Lisa Baker, conservative television host Tiffany Cloud, State Representative Tarah Toohil, State Representative Karen Boback, and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.[21]

Tenure[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • House Aluminum Caucus
  • Congressional Candy Caucus
  • Bipartisan Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus
  • House Small Brewers Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Coal Caucus
  • Congressional Chemistry Caucus
  • Copper Caucus
  • Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus
  • House Paper and Packaging Caucus

Electoral History[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Meuser 26,568 53.0
Republican George Halcovage Jr. 12,032 24.0
Republican Scott Uehlinger 11,541 23.0
Total votes 50,141 100.0
Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Meuser 148,723 59.7
Democratic Denny Wolff 100,204 40.3
Total votes 248,927 100.0
Republican hold

Political issues[edit]

Meuser supports an individual right to keep, own, use and carry firearms, earning an endorsement from at least one pro-gun Political Action Campaign.[22]

Meuser is pro-life.[15] According to his campaign, "Dan has personally funded chartered buses to take people from our area to the annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C."[23] He is opposed to federal funding for abortion and opposed to federal health coverage that includes abortion services. He also believes that "equal protection must be granted to each born and pre-born human person via the United States Constitution under the 14th Amendment".[23]

Meuser supports President Trump's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national health emergency. To tackle the issue of the opioid epidemic, Meuser has proposed a three-pronged approach: supply (by increasing the standards by which prescription opioids are prescribed), harm reduction (by having medication drop off programs in communities and by incrementing electronic databases for monitoring opioid prescriptions), and recovery (by coordinating efforts to help non-violent drug offenders become rehabilitated as productive members of society).[24]

Meuser supports President Trump's America First agenda, particularly when it comes to the issue of immigration. He supports President Trump's plan to construct a wall on the southern border with Mexico. He opposes giving federal funds to sanctuary cities. Meuser believes President Obama's executive order on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was unconstitutional, and thus he supports ending DACA. Additionally, he supports the government cracking down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.[25]

On the issue of veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Meuser supports the Veterans Choice Act, legislation that was extended by President Trump. The policy allows veterans who face long waiting times at VA facilities or who live over 40 miles away from the nearest VA clinic to seek care in the private sector, and have the cost of that care covered.[26]

Meuser supports President Trump's America First plan to add $54 billion increase in national defense funding immediately. He supports increasing the budget for the military. He also supports the travel ban on countries that President Trump implemented, his campaign stating, "We cannot allow individuals to enter our country without knowing enough about their identity and background and the need to improve our immigration vetting processes, end visa overstays and examine the issues of chain migration. We can no longer stand by and allow individuals we know little about from countries hell-bent on destroying America enter our country."[27]

He believes that school property taxes are un-American and unconstitutional, his campaign stating "no tax should have the power to leave you homeless." Meuser is a supporter of property rights and often cites the 14th amendment in arguing that the government has no right to take property away from someone without due process of law or providing equal protections under the law.[28]

Meuser is opposed to raising taxes and supports cutting taxes. He signed the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. The pledge commits its signers to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses ... and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates".[29]

As the House of Representatives was debating a resolution in July of 2019, which passed by a wide margin, condemning President Donald Trump for promoting racism and xenophobia after he attacked four Democratic members of Congress, telling them to “go back” to the “places from which they came,” Meuser was one of only twenty-four representatives who defended Trump's abusive comments. "I strongly oppose Democrat leadership’s latest effort to harass [Donald Trump]. For years, he and his supporters have been subjected to baseless attacks. Such slander is a disservice to our nation and the American people, and I am tired of it."[30]

Political career[edit]

Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue[edit]

Meuser was appointed Secretary of Revenue by Governor Tom Corbett after more than two decades in the private sector. The Secretary's primary duties include administration and enforcement of state tax laws, effectively operating within reduced budget climate, collections of over 30 state taxes, setting annual state budget projections, developing tax policy for the Governor and overseeing the growth and stability of the Pennsylvania Lottery, which generates gross sales of $3.6 billion and net revenue of $1.1 billion annually.

