U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta introduced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
The Republican Congressman launched a marketing campaign video on Tuesday saying his run for the seat held by two-time period Democrat Sen. Bob Casey.
The Pennsylvania Republican’s entry into the race was extensively anticipated after The Related Press reported final month that Barletta had relayed his plans to GOP officers and activists.
Barletta, sixty one, the previous mayor of the small Pennsylvania metropolis of Hazleton, gained fame as a foe of unlawful immigration. Barletta was urged to run by President Donald Trump. A press launch accompanying the marketing campaign video notes “Barletta was one of many first members of Congress to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president.” Barletta additionally co-chaired Trump’s presidential marketing campaign and was on the chief committee of Trump’s transition workforce.
Barletta is in his fourth time period representing a Home district that stretches from south-central Pennsylvania’s rolling farms by way of northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal fields.
Barletta gained his Home seat through the Republican midterm wave of 2010, aided by publicity from his time as mayor when he cracked down on immigrants within the nation illegally.
Casey is operating for a 3rd, six-yr time period subsequent yr in a state with a four-three ratio registration edge over Republicans. Trump overcame that to turn out to be the primary Republican since 1988 to seize Pennsylvania’s electoral votes within the presidential race. Barletta notes his Congressional seat serves a inhabitants additionally dominated by Democrats, although he defeated thirteen-time period Democrat incumbent Rep. Paul Kanjorski in 2010, after Kanjorski fended off Barletta challenges in 2002 and 2008.
Casey is certainly one of 10 Democrats nationwide defending a seat subsequent yr in a state gained by Trump.