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The 2006 Elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 7, 2006, with all districts being contested.[1] Necessary primary elections were held on May 16, 2006.[2] Members elected in 2006 were inaugurated on January 2, 2007.[3] State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with the entire House of Representatives up for a vote every two years.

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- Good evening, I'm Dale Bohren, executive of the Casper Star Tribune. Welcome to the 2016 US Representative General Election Debate sponsored by Wyoming PBS, Casper College, and the Casper Star Tribune. We're in the beautiful Wheeler Music Concert Hall and the campus of Casper College. I wanna thank our readers, viewers, and listeners of the sponsors from across Wyoming who submitted topics and questions for tonight's debate. A three person panel use those submissions to curate and prioritize some of tonight's questions. The question panel for tonight's debate is Craig Blumenshine, public affairs producer for Wyoming PBS. Erich Frankland, chairman of the political science department at Casper College, and Bob Beck, news director of Wyoming Public Radio. Thank you for being here. This will be a classic debate with opening and closing statements, each candidate will answer direct questions and have the opportunity to respond or comment on other candidates' questions. The question panel may ask for clarifications or otherwise interact with the candidates. The candidates have agreed to pre-negotiated rules for the debate in which the moderator has total discretion to settle any dispute. We would ask you, the audience, to refrain from applauding or heckling during the event, so that we can best use the short time allotted for this important debate. Position on stage and the order for opening statements and questions were determined by drawing names from a hat 15 minutes prior to this debate, and now it is my honor and pleasure to introduce to you, from left to right, using introductions submitted by the candidates, and the candidates running for the Wyoming lone seat in the US House of Representatives and on this stage for this debate, Liz Cheney is a fourth-generation Wyomingite. She attended Park Elementary and Dean Morgan Junior High here in Casper and today, she lives in Wilson with her husband and five kids. She is a mother, author, and former Fox News contributor who has practiced law and served in the State Department focusing on US policy in the Middle East. She is a member of the International Board of Advisors at the University of Wyoming, and has also served as the chairman of Keep America Safe, a nonprofit organization that was instrumental in preventing the transfer of terrorists to the United States. On her left is Ryan Greene. Ryan Greene helped turn one welding truck into a 250 employee energy services company. Today, Greene's energy service provides labor and construction to all of Wyoming's energy producers from the coal mines to the oil patch. Over 18 years, Ryan Greene worked from welder to operations director of the company. Ryan's wife, Lindsey, works in a Wyoming public school and the company are proud to raise their own two children in their hometown of Rock Springs. On Ryan's left is Lawrence Struempf. Lawrence is a moderate libertarian who believes in protecting our individual liberties while cutting government waste. He was raised on a cattle ranch west of Riverton and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies, incorporated and managed his own corporation, and worked for the government. Mr. Struempf has been an active leader in the community and around Wyoming. He is actively involved with Rotary and Kiwanis as well as other organizations that work to make the nation and Wyoming a better place. And finally, on your far right, Daniel Cummings. On his website, Daniel Cummings of Casper says he's been fascinated by the Constitution of the United States since his older childhood and began a serious and in-depth study of it at the age of 14 that has continued to present. This study has included constitution history, constitutional law, current events concerning the problems of our time, foreign policy, and the challenge of America's enemies and the sound free market economies of its enemies. That study has never ceased and continues today. Daniel Cummings has learned much in recent years and continues to grow by years in his understanding of America's problems both foreign and domestic. Our candidates for the US House of Representatives. (audience applauding) We'll begin tonight's debate with opening statements by the candidates, 50 seconds, Mrs. Cheney. - Well, thank you very much, Dale, it's wonderful to be here. It's very fitting be here tonight. This is the 20th candidate forum that we've had now that I've participated in in the last eight and a half months since we launched our campaign in Gillette back in February and it's been an amazing eight and a half months, and as I've talked to thousands of you all across the state, it's absolutely clear to me that there's no question, but that Wyoming has been hurt more than any other state by the last eight years of this presidency, and we have to make sure that we send to Washington a representative who will be able to lead a national effort to roll back the damage that's been done, to undo the devastating policies, somebody who will fight on behalf of our constitution, of our second amendment rights, somebody who will never give in, some who will never compromise, but who will be an unyielding defender of our rights and our freedoms in Wyoming, thank you very much. - Mr. Greene. - Hi, everyone, I'm Ryan Greene. Thanks to our sponsors for making this possible and thanks to the audience for skipping Thursday Night Football. So, I'm a Wyoming democrat, but I don't agree with every democrat and I won't defend every democrat. I only agree with one person 100% of the time, that's my wife, Now, I run a small business and I felt the impact of overreaching government policies, that's why I'm in this race. Now, folks, anyone can trash-talk the president and parties, but that's not the job that we're applying for. Wyoming has one US House seat and we need a congressman that knows our industries from the inside, a homegrown official that we know will represent our people, defend our way of life, and work for Wyoming values not New York donors or DC bureaucrats, thank you. - My name is Lawrence Struempf. I grew up on a cattle ranch near Riverton. First of all, I'd like to thank Casper Star, Casper College, and Wyoming PBS for sponsoring this debate. I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, computer science and a master's in management. I'm a single father and I'm a teacher. I'm moderate libertarian who believes in less government and more liberties similar to 1970s, 1980s republican. I believe the biggest problem in our country and in our government is a broken two-party system 'cause regardless of what they believe in the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, they always seem to be suaded to do what their party tells them to do and I believe that as a libertarian party would be the strongest and best third party in our nation, and as a libertarian candidate, yeah. - [Bohren] Mr. Cummings. - My name is Daniel Cummings. I represent the Constitution Party of the United States and of Wyoming. I'm a candidate for congress, the House of Representatives. The Congress of the United States is the body charged by the Constitution with solving national problems. The Congress should give us answers that are best for the country as a whole, I believe that I have that national viewpoint, I have lived in the east and in the west, in the north and in the south, in the mountains, in the plains, in republican states and democratic states, and in Washington itself, and I've lived many years here in Wyoming, my favorite state, where I have lived, and I've lived here long enough