Gordon Denlinger

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Gordon R. Denlinger
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
March 18, 2003 – January 6, 2015
Preceded by Leroy Zimmerman
Succeeded by David H. Zimmerman
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn Hastie Denlinger
Residence Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Bob Jones University
Website www.gordondenlinger.com

Gordon R. Denlinger is a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (2003–2015). In December 2017, he entered the 2018 race for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, dropping out in February 2018.

Public office[edit]

Denlinger represented the 99th District (within Lancaster County) of the Pennsylvania House for nearly 12 full years after winning a special election on March 18, 2003 to fill the remainder of Leroy Zimmerman's term.[1]

Denlinger was a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Finance and Tourism Committees. He also served as the Republican Chair of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy for the House Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the Jobs Creation Working Group under the Republican Policy Committee.

In addition to his legislative committee assignments, Representative Denlinger served as founding chairman of the Values Action Team, a coalition of like-minded legislators working to advance traditional family values in Pennsylvania's State Capitol.

In 2014, Denlinger sought his party's nomination for the Pennsylvania Senate instead of running for re-election in the House, but lost the primary in the 36th District to Ryan Aument,[2] who went on to win that seat in the general election. Fellow Republican David H. Zimmerman won Denlinger's former seat in the 99th district.[3] In 2016, Denlinger was named by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as one of three delegates to the Republican National Convention from the state's 16th congressional district.[4]

On December 18, 2017, Denlinger announced via a letter to Pennsylvania's Republican Party members that he was entering the 2018 race for Lieutenant Governor. Denlinger would have faced businessman Jeff Bartos and others in the Republican primary, though he dropped out of the race in February 2018.[5][6]

Election results[edit]

  • 2003 special election for Pennsylvania House representative from 99th District[1]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon R. Delinger, Rep. 3,335   70.2%    Won
Bernadette C. Johnson, Dem. 1,347   28.4%    Lost
  • 2004 race for Pennsylvania House representative from 99th District[7]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon R. Denlinger, Rep. 18,757   100%   Won
(No other candidates)
  • 2006 race for Pennsylvania House representative from 99th District[8]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon Denlinger, Rep. 12,114   74.4%   Won
Ginny Diilio 4,168   25.6%   Lost
  • 2008 race for Pennsylvania House representative from 99th District[9]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon R. Denlinger, Rep. 19,505   100%   Won
(No other candidates)
  • 2010 race for Pennsylvania House representative from 99th District[10]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon Denlinger, Rep. 14,202   100%   Won
(No other candidates)
  • 2012 race for Republican House representative from the 99th District[11]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gordon Denlinger, Rep. 19,198   100%   Won
(No other candidates)
  • 2014 Republican primary for Pennsylvania State Senator from the 36th District[2]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Ryan P. Aument, Rep. 10,187   61.4%   Won
Gordon Denlinger, Rep. 6,381   38.5%   Lost

Personal life[edit]

Denlinger graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1985 with a degree in Accounting.

A Certified Public Accountant, Denlinger had been Controller for Sharp Shopper, Inc., a grocery discounter based in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, prior to taking office. From 1990 until 2002, he was Assistant Controller for Newell Rubbermaid's Graco Children's Products Division. Graco, based at the time in Elverson, Pennsylvania, is the world's largest producer of baby furniture.

Denlinger and his family are members of Covenant Reformed Church in New Holland, where he has served as an elder. He and his wife reside in Narvon, Pennsylvania and have four children: Evan, Abram Preston, Blake, and Mariah.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2003 Special Election for the 99th Legislative District". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. March 18, 2003. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Primary Returns". County of Lancaster. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mapping the governor's race: Where Corbett and Wolf won in Lancaster County". Lancaster Online. LNP Media Group. November 4, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "PA GOP Delegates Elect Delegate Chairman, Committee Representatives" (Press release). Republican Party of Pennsylvania. June 6, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Engelkemeir, Paul (December 19, 2017). "Denlinger Enters Race for Lieutenant Governor". PoliticsPA. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "GOP Field for Lieutenant Governor Gets New Face; 2 Drop Out". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ "2004 County Results - Lancaster". Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2004. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "2006 County Results - Lancaster". Pennsylvania Department of State. November 7, 2006. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ "2008 County Results - Lancaster". Pennsylvania Department of State. November 4, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "2010 County Results - Lancaster". Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "2012 County Results - Lancaster". Pennsylvania Department of State. November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Biography". PA State Rep, Gordon Denlinger. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. 

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