Tom Marino

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Tom Marino
Tom Marino Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Chris Carney
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by David Barasch
Succeeded by Martin Carlson
District Attorney of Lycoming County
In office
Preceded by Brett Feese
Succeeded by Michael Dinges
Personal details
Born Thomas Anthony Marino
(1952-08-13) August 13, 1952 (age 64)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edie Marino
Children 2
Education Pennsylvania College of Technology
Lycoming College (BA)
Dickinson School of Law (JD)

Thomas Anthony Marino (born August 13, 1952[1]) is an American politician and attorney. He is currently serving his third term as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Marino was born and raised in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.[2] After graduating from High School, Marino went to work in the factories of Central Pennsylvania. At 30 years old, Marino enrolled in the former Williamsport Area Community College (now Pennsylvania College of Technology). Marino would then transfer to Lycoming College, where he graduated magna cum laude, before completing his law degree at Dickinson School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Lycoming College and his juris doctor from Dickinson School of Law.[3]

Law career[edit]

Marino served as a Lycoming County District Attorney from 1992–2002. In 2002, Marino was appointed the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush.[citation needed]

In 2007, Marino resigned from office of U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Anonymous sources claimed that Marino resigned his position while under review by the Department of Justice[4] In 2007, the current US Attorney for the Middle District of PA, Peter Smith confirmed that neither Marino, nor his office, were ever under review or investigation[5] "At no time was Marino under investigation by the Justice Department,” said Smith[5] After his resignation in 2007, Marino accepted a position as an in-house attorney for DeNaples Management.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


The district, located in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, includes Bradford County, Juniata County, Lycoming County, Mifflin County, Pike County, Snyder County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Union County, Wayne County, and portions of Perry County, Tioga County, Lackawanna County, Monroe County, and Northumberland County.



In 2010, Marino decided to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Chris Carney of Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. He won the three-candidate Republican primary with 41% of the vote, defeating Dave Madeira (31%) and Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk (28%).[6] On November 2, 2010, Marino defeated Carney 55-45%.

2010 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino 109,603 55
Democratic Chris Carney (incumbent) 89,170 45

Tom Marino won re-election to a second term, defeating Democratic nominee Philip Scollo 66%–34%.[7]

2012 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino (incumbent) 179,563 65.6
Democratic Phil Scollo 94,227 34.4

Congressman Marino faced off against Independent Nick Troiano and Democrat Scott Brion. Marino garnered 62% of the vote; Troiano got 13%; Brion got 25%.[8]

2014 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino (incumbent) 112,851 62.6
Democratic Scott Brion 44,737 24.8
Nick Troiano 22,734 12.6

Political Positions[edit]

Marino is one of the most conservative members of the Pennsylvania delegation. He ranked third among PA members in Americans for Prosperity’s scorecard (70%) and fifth in Club for Growth's scorecard (63%).[9]

  • He's the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth [10] and co-chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Caucus.[11]

In 2011, Rep. Marino became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261 otherwise known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.[12]

Marino supports the Death penalty. He believes that the mentally ill and criminals should not be able to obtain guns.[13]

In July 2012, Marino introduced a bill to help fund local and state governments, about $800 million per year, to sustain various law enforcement activities such as prosecution, prevention, education, training, and corrections called the "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2012". Marino said, "Local law enforcement agencies and officials need nothing less than our full support in combating crime on every level".[14][15]

In July 2013, Marino voted "NO" to Rep. Justin Amash's amendment #413 to H.R. 2397 "To end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act and bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215"[16] which Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act, considers un-American.[17]


As of May 2016, Tom Marino has sponsored 40 bills, none of which have become law.[18]

Marino introduced H.J.Res. 40 on March 26, 2015. This bill proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require that each law enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject and that the subject be clearly and descriptively expressed in the title of the law.

Marino introduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013. After multiple committee considerations, the bill was in part added as an amendment in the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM Act), which was signed into law by President Obama in February 2014.[19]

Marino introduced the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013 into the House.[20] Marino introduced this same bill in the 114th Congress. The bill aims to expedite the review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for construction projects that are partly or fully financed with federal funds or require permits or approvals from federal regulatory agencies.[21]

In 2014, Marino, alongside Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, sponsored the "Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act," which amended to Controlled Substances Act to increase the burden of proof enforcers need to show against drug distributors.[22] McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health spent $13 million lobbying in support of the bill.[22] When Joseph Rannazzisi, the chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control, strongly criticized the bill, Congressman Marino demanded the drug diversion enforcer be investigated by the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.[22] Rannazzisi was fired in August 2015.[22] Marino’s bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama in April 2016.[23]


Personal life[edit]

Marino resides outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Edie, and his two children.[24]


  1. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Marino wants less government, lower taxes". The Daily Item. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ "MARINO, Thomas A., (1952 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Birkbeck, Matt. "Source: Marino resigned while under review". The Morning Call. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Scarcella, Francis. "Marino calls accusations 'lies'". Sunbury Daily Item. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "PA – District 10 – R Primary Race – May 18, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  7. ^ "PA – District 10 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  8. ^ . Politico Retrieved 2014-11-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Bradford Commissioner Might Primary Marino". PoliticsPA. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth". Retrieved 12 November 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ "Cystic Fibrosis Caucus". Retrieved 12 November 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ Bill H.R.3261
  13. ^ Brady, Chris (2013-03-26). "Marino: Keep guns away from mentally ill, felons". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  14. ^ "House Passes Byrne-JAG Program | Congressman Thomas Marino". 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Rep. Calls on Bureau of Prisons to Make Improvements | Congressman Thomas Marino". 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  16. ^ "H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397: Amendment sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot ...". 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  17. ^ "Jim Sensenbrenner, Patriot Act Author, Slams 'Un-American' NSA Verizon Phone Records Grab". HuffPo. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  18. ^ Marino, Tom. "Tom Marino". Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  19. ^ "Marino's animal fighting bill signed into law". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "H.R. 2641 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "H.R. 2641 – CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c d Lenny Bernstein; Scott Higham (22 October 2016). "Investigation: The DEA slowed enforcement while the opioid epidemic grew out of control". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  23. ^ S. 483, 114th Cong. (2015).
  24. ^ "Marino for US Congress". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chris Carney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Billy Long
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
David McKinley