to understand Wyoming's needs also and how to stand against the oppression of our federal government, thank you. - Thank you all and good luck, here's the first question for Liz Cheney from Craig Blumenshine. - Thank you, Dale. Ms. Cheney, in the republican primary debate on this stage, you said the following, "People who have been in the state legislature "for many years have got to explain to the people of Wyoming "how it is that we are at a crisis moment," what mistakes were you referring to that the Wyoming legislature has made that has caused Wyoming to be in this, as you say, crisis moment? - I think that the issue that we're facing today and we're in the general election now, as you know, not the primary, but in the primary, I had opponents who were arguing that they were gonna go to Washington and make change and my point was simply you have to look at somebody's record in the state legislature in order to know whether they're really gonna be able to make change. Where we are today is a different situation in terms of this general election and the choice for the people of Wyoming is very different, the choice now is whether we're gonna send to Washington someone who every single day will fight on behalf of our rights and our freedoms to roll back the federal government or whether we're gonna send somebody, my opponent to my left, who caucus for Bernie Sanders and who now has endorsed Hillary Clinton both of whom want to end the extraction of all fossil fuels on our federal lands, but that's the decision that people need to make today. - You said that the state legislature for many of years, those people need to explain to the citizens of Wyoming, what mistakes were you referring to? - Well, there were several. I think SF 104 was one of the key ones. I think that that bill, which two of my opponents in that race were fundamental to supporting, stripped away the constitutional rights of the people of Wyoming, when they took away the power of the people to elect the superintendent of public instruction, they stripped the duties out of that office, that was only one. I think that the key point though is who's going to make change, and people who are watching tonight who are deciding between those of us on the stage have to understand the very real choice they have between someone who will be able to bring a national focus and attention to our issues, somebody who will fight on behalf of our fossil fuel industry versus someone who's endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. - Well, if I may, I was at that debate and I watched that and in Ms. Cheney's opening statement she blamed our economy on the president and then in her closing statement, she blamed our state legislature, and so it's clear that I believe Ms. Cheney will blame anybody that's around. Now, look, I work in the industry, I work in the coal industry, so certainly, I have absolutely no intent of harming our fossil fuel industry regardless of what Ms. Cheney says. - Well, my opponent may have no intent, but he's endorsed Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton was asked whether she would support a ban on the extraction of fossil fuels from all federal lands and her answer was two words, "That's a done deal." Now, that ban by the candidate that you've endorsed for president will cost this state 32,500 additional lost jobs, it will cost us over $800,000 in royalties, it will be devastating to this state, so you can say that you understand the industry, but in my view, the fact that you work in the industry and you don't believe there's a war on coal and you supported Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, calls your judgement into serious question. - Absolutely not, well, first of all-- - This next question, time is up for that question, I'm sorry. The next question is for Ryan Greene-- - [Struempf] Don't I get to respond to that question? - You missed your opportunity to respond, but you know what, we'll make an exception, if you would like to, part of what we agreed to before was that it's not an automatic response, if you want to respond, you have to catch my eye and I will make sure that I recognize you. - [Struempf] Okay. - As Mr. Greene did, but in the interest of fairness since this is the first debate for Mr. Struempf, Mr. Struempf, would you like to respond? - I was gonna say I've worked a lot with our state house and state senate representatives and I think that they're doing a very good job and I have great respect for them and those who are in my community, it's the federal government we need to really work on and try to break the partisan divide. - Okay, and Mr. Cummings. - Most of the problems with the coal industry are coming from Washington from overreach of a government that's out of control, only minimal, if any, problems from the coal industry are coming from Cheyenne. - Does everybody understand now? - [Cummings] Yes. - Next question is for Ryan Greene from Erich Frankland. - Mr. Greene, with the recent economic downturn, a lot of attention in Wyoming's been focusing on the loss of energy sector jobs, but many people in Wyoming work in service jobs, and recently, Congress, yet again, failed to address the minimum wage issue, how would you address minimum wage and related wage concerns for Wyomingites who aren't in the energy sector? - Yeah, certainly, the minimum wage, I believe needs to be increased. Now, the federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009 and a lot of folks believe that this is an issue of entry-level jobs, but it's not, especially in Wyoming's economy, we have folks that are coming in from the oilfields and the mines that can't find any other jobs, and not every company is Walmart, so I think we need to, the mission of our next congressman, we need to have those discussions where we are providing a livable wage without crippling small businesses and I believe we need to start the discussion at $10 an hour. - I also agree that we need to increase the minimum wage, I was thinking $12 is what they show would be an acceptable livable wage for 40 hours a week nationwide. - Mr. Cummings. - I believe in the free market, wages should be determined by negotiation between employers, employees, and the marketplace in general. There is no constitutional authority for Congress to meddle in the marketplace and this welfare mentality, it's entirely out of line. - [Bohren] Ms. Cheney. - I think it would be a disaster for the economy if we mandated an increase for the minimum wage, what we need to do is roll back the federal government, we need to get the regulation off of our back, We need to get back to a place where we've got pro-growth economic policies, so that people are able to keep more of their own money, we've gotta repeal Obamacare, we need to reduce taxes, we need to create a situation where jobs are coming back to our state because our energy industry is off of its back and the federal government is out of the way, but we should not be mandating an increase in the minimum wage. - [Bohren] Okay, and 30 seconds for a followup. - Well, I believe that we do need to increase the minimum wage at least 2% to keep up with inflation. Look, we have folks working 40 hours a week that can't make it and so we need to have a balance between doing what's right, providing a livable wage, but without crippling our small businesses or doubling their payroll, and it starts with a discussion. - Okay, next question is for Lawrence Struempf from Bob Beck. - Mr. Struempf, what do we do about equal pay for equal work and is there a realistic solution at the federal level? - I believe I strongly in pushing more of the control from the federal level to the state level and so, as US representative, I would not have the United States address that as much. It is important that people are treated equally and get fair wages. Some of the issues that I work with is where you don't have as many women, perhaps, in a certain job sector and that varies, and so if you have one area that pays more and