Peg Luksik

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Peg Luksik
Born (1955-08-11) August 11, 1955 (age 61)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Alma mater Clarion University
Occupation Activist, pro-life campaigner
Political party Republican (Before 1990; 2010–present)
Constitution (1990–2010)
Spouse(s) James Luksik (m. June 23, 1979-present); 6 children

Marguerite Ann Luksik (née McKenna; born August 11, 1955) is a conservative politician, perennial candidate, pro-life campaigner, and Constitution Party activist in Pennsylvania.[1]

Luksik was born on August 11, 1955 in Huntsville, Alabama, where her father was in the Army. A 1976 magna cum laude graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor of science degree in special education and elementary education, she married James Luksik on June 23, 1979. The couple have six children.[2]

In a 1998 interview with John Mallon, contributing editor of Inside the Vatican, Luksik described how her devout Roman Catholicism shapes her views, including opposition to abortion. In 1997, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Stonehill College.[3]

Peg Luksik entered the 1990 gubernatorial Republican primary election six weeks before election day and received 46% of the vote (Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania).[4]

Her highest vote total came in Pennsylvania's general election for governor in 1994 when, as the candidate of the Constitution Party, she received 460,269 votes (12.8 percent). That total was also the greatest number of votes ever received by the Constitution Party in Pennsylvania.[5]

In Pennsylvania's 2010 United States Senate election, she unsuccessfully challenged Pat Toomey for the Republican Party nomination.[6]

Luksik and Jason E. High founded the Center for American Heritage, a non-profit dedicated to restoring America's unique heritage. Initially through the use of one-day seminars named the American Heritage Academy, the Center is dedicated to teaching political activists and interested citizens about America's history, the political process, and how to be an effective advocate for a return to limited government.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Senate race, in CQ Politics, March 31, 2010; accessed May 7, 2010.
  2. ^ Luksik biodata, Pennsylvania Constitution Party site], constitutional.net; accessed May 17, 2010.
  3. ^ John Mallon, Interview with Peg Luksik, constitutional.net; accessed May 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Luksik personal biodata, pegluksik.com/about; accessed May 17, 2010.
  5. ^ See Jim Clymer, United States gubernatorial elections, 1994, and Electoral history of the Constitution Party (United States).
  6. ^ Mike Faher (March 9, 2010). "Luksik to oppose Specter". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ The Center for American Heritage website, RestoreHeritage.org; accessed August 18, 2010.