HAZLETON — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta breezed to victory over Mike Marsicano Tuesday, earning his fourth term in Congress.
In the battle of former Hazleton City mayors, Barletta proved again he is popular across the 11th Congressional District.
According to unofficial results, with 62 percent of the votes counted in the 11th District, Barletta, R-Hazleton, received 93,840 votes to 51,314 for Democratic challenger Marsicano — a margin of 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent.
Barletta thanked the voters of the district and vowed to continue to represent their best interests.
“I’m honored and humbled by the support I received today,” Barletta, 60, said. “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I helped save more than $3 billion for the taxpayers.”
Barletta said he intends to continue his work to secure the nation’s borders, stop illegal immigration, preserve national security and create jobs to improve the economy in Pennsylvania and across the country.
Barletta said he has accomplished much in his first three terms and thanks voters for continuing to support him.
Barletta said during his first three 2-year terms in Congress, he has accomplished much, starting with the more than $3.1 billion of taxpayers’ money he saved by having federal agencies move into smaller spaces.
He said he is also proud to have started the SHINE after-school program with state Sen. John Yudichak. The program is for disadvantaged children and Barletta said he also helped save after-school programs nationally by working to secure needed funding.
Barletta said his efforts helped save volunteer firefighters from the effects of the Affordable Care Act and he helped pass legislation to protect children from opioid addiction.
Barletta has also become a national voice in dealing with illegal immigration and national security/border security.
Barletta also serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee, in addition to several sub-committees of all committees he serves on.
In an interview before the election, Barletta said he has worked across the aisle in a bipartisan way to get things done.
“I always will fight for what I believe is right – even if it is against the Washington establishment,” he said. “I’ll never be afraid to stand up and fight for people.”
Barletta also vowed to continue to work to find ways to help veterans and the military.
A message left on Marsicano’s cell phone seeking comment was not returned.
Marsicano, 68, of Hazle Township, said before the election he felt the people of the 11th District were “fed up” with Barletta.
Marsicano’s campaign included favoring term limits for members of Congress, stating long-term members “have reached their shelf life in politics.”
Marsicano said his campaign was “self-funded” and he was hoping to have the opportunity to represent the people of the 11th District.
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