there aren't as many women in it, it's gonna influence that, but for the same job, it is logical that they should receive the same pay. - [Bohren] For followup, Mr. Cummings. - No two people are alike. There is no such thing as equal work for any two persons, people are different, they find their value in the marketplace, these matters should not be dictated by a fascist control-freak congress in Washington, they should be dictated by the free market, by free interchange and negotiations. - [Bohren] Mr. Greene? - Yes, I believe we need equal pay for equal work. Wyoming has in the gender wage, we're the second highest gender wage gap out there. Now, look, this is the equality state, we need to move beyond a slogan and actually back it with action, and we own an energy services company and it doesn't matter if you're a woman or man, if you provide that service, you get equal pay, and so I would support a constitutional amendment for equal pay for equal work, it's the right thing to do. It's 2016, we need to roll up our sleeves and get this done. - Ms. Cheney? - I think we all on this stage agree that people outta be paid equally for the jobs that they do, but I think that the statistics that are driving this debate are fundamentally flawed, they come from the Census Bureau, they don't take into account anything in terms of the types of jobs people are working, who leaves the work force, the types of training we're providing people, I mean, here in our own home state, it tends to be men, nine out of 10 accidents in the workplace, injuries in the workplace happen to men. They take on jobs, in many cases, that are more dangerous and there's a pay differential for that. I don't think the government should be involved in mandating pay. I think that's something that outta be negotiated between employers and employees and the government doesn't have any business being in the middle of it. - Okay, would you like a followup? - No, I agree. - Okay, our fourth question goes to Daniel Cummings from Craig Blumenshine. - Mr. Cummings, 13% of Wyoming's children and 10% of all Wyoming residents live in poverty. In this country, there are 43 million people that are living in poverty, what should Congress do about that? - Congress has no constitutional authority to deal with poverty. Poverty belongs to state governments and to charitable institutions. We have had a war on poverty since the days of Johnson and we have more poverty now than we did then, the more deeply the federal government gets involved in so-called improving poverty, the worse the situation gets. - Ms. Cheney. - I think this is a very important question and I think as a nation, we have an obligation to do everything we can to lift people out of poverty and I think as republicans, we have an obligation to do a better job at explaining why it is free enterprise, why the free enterprise system, why policies that allow people to keep more of their own money, so they can invest, why lowering the tax burden and the regulatory burden are the exact policies that will create jobs and economic growth, that's what we need to do about poverty is create opportunity in this nation and in this state, and in this state, the best solution to poverty and budget issues is to unleash the unbelievable resources we have in our fossil fuel industry, that today are being really strangled by the Obama administration. - Mr. Greene. - Well, I believe the first practical step and my campaign's always been about practical solutions not big promises, so I believe one big or the first practical step that we can do is raise the minimum wage, and I think that's realistic, it's achievable, and we can get that done. It's a bipartisan issue, we need to go to work, roll up our sleeves and get it done. - And I believe that we need to do a mixture of both. We need to build the economy, so that there are jobs out there. Many of the people who are unemployed and living in poverty are there 'cause they've lost their jobs, and so if we can work to help the energy industry and other things to foster the economy, we can help resolve poverty. - [Bohren] Mr. Cummings, would you like a followup? - Thank you. The free enterprise system that we have in America has blessed us with wealth that is absolute unimaginable to people throughout history of the world up to about 50 years ago, the poor today live better than the rich in the past 6,000 years, and the reason is the free market not government action. - Thank you, the next questions is for Ms. Cheney from Erich Frankland. - Ms. Cheney, there's a call for a balance between needed environmental and health protections for Wyoming and the United States, but also promoting economic development for Wyoming and the United States, how do you see that balance? - I don't think that the two things are in conflict. I think that what's happened today is we've had radical environmentalist in too many instances who have really captured agencies like the EPA, who have captured pieces of legislation like the Endangered Species Act, and who are exploiting those in order to end all productive use of our land, and in some instances, to end all human use of our land. I think the reality is if you visit a coal mine and you see the area that's been reclaimed, it's unbelievable, it's impressive, it is in many instances better than when we started. I think if you look at the stewardship of our farmers and our ranchers all across this state, they know best how to care for the land and the environment, and those are the issues that outta be controlled here, that outta be handled by our state DEQ, the EPA is doing far more damage today to our environment than good, and I think it needs to be severely restricted and the budget needs to be cut, and we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to phase it out. - Mr. Greene. - Well, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the land and the environment, but also protect our energy sector as well, and the folks that work in the energy sector, they hunt, they fish, they use the land, they're good stewards, so we can strike a balance. You look at what happened under Governor Dave Freudenthal, Governor Sullivan, they balanced energy development with conservation, we do a pretty good job of this in Wyoming and as your next congressman, I would do the same to strike a balance. Obviously, we can't cripple the coal industry, we need to have clean, oh, am I out of time, sorry. - [Bohren] You are. - I'm sorry. - [Bohren] Mr. Cummings? - I'm gonna go. - I was gonna say, go ahead if you want. - Yeah, I thought I'd, anyhow, we need clean air, we need clean water, so the EPA does need to have a certain level of control and management over it, but they, a lot of waste has occurred with the EPA overreaching and affecting regulations and so forth that influence production and the economy overall. - It's delusional to think we will get better environmental answers from Washington, from bureaucrats there who do not know our territory, do not know our state, do not know the region, do not know the nature here, the best answers will come locally and in our state from our legislature. Cheyenne, the state legislature, is the state to solve Wyoming's problems. - Would you like a followup? - Yes, the problem that we have today is that these federal agencies are not operating in good faith. They're not operating in a way that demonstrates that they really work together even to obey the law. If you look at the BLM, for example, they're supposed to manage for multiple use, but what's happening today instead is they are ignoring comments that are coming in from our cooperating agencies, they are listening to radical environmental groups and our lands are being destroyed, our resources are being destroyed, so this is an area where we have to ensure that we get control of those agencies and that we return authority for managing our land and our resources where it belongs which is in our local communities. - [Bohren] The next question goes to Ryan Greene from Bob