Political science, 1985
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, 10th Congressional district
It wasn't until I missed out on a promotion that I realized the importance of a college education. So, at age 30, I sold my truck, and my wife, Edie, went to work full time while I was in college. I earned a bachelor's and law degrees in five
years, attending the former Williamsport Area Community College,
Lycoming College and Dickinson School of Law.
I practiced law for several years before being elected to two terms
as District Attorney of Lycoming County. I later served as U.S.
Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where my name became
synonymous with cracking down on organized crime and drug trafficking. I was the first U.S. Attorney to attend the Top Gun PA X training
classes and completed a National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War
College at the Carlisle Barracks.
I returned to work as a private-practice attorney for two years before deciding to run for Congress. I was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan.
5, 2011, and I sit on three House committees: Foreign Affairs,
Homeland Security and Judiciary; and eight subcommittees.
A two-time cancer survivor, I am active in community events and
enjoy reading, motorcycle riding, weightlifting, running and spending
time with my family. Besides my committee work, I am involved with the Sportsmen's,
Immigration Reform, Coal, Kidney and Adoption caucuses – all issues that
mirror my personal concerns and those of the residents of the 10th