Joe Pitts

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Joe Pitts currently serves the 16th Congressional district of Pennsylvania

Joseph R. "Joe" Pitts has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, representing the state's 16th Congressional district, since 1997. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Pitts voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Out of touch and unquestioning pro-Israeli line

On a regular basis both the US Congress and Senate produce letters supporting Israel. Similarly, on a regular basis Congress/Senate vote for supplementary funding over-and-above the regular US-aid for Israel, e.g., the US$680 million allocated for the Israeli research/development of anti-missile systems. Joseph Pitts was a signatory of all such letters/motions, e.g., HR 4133[2]. Earlier, in July 2010, Pitts introduced HR 1553, the "green light bill" giving Israel the green light to attack Iran. In May 2012, a constituent wrote to Pitts questioning this continued support/expense, and he received a letter from Pitts stating:

With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed.

This statement demonstrated that Pitts was out-of-touch, and poorly informed on the situation in the Middle East despite his claims of foreign policy expertise.[3][4]

Bio

Background

Pitts was born October 10, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Asbury College. Pitts served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as a teacher for a short time. Pitts was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972.

Congressional career

Pitts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Pitts hasn't had serious electoral competition and he announced that he's abandoning his pledge to serve only five terms in the House of Representatives.

Positions and Views

Pitts has a conservative voting record, receiving 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union in 2005 and the Christian Coalition in 2004.[5]

Pitts visited Afghanistan after the fall of the Talibanand Pakistan in 2002. Pitts was angered after a federal judge ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Chester County courthouse, releasing a press statement that said, "I think that religion and the Ten Commandments in particular should have a role in our public life" and supported The Ten Commandments Defense Act (H.R. 2045).[6]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Lois K. Herr to face Pitts in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Pitts retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Joe Pitts
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • House Republican Policy Committee, 1981-present
  • Select Committee, Investigate SEPTA, 1979-1980
  • Air Force Caucus
  • Alzheimer's Caucus
  • Chair, Central Asia Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on the Western Sahara
  • Chair, Electronic Warfare Working Group
  • Chair, Fatherhood Promotion Task Force
  • Helsinki Commission
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • Member, International Committee
  • Pro-Life Caucus
  • Chair, Religious Prisoners Congressional Task Force
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Co-Chair, Silk Road Caucus
  • Steel Caucus
  • Values Action Team
  • Chair, Wilberforce Group

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Joe Pitts. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:

221 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2411
Fax: 202-225-2013
Email Web Email
Web: www.house.gov/pitts

District Office - Lancaster:

Lancaster County Courthouse
50 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-393-0667
Fax: 717-393-0924

District Office - Unionville:

Post Office Box 837
Unionville, PA 19375
Phone: 610-444-4581
Fax: 610-444-5750

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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Ranking Member On:

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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
House Republican Policy Committee, 1981-present, Select Committee, Investigate SEPTA, 1979-1980, Air Force Caucus, Alzheimer's Caucus, Chair of the Central Asia Caucus, Congressional Caucus on the Western Sahara, Chair of the Electronic Warfare Working Group, Chair of the Fatherhood Promotion Task Force, Helsinki Commission, Human Rights Caucus, Member of the International Committee, Pro-Life Caucus, Chair of the Religious Prisoners Congressional Task Force, Republican Study Committee, Co-Chair of the Silk Road Caucus, Steel Caucus, Values Action Team, Chair of the Wilberforce Group
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-393-0667 / Fax: 717-393-0924
2. Post Office Box 837, Unionville, PA 19375
Phone: 610-444-4581 / Fax: 610-444-5750




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Date of Birth: October 12, 1939







References

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. 9 May 2012
  3. Ian Rhodewalt, Congressman Joe Pitts: ‘It is incumbent on Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat to restart a peace process’, MondoWeiss, 13 May 2012
  4. Adam Horowitz, Rep. Pitts in damage control mode following call for Arafat-Sharon negotiations, MondoWeiss, 16 May 2012.
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  7. Multi-Faith Advisory Board, Council on Faith and International Affairs, accessed January 30, 2009.