Beck. - Mr. Greene, economists almost universally point to a carbon tax as the most market-friendly efficient way to address climate change. Many major energy companies are currently pushing a carbon tax including Shell, Exxon, and BP, do you support this and if not, how do you propose to address the problem of carbon emissions without a tax? - I do not support a carbon tax. I don't believe that the answer to our problems are to punish the producers of this. Look, I think we've got some of the best engineers in the world, I work with these folks every day, let them have a seat at the table, let's have a conversation between industry and the government because I believe that's the missing link, these folks can fix the problem. They go to work on it every day. Currently, right now, all of the coal standards have been met, so these folks can do the job, let them have the problem, let them take that, and let them reduce the emissions, they'll find the solutions without a doubt. - We need all of the energy we can get to grow America, to grow our economies, and natural gas is very clean, I cannot see us ever not wanting to use natural gas and so, the free market should pretty much work it out, we're very effective at having cleaner coal. I believe we should do more research on coal to liquid, so we can use it for diesel, but we need to let the free market work more and work more with exporting our natural resources. - Mr. Cummings. - Many good scientists don't buy the argument that carbon dioxide is the main cause of increasing temperatures. It has been noticed and fairly well established from T-rings, ice drillings in Antarctica, and otherwise that the sun has been going through 1500 year cycles of up and down and up and down about 750 years of each for 10s of thousands of years, we're in upswing now, it's going to get warmer because the sun is heating up and carbon dioxide is not going to have a very relevant part of that. - Ms. Cheney. - We are the target here in Wyoming absolutely of a war on coal and a war on fossil fuels is coming, and we cannot take the position that we're sort of all gonna try to work together because we know that this president and we know that Hillary Clinton and we know that Nancy Pelossi have decided they're gonna kill our coal industry, and we are feeling the impact of that every single day, so I believe we need legislation that prevents the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. I believe we need to repeal the Clean Power Plan, we need to repeal the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, and we need to return authority for managing these issues to the state because the EPA is devastating us. - I'm beginning to think you don't like the president. (laughter) Look, the reality is that a carbon tax is not the answer, but let energy fix energy, certainly not the government. - [Bohren] The next question is for Lawrence Struempf from Craig Blumenshine. - Mr. Struempf, what action will you take in your first year to reduce gun violence and mass shootings and as an extension to that, under the Obama administration, do you feel that your 2nd Amendment rights have been infringed? - I do not feel that my 2nd Amendment rights have been infringed. There haven't been that many issues that have been successful. Of course, Obama has had a House and a Senate to work with him, so even if he wanted to cause problems in that area, he was not allowed to. - So, what might you do to reduce gun violence and mass shootings? - Education. And of course, I believe in less federal government, more control at the state government, and so I really believe that that should be more at the state level, but then when you look at like Chicago has the strongest gun laws in the nation and yet they have the highest gun crimes, and so I don't think there's a direct correlation between gun regulation and gun crimes. - Mr. Cummings. - The founding fathers put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution as a defensive liberty and self-defense, it was not about hunting, although, I have no animus against hunters, I think hunting is fine, but the key issue here is America's liberty. People who cannot defend themselves against tyrannical government are in danger of losing their freedom. Look at the Germans under Hitler, look at the Soviets under Stalin, and the Cambodians under Pol Pot, 10s of millions dead. - Ms. Cheney. - This is another issue that is really at stake in this election. Just last night in the presidential debate, Secretary Clinton criticized the Heller decision, that's the decision that was written by Justice Scalia that affirmed that we have an individual right to keep and bear arms, so my opponent can act like, gosh, we're all on the same page here, but we really aren't, and the fact that he's endorsed Hillary Clinton who will nominate and appoint benches or judges to the Supreme Court that will do everything they can to undo our 2nd Amendment rights is something that people need to be very focused on as we go forward in this campaign. - Look, I support the 2nd Amendment, my dad taught me to shoot and I'm teaching my kids how to shoot, it's about responsible gun ownership, and we do that here in Wyoming. My father-in-law has his licensed firearm dealer, he's a licensed firearm dealer, so of course I support it, but I do support background checks like we do here in Wyoming and I support no fly, no buy rule, which I'm not alone, both presidential candidates, which you've endorsed the other one, support that as well. - I was gonna say one thing that people don't seem to realize is that it's not just the ability to own guns, it's the ability to have access to ammunition and places to use your firearms. I know that when I grew up, my friends and I, every day after school, we'd go shoot 22s, you can't even buy 22 shells anymore, how better to stop people in the United States from learning how to use guns and firearms than get rid of 22 shells, so our children can't learn how to shoot properly. - Next question is for Daniel Cummings from Erich Frankland. - Mr. Cummings, in a recent forum in Jackson, former governor Mike Sullivan and former senator Al Simpson addressed the issue of civility and compromise being essential for democratic politics in the United States and lamented the rise of hatred in American politics today, so how would you respond to that assessment of American politics, do we need civility and compromise or should we pursue the path of hatred that's gotten so much attention recently? - I am dedicated to decreasing the power and interference of the federal government in the most civil way that we can possibly do it. As to compromise, compromises for the last 50 years have always been leftward, have always been more government, have always been more authority, have always been more rules and regulations, have always been more interference in our personal lives and in our businesses, I think it's time that compromises went the other way, let the left, the liberals compromise with less government, let's reduce the size, let them do some compromising, and let them be civil for a while. (audience applauding) - Mr. Struempf. - I believe that the biggest problem with our country is the two party system, we need a third party 'cause you got, the rights always gonna vote with the right, the party on the left is always gonna vote with the left, regardless of what is right, and we need a third party to break that and to bring them together, so a fiscally conservative, socially liberal, moderate libertarian party is the ultimate party for the United States to help get our government back on track. - [Bohren] Mr. Greene. - Well, certainly, this has been a staple of my campaign because we need to work together and the reality is that Wyoming's problems do not belong to either party, we want gun rights, but we want Medicaid expansion, too. We want to sell our coal, but we want to keep public lands in public hands. Senator Enzi recently called for a more bipartisan approach in Congress and I