As Secretary, Meuser helped reform the Department of Revenue and turned the Department into the most improved revenue Department in the Country. The Council On State Taxation (COST) gave PA an A- rating thanks to legislation that Secretary Meuser helped pass as well as the reforms he put into place.[31] Residents of Pennsylvania raised speculation to his appointment by Tom Corbett due to the fact that he was one of the largest contributors in Tom Corbett's 2009–2010 campaign, making a total of 26 contributions totaling $76,394.[32] There is concern over a recent $103 million computer modernization system for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue being performed by Accenture, a global technology consultant which had previously been fired by the state of Maryland for a similar project due to wasteful spending and missed deadlines.[33]

In 2010, Politics Magazine cited him as a "Former Congressional candidate and northeast PA money man".[34]

Philanthropy and boards[edit]

Meuser is a board member of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, sits on the board of trustees for Misericordia University, and is on the board of the Pittston Young Mens Christian Association.[35]

Meuser is a donor the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, MS Society, St Jude Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital.[5]

Personal[edit]

Dan Meuser is married to Shelley Van Acker Meuser. The couple has three children.[23] He had previously claimed a home in Kingston Township as his residence, but changed his registration to a home in Dallas two months before the election. The home in Kingston had been drawn into the 8th District after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania's old congressional map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. According to Meuser, his old home had been drawn just a mile outside the new 9th's borders.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel P. Meuser Resumé and Biography
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania New Members 2019". November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Meuser's career". Citizensvoice.com. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "Republican Dan Meuser elected to Pa. 9th Congressional District". WFMZ-TV. Associated Press. November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  6. ^ "Dan Meuser Running for Congress -- HME Business". HME Business.
  7. ^ Aug 22, 2008. "Dan Meuser Leaves Pride Mobility -". Mobility Management.
  8. ^ a b "Meuser Leaves Pride". August 25, 2008.
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Hearing" (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. April 28, 2004. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hackett admits he employed illegal immigrant |". Times Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. July 5, 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "Records on fine for illegals gone, Meuser says". Times Leader. Retrieved August 25, 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ Brett Lieberman. "Dan Meuser's housing problems | PennLive.com". Blog.pennlive.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "Meuser for Congress".
  14. ^ Kopf, David (October 19, 2017). "Dan Meuser Running for Congress – HME Business". HME Business. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c Feaver, Chris (March 29, 2018). "Lebanon County GOP endorses Dan Meuser for 9th Congressional District seat". Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania Primary Election: May 15, 2018 - Everything You Need to Know - PUMP". May 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "4/18 PoliticsPA Playbook". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Columbia County Republican Committee Endorses Dan Meuser For Congress". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "Republican City of Shamokin Mayor John Brown and City Councilman Dan McGaw Endorse Dan Meuser for Congress". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "Meuser told opponent Wolff 'to go to hell'". Times Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  21. ^ a b "Meuser for Congress Campaign Announces "Women for Meuser"". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "Second Amendment". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  23. ^ a b c "Pro-Life". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  24. ^ "Opioid Epidemic". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Immigration". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Veterans". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "Protect the American People, Peace Through Strength". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  28. ^ "Property Tax Elimination". Meuser for Congress. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  29. ^ "You are being redirected..." www.atr.org.
  30. ^ . Congressman Dan Meuser https://twitter.com/RepMeuser/status/1151216749532110853. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "2013 COST Study". Council On State Taxation. December 2013.
  32. ^ "Meuser and family big Corbett donors |". Times Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. January 11, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  33. ^ "Pa. Department of Revenue's Acting Secretary Dan Meuser says $103 million computer modernization will pay for itself in short order". PennLive.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  34. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers". Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2010.
  35. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  36. ^ Michael P. Buffer (September 9, 2018). "Congressional candidate Meuser changes voting residence to property in 9th district". The Citizens' Voice.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Shuster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
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Lucy McBath
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