Pennsylvania ALEC Politicians

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ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Pennsylvania politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Pennsylvania Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Karen Boback (R-117)[1]
  • Rep. Jim Cox (R-129),[2][3] ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member[4]
  • Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-88)[1]
  • Rep. Seth Grove (R-196), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting", "State Chair Meeting", "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "Process Working Group", "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020", "General Session - Morning", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Friday General Session - Afternoon" and "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting", attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]; State Chair[6][3] ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member[7]
  • Rep. Susan Helm (R-104)[1]
  • Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26), paid ALEC membership dues in 2005 and 2007 with taxpayer money[8]
  • Rep. Jerry R. Knowles (R-124)[1]
  • Rep. Brandon Joseph Markosek (D-25) - announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member.[1] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12), [9][3][10] ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member [11]
  • Rep. Eric Nelson (R-57), State Chair, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5],[12]
  • Rep. Tina Pickett (R-110)[1]
  • Rep. Kathy L. Rapp (R-65), ALEC Education Task Force Member[13]
  • Rep. Francis Ryan (R-101)[14]
  • Rep. Stan Saylor (R-95), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5], ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[15]
  • Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151)[1]
  • Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-116)[1]
  • Rep. Ryan Warner (R-52)[16]

Senate

  • Sen. David Argall (R-29)[1]
  • Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20)[1]
  • Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) - announced in May 2012 that she is no longer an ALEC member.[1] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Patrick Browne (R-16)[1]
  • Sen. Jacob Corman (R-34)[1] - announced in May 2012 that he is no longer an ALEC member.[17] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  • Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Rural Caucus Meeting", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Federalism and International Relations Task Force Meeting" and "Jefferson Awards Ceremony"
  • Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[18]
  • Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) paid 2-year ALEC membership dues on July 3, 2017.[19]
  • Sen. Robert "Bob" Mensch (R-24) was an ALEC Alternate Member as of October 28, 2010[20]
  • Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28), State Chair, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[5]
  • Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8) - Williams, who has used PA state funding for ALEC,[21] "vociferously protested being identified with ALEC," according to Keystone Progress. "As a staunch advocate for school choice, I’m often invited to attend and speak at myriad events, locally and nationally, held by those who share my beliefs and those who vigorously oppose them. I make no apologies for my views on choice, because a broad set of educational options is among the best hopes students have to attain the skills needed to be productive and competitive in a global, 21st century society. However, I’ve never sought membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council nor have I ever been a member,” said Williams. “Lastly, ALEC does not represent my values or beliefs” (emphasis added).[1] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more

Former Representatives

Former Senators

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