could not agree with him more because the legislative solutions will only come from those that are willing to work together. - I think it's-- (applause) - May I remind the audience that we've asked you to refrain from applauding just so we can keep the time for responses from the candidates. - I think it's very important for us to work together, but I also think it's very important for us to know where we stand and I think there are some issues on which we cannot compromise. I don't agree with no fly, no buy, I don't think the people's constitutional rights should be taken away from them without due process and that's what no fly, no buy does, it takes 'em away without due process. I also don't think that we outta put our public lands in Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi's hands which is what my opponent wants to do. I think there are some critical issues on which we gotta make sure we know where we stand and that we lead and build coalitions around those things that matter to us in this state, so we can defend out way of life and our rights and our freedoms. - [Bohren] You've had a followup, I'm sorry, would you like to followup, Mr. Cummings? - Can I have his? - Sure. - Thanks for asking. - Good try. - The next question is for Ms. Cheney from Bob Beck. - Ms. Cheney, I've been hearing you talk about climate change where your reference is Junk Science, I know you're not a big fan of the EPA, talking about dismantling it, do you favor any environmental regulation? - I do, Bob. I think that the kind of environmental regulation that happens at the state level is where it outta happen. When you talk about climate change, I think the important question for us to ask is whether those who accept the administration's set of beliefs, whether or not the policies they're putting in place have any impact on those, and even the EPA administrator admits that the Clean Power Plan which will kill our coal industry and the move to keep all of our fossil fuels in the ground which will kill the state, even if those things succeed, the effect on global temperature is negligible, and so then you have to ask yourself what is it they're trying to accomplish, and in my view, it is much more important for us to do all we can to ensure that we get access to our resources in a responsible way, so we can get the economy growing again and so we can bring jobs back to our-- - [Beck] But what kind of environmental regulation do you support? - Energy companies have made tremendous progress. I think that when you look at things like the rule for reclamation for example, when you look at the advances that have been made in clean coal technology already, I think that those things have been tremendously important, what I don't support is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on renewables, we have to be for all of the above, but right now, these renewables are being subsidized in a way that makes it impossible for anybody else to compete and frankly, that is a complete loss of our taxpayer money. - [Bohren] Mr. Greene. - Ms. Cheney, that's kind of fascinating because one of your top donors is wind power and so you claim that you're going to help our coal industry, but Philip Anschutz, who owns the largest wind farm in America is one of your top donors, and so I don't believe you're gonna stand with our miners when you're funded by wind and so I don't believe that, but look, she calls it junk science, I stand with the 99% of scientists that says it's real and I also stand with former president George W. Bush, who said, "Global warming is caused "in large part by human activity. "I believe climate change is real "and that man has played a role in it." - [Bohren] Mr. Struempf. - I believe it is very important that we respect education in science and we look at what science says. At the same time, we need to do a cost-benefit analysis even if climate change is caused by man, how much effect will it have versus the economy. We're gonna have to use all the energy we can eventually. We need everything we can to help the world grow and so we need coal, we need natural gas, we need wind power, we need it all, and so anyhow, in order for us to grow, we need all aspects. - [Bohren] Mr. Cummings. - If the environmental science is so strong, why do these scientists treat minority dissenters so badly? Such as slashing tires at scientific conventions, changing history in Wikipedia and other activities that are hard to call civil in any way. We don't treat the flat-earthers that way, we ignore them. If their position is so strong, why do they treat their dissenters so abominably? - Thank you, your follow? - My opponent has just expressed a very typical liberal perspective which is not understanding the difference between saying we need to make sure that we're taking advantage of all of the above which I believe and saying we need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money to subsidize renewables. Now, somebody who's been working in energy industry and who says that we should elect him because he's been working in the energy industry, but then says there's no war on coal, it's not just that he doesn't think that you can take these issues on, he doesn't think we need to take 'em on, he seems to think everything is just fine. Now, not everybody in our state has the job security of being able to work in their parent's company for their whole career like my opponent, but it is a big thing in this state to make sure - not everybody was - that we defend ourselves - given a spot at - To make sure - at the State Department - we defend ourselves - because their father vice president. - [Bohren] Time's up. - I need to respond to that. It's very important - the next question that we make sure that we send somebody to Washington who is gonna fight for all of us not somebody who's decided all of the sudden that he's gonna stand up and say there's no war on coal, we're not gonna take on the democrats, we are at a crucial moment in the lives of the state - [Bohren] time's up. - and he seems unaware of that. - That's not true. - Time's up and we're moving on. Next question is for Ryan Greene from Craig Blumenshine. - Mr. Greene, where should Congress set the limits of surveillance by the US government on Wyomingites and really, in fact, all Americans? - [Greene] I didn't, could you-- - Where should Congress set the limits of surveillance by the US government on Wyomingites and really all Americans? - One more time, I can't hear, I'm sorry. - Where should Congress set the limits of surveillance? - Should they cut surveillance? - [Cheney] Where should limits? - [Blumenshine] Set the limits of surveillance by the US government-- - Thank you, thank you, I appreciate that. It's a large echo. I believe in privacy, this is a privacy issue, and we should not have surveillance on your phones and your tablets and your computers. I believe that you have a right to your privacy, you have a right to your information that's secured on your computers, and in no way should the government be allowed to take a look at this, so I completely believe in your right to privacy and that we should limit any surveillance. - I believe that having privacy is part of our rights as an American and I believe that the government has greatly overstepped their boundaries in surveillance, whether it be of our phone calls or emails or whatever else is monitored, I do not believe that that is within the constitution. - Mr. Cummings. - The right to privacy is a variation on the one great general right which is to be left alone, all other rights are variations on the right to be left alone. Most of what privacy is about is exactly that, the government has gone way beyond what is proper, what fosters liberty, and what fosters national security, and its present surveillance state, and should be cut back drastically. - [Bohren] Ms. Cheney. - We're at war, we're at war with radical Islam, and we absolutely have a right to our privacy, but I don't believe that terrorists have a right to make communications overseas to plot and to plan freely and I think that puts our nation at risk, and I think it's hugely important for us to make sure that we are using every element of our national armory in order to make sure that we can defeat those who are attempting to defeat us and to destroy our civilization, and I think that the notion that we are not gonna surveil terrorists is just simply naive. - [Bohren] Followup, Mr. Greene? - No. - Next question is for Lawrence Struempf from Erich Frankland. - Mr. Struempf, this election is set to be the most expensive in American history, if you're adding everything together, how would you plan to get rid or minimize the impact of money in politics and restore trust in our political system? - Well, I think one of the most important things is to overturn Citizens United and realize that corporations are not people and cannot buy politicians. I believe people should be elected on their merit and what they do not by how much money they have. If four people are running, they should all pretty much have the same options and same media coverage for the election. It is unconstitutional that you can buy an election by having big donors, more specifically big corporate donors. - Mr. Cummings. - I hope in attacking Citizens United, my colleague will also take down unions with it, they should be considered in the same boat, corporations and unions should be able to campaign together or should be restricted together out of fairness, but the idea that we can take a group of candidates and give them equal opportunity will not happen without a fascist control-freak police state, people are different, they campaign differently, they're blocks are different, people are different. - Would you like to follow? Oh, you'd like to speak? - Yeah, I'm sorry, I didn't know if it was to anyone or not. Yeah, this is a huge problem, we see it in this race. I mean, when Ms. Cheney raises 90% of funds outside of the state, LA, New York, DC, and Chicago, and let's be honest, folks, they don't give a hoot about Wyoming issues, they want a candidate that can push their agenda because they're investing in something, so I completely think we should overturn Citizens United and have transparency in all campaign spending. I'll be honest, I got a donation from a guy in Pittsburgh, he's a republican, works in the energy sector, he's my brother, and he expects me to pay him back. (laughter) - [Cummings] Is that a donation or a loan? - Good point, it's a loan. - I am really proud to have raised 10 times more money in Wyoming than my competitors, and more money in Wyoming than all of my competitors combined in the primary and in this general election, and what I believe in is absolute complete transparency. I'd like to see a system where as soon as you get a donation or a contribution, you have to immediately disclose it. I think that's the way to ensure we know how money is being spent without limiting 1st Amendment rights, and I would say that the donations that I've had from around the country give you evidence that I am the only candidate on this stage who will be able to get a national focus and a national attention to our issues, that I'll be able to lead the kinda national coalition we need if we're gonna prevail in saving our energy industry, saving our ag industry, repealing Obamacare, saving our families and our small businesses. - Would you like your followup? - I would just like to say that I don't think that how much money you can get from around the nation represents how well you will represent the people of this state. - Next question is for Daniel Cummings from Bob Beck. - Mr. Cummings, what should be done to strengthen the social security system, so it can keep supporting retirees now and in the future? - I'm not trying to strengthen social security, but if you really wanna strengthen it and make it last, raise the retirement age to about 85. Our demographics are disastrous for social security, the people who want to collect from it are not having children, our birthrate, our fertility is down to about 2.1, that's not even replacement. Social security is a Ponzi scheme that depends upon children and grandchildren which we're not producing. It's a national suicide and I don't want to be responsible for the bloodshed that will come fighting over social security. - Mr. Struempf. - It is important, we need to reform social security, I do not have all the answers on how to do it, but it is on a dead-end trail and so we need to either raise the age, cut the caps, or some other aspect to help address the social security problem. - Mr. Greene. - I was recently endorsed by the Alliance for Retired Americans and I'm honored to have their endorsement. There's 4,000 men and women in Wyoming and I complete defend social security. There's a lot of talk about these are entitlement programs, but you've earned them, you've bought 'em, you've paid for 'em, you've put 'em on layaway, and I believe you should get what you paid for. We've got to look at where we're spending our dollars, but Congress gave the Pentagon $3 billion more than it asked for last year, that's a lot of social security. - Ms. Cheney. - I think that we have a solemn obligation to ensure that social security is there. One of the most important things we need to do to save it is stop raiding it. You've seen consistently over the last eight years, this administration raiding social security in order to pay for things like Obamacare, we can't allow that to continue to happen, we've gotta make sure that we begin to take reforms for people who are not at or near retirement, we shouldn't touch that benefit for people who depend on it or who are about to depend on it, but we have to understand that it will not be there for people who are younger if we don't move immediately to begin reforms. - Do we have time for one more question? - We have time for one last question? - [Cummings] Do I get a followup? - [Bohren] Yes, you do, yes, sorry. - Social security might've been paid for, might've been arranged, but Congress has dissipated it, that doesn't mean it should be a problem for our children. I want my children to grow up free of that burden. I am way past the retirement age and I am still working for a living, putting services into this community that are of value, that's what America should do, getting back to the work ethic. Retirement is not a virtuous goal to be pursuing on a federal basis. - Okay, we have time for one last question, it goes to Liz Cheney from Craig Blumenshine. - Ms. Cheney, what do you think the main reason why supporters of your opponents would not support and/or vote for you and what would you say to assure them that if elected that reason would not prevent you from doing what is best for Wyoming? - Well, I obviously am very proud of the support that I've got around the state and very proud of the hard work that's been done on behalf of my campaign and what I see around the state is very much a sense that we have to have change, and it could be, I suppose, that perhaps people who are supporting my opponent don't understand the threat that we're facing, they don't understand that the threat or they haven't felt, perhaps, the threat to our freedom from Washington DC and the threat to our freedom from overseas, but I think there's just absolutely no question that we can't send someone to Washington who's simply gonna sit there and who's gonna caucus with Nancy Pelosi, and said he supports Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, we've got to make sure that our next representative is somebody who's gonna fight for our issues and our rights and our way of life and our freedom. - [Bohren] Mr. Greene. Up here on this stage, I think only one of us knows Nancy Pelosi and it's not me. The reality is look, yeah, we do have challenges that we're facing in this, but big promises are not gonna solve this. Ms. Cheney believes that she can walk into government and start rolling back committees. Last congressional session, freshman congressman, there were 721 bills introduced by freshman, 21 became law, and of those 21, seven were renaming post offices, so the reality is that she's gonna go in and gut the EPA on day one and BLM on day two and the Department of Education on day three is just simply not true, maybe day seven, she'll rest, I don't know, but the reality is we have to be practical with what we can and can't get accomplished in Congress. - Thank you. Mr. Struempf? - It is important that we address every problem with a project management aspect. We need with the people who have different views, in everything, you're never gonna get 100% agreement on anything, you need someone who can come between the parties and work with and to get a consensus that's best for the people of the United States, that knows how to research, understand science, and will work hard to do what is needed for the people of this country and of this state. - Mr. Cummings. - The effectiveness of Congress should not be measured by how many bills are passed. We have way too many bills, way too many laws, way too many regulations interfering with our lives and with our businesses. Congress has the responsibility to do that which is best for America. I believe what is best for America is liberty, I also believe that is what is best for Wyoming, and that is my goal, fewer laws, fewer regulations, more individual freedom. - [Bohren] Thank you, sir. - The candidate in this race who can't be trust is my opponent. He tells you now that he's a Wyoming democrat, he tells you that he's a moderate, he tells you he'll fight for our issues, he caucused for Bernie Sanders and he said-- - Did you caucus here or where you in Virginia? - And he said that Bernie Sanders' socialist way of thinking is a way forward for Wyoming and now he endorses Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton, who will end the extraction of fossil fuels on public lands. Now, he can says he's gonna work with everybody, but we need somebody who's gonna fight for us and it may be that a green freshman member of Congress cannot do those things, but we need a leader, someone who's gonna be able to bring a national focus and attention to these issues. - That concludes the direct question portion of our debate and so at this time, we'll start with the closing statements. The order of the closing statements were determined by random draw before the debate and we'll go from right to left, Mr. Cummings, you have the first closing statement. - Thank you. - I represent the Constitution Party which obviously in this debate is the party of liberty. We have a left party that is almost universally left, we have a right party that spends half of its time moving leftward, we have a libertarian party that has lost its way, I am more libertarian than the libertarian presidential candidate and the congressional candidate. I am the candidate for individual liberty, for smaller government, for peaceful coexistence with one another, and ask that you awaken within yourselves the spirit of our founding fathers who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor not to build a rich and prosperous nation, not to build a nation with military might, but the American ideal, individual liberty, that is my goal, thank you. - As your libertarian candidate, I believe in less government and more liberties, less federal government and more state control. I believe in protecting all of your individual rights and freedoms. I believe in being fiscally responsible and yet protecting social liberties. I have over my life worked very hard within the communities through leadership activities with community organizations and state organizations to help serve the people of my communities and of this state and of the country. I believe that you need someone who can go to Congress, who will work for you and fight for your rights, who has work experience in different areas, and who knows and understand the people of Wyoming, everything from the cattle ranchers to the teachers to the firefighters to the doctors to the business people, you need a manager, someone management education and experience in Washington to get the job done, someone who knows how to get things completed and who knows how to work with both the left and the right to get a consensus, and yes, I am a moderate libertarian, but we don't need extremist, we have extremists in the democrat, we have extremists in the republican, we have enough extremists in our country, we need more moderate-thinking people to bring the right and left together. - Thank you, sir. Ryan Greene. - Folks, there's enough chaos in Congress, Wyoming doesn't need to contribute to it. We don't need a bomb thrower or a flamethrower in the US House, we need a persuader, a worker, because at the end of the day, we're never gonna agree on everything, but we have to talk. If you ask me we need less money, less hostility, and less gridlock in Congress, we need more Wyoming, we need more real world experience. You know, Ms. Cheney is long on political ambition, but short on Wyoming experience, and during this campaign, she has questioned my loyalty, but folks, I've been loyal to Wyoming my entire life, I run a small business in Rock Springs, I work with the coal mines and the oilfields, and I don't have all the answers, but I know Wyoming's industries and concerns, and I'll work with senators Enzi and Barrasso to make a real impact. You know, this is just a two-year term, so if I don't make Wyoming proud, you can vote me out in two years, getting a democrat out of office in Wyoming, it's not that hard. But if we elect Ms. Cheney and we don't like the results we're getting, we're never gonna budge her. Folks, we've asked a lot of questions tonight, but I wanna ask one more, should your next congressman want to make a difference for Wyoming or want Wyoming to make a difference for them? I'm Ryan Greene and I would be honored to work for you in Congress. - Thank you, sir. Liz Cheney. - It has been truly, as I said, an incredible eight and a half months since we launched our campaign in Gillette. Over those eight and half months, my family and I have been so blessed by the outpouring of support all across the state, it is absolutely the blessing of our lives, of all of our lives, that we get to live here in this time and in this place where we're guided by our faith, by our family, and by absolute dedication to freedom, and where we have all the resources we need to prosper and grow right here in Wyoming, but it is exactly those freedoms and those resources that are under assault from Washington DC, from a massive out of control federal government. Now, you cannot expect somebody to solve a problem when he doesn't even seem to think there is a problem. At this perilous moment, when the stakes are as high as they are, we have to send someone to Washington to represent us who will lead an effort on behalf of our constitutional rights. On behalf of restoring our freedoms, on behalf of bringing back jobs to our state, not someone who is gonna be a foot soldier in Hillary Clinton's or Nancy Pelosi's army. The stakes could not be higher and it would be the honor of my life to be your representative in Washington DC. With your help and with your support, I will work every single day, standing shoulder to shoulder with all of you to restore our freedoms, defend our constitution, bring back our way of life, so that we can hand this state and all that we love and hold dear onto the next generation. Thank you, God bless you, God bless Wyoming, and God bless the United States of America. - Thank you for attending this debate. Thank you for attending this debate, we hope that it helps you make a considered decision on who you wish to represent you in the US House of Representatives, and at this time on behalf of Wyoming Public Television, Casper College, and the Casper Star Tribune, thank you to the candidates and I hope you'll join me in thanking the candidates for their time this evening. - Bob, thank. - Thank you, good job.


Make-Up of the House

Affiliation Seats at Last Election Seats at End of Legislative Session Seats after Election Change Since Last Election
Democratic 93 94 102 +8
Republican 110 109 101 -8

General election

District Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes %
1 Democratic Linda Bebko-Jones retired Democratic Patrick J. Harkins 9,665 75.0
Republican Christine E. Pontoriero 3,226 25.0
2 Democratic Florindo Fabrizio re-elected Democratic Florindo Fabrizio 14,759 100
3 Republican Matthew W. Good defeated Democratic John Hornaman 11,188 48.8
Republican Matthew W. Good 11,043 48.1
Green Timothy P. Reim 714 3.1
4 Republican Curt Sonney re-elected Republican Curt Sonney 14,356 100
5 Republican John R. Evans re-elected Republican John R. Evans 9,263 51.4
Democratic Jason White 7,139 39.6
Independent Scott R. Rastetter 1,341 7.4
Libertarian Edward H. Tonkin 286 1.6
6 Republican Teresa Forcier defeated in primary Republican Brad Roae 10,590 60.8
Democratic Keith Abbott 6,821 39.2
7 Democratic Michael C. Gruitza retired Democratic Mark Longietti 17,756 100
8 Republican Dick Stevenson re-elected Republican Dick Stevenson 16,742 100
9 Democratic Chris Sainato re-elected Democratic Chris Sainato 18,397 100
10 Democratic Frank LaGrotta defeated in primary Democratic Jaret Gibbons 11,969 62.5
Republican Chuck Morse 7,180 37.5
11 Republican Brian L. Ellis re-elected Republican Brian L. Ellis 13,381 64.7
Democratic Bill Neel 7,286 35.3
12 Republican Daryl Metcalfe re-elected Republican Daryl Metcalfe 19,488 100
13 Republican Arthur D. Hershey re-elected Republican Arthur D. Hershey 12,257 53.9
Democratic Tom Houghton 10,482 46.1
14 Democratic Mike Veon defeated Republican Jim E. Marshall 10,756 53.9
Democratic Mike Veon 9,213 46.1
15 Democratic Vince Biancucci re-elected Democratic Vince Biancucci 11,712 50.6
Republican Todd Hockenberry 11,419 49.4
16 Democratic Sean Ramaley re-elected Democratic Sean Ramaley 17,563 100
17 Republican Rod E. Wilt retired Republican Michele Brooks 10,288 52.8
Democratic Frank H. Weaver 9,196 47.2
18 Republican Gene DiGirolamo re-elected Republican Gene DiGirolamo 12,149 62.5
Democratic Harris Martin 7,296 37.5
19 Democratic Jake Wheatley re-elected Democratic Jake Wheatley 11,894 100
20 Democratic Don Walko re-elected Democratic Don Walko 12,724 65.1
Republican Bill Stalter 6,089 31.2
Constitution Jim Barr 719 3.7
21 Democratic Frank J. Pistella defeated in primary Democratic Lisa Bennington 16,500 100
22 Republican Michael Diven defeated Democratic Chelsa Wagner 12,207 55.3
Republican Michael Diven 9,849 44.7
23 Democratic Dan B. Frankel re-elected Democratic Dan B. Frankel 19,036 100
24 Democratic Joseph Preston re-elected Democratic Joseph Preston 14,024 86.2
None Todd Elliott Koger 2,250 13.8
25 Democratic Joseph F. Markosek re-elected Democratic Joseph F. Markosek 14,368 62.2
Republican Ed Nicholson 8,744 37.8
26 Republican Tim Hennessey re-elected Republican Tim Hennessey 13,703 82.7
Socialist Jeff M. Brindle 2,873 17.3
27 Democratic Thomas C. Petrone re-elected Democratic Thomas C. Petrone 12,874 66.4
Republican Bill Ogden 6,525 33.6
28 Republican Mike Turzai re-elected Republican Mike Turzai 19,850 71.3
Democratic John Henry 7,988 28.7
29 Republican Bernie O'Neill re-elected Republican Bernie O'Neill 14,408 56.1
Democratic Brad Kirsch 11,255 43.9
30 Democratic Shawn Flaherty[5] defeated Republican Randy Vulakovich 15,276 53.0
Democratic Shawn Flaherty 13,563 47.0
31 Republican David J. Steil re-elected Republican David J. Steil 13,726 51.6
Democratic Michael Diamond 12,864 48.4
32 Democratic Anthony M. Deluca re-elected Democratic Anthony M. Deluca 18,130 100
33 Democratic Frank Dermody re-elected Democratic Frank Dermody 11,317 51.0
Republican Eileen Watt 10,893 49.0
34 Democratic Paul Costa re-elected Democratic Paul Costa 18123 100
35 Democratic Marc Gergely re-elected Democratic Marc Gergely 14,767 100
36 Democratic Harry Readshaw re-elected Democratic Harry Readshaw 17,296 100
37 Republican Tom Creighton re-elected Republican Tom Creighton 13,703 69.8
Democratic Lee Heffner 5,918 30.2
38 Democratic Kenneth W. Ruffing defeated in primary Democratic Bill Kortz 14,838 70.8
Republican Daniel J. Davis 6,125 29.2
39 Democratic David K. Levdansky re-elected Democratic David Levdansky 16,953 100
40 Republican John Maher re-elected Republican John A. Maher 20,323 100
41 Republican Katie True re-elected Republican Katie True 17,039 81.9
Independent Kenneth C. Brenneman 3,762 18.1
42 Republican Thomas L. Stevenson defeated in primary Democratic Matthew H. Smith 16,568 58.4
Republican Mark Harris 11,795 41.6
43 Republican Scott W. Boyd re-elected Republican Scott W. Boyd 16,218 100
44 Republican Mark Mustio re-elected Republican Mark Mustio 14,933 59.7
Democratic Ray J. Uhric 10,072 40.3
45 Democratic Nick Kotik re-elected Democratic Nick Kotik 18,024 100
46 Democratic Victor John Lescovitz retired Democratic Jesse J. White 11,945 53.8
Republican Paul Snatchko 10,251 46.2
47 Republican Keith J. Gillespie re-elected Republican Keith J. Gillespie 18,289 100
48 Democratic Timothy J. Solobay re-elected Democratic Timothy Joseph Solobay 15,907 82.9
Libertarian Demo Agoris 3,274 17.1
49 Democratic Peter J. Daley re-elected Democratic Peter J. Daley 11,841 63.4
Republican Edward S. Angell 6,838 36.6
50 Democratic Bill DeWeese re-elected Democratic Bill DeWeese 10,035 52.7
Republican Greg Hopkins 8,994 47.3
51 Democratic Larry Roberts retired Democratic Timothy S. Mahoney 9,476 61.8
Republican John Mikita 5,858 38.2
52 Democratic James E. Shaner retired Democratic Deberah Kula 11,077 68.2
Republican William R. Earnesty 5,161 31.8
53 Republican Robert W. Godshall re-elected Republican Robert W. Godshall 11,741 58.9
Democratic John W. Jack Hansen 8,177 41.1
54 Democratic John E. Pallone re-elected Democratic John E. Pallone 12,801 59.0
Republican Scott Witon 8,908 41.0
55 Democratic Joseph A. Petrarca re-elected Democratic Joseph A. Petrarca 15,473 100
56 Democratic James E. Casorio re-elected Democratic James E. Casorio 14,496 62.6
Republican Joel Reiter 7,947 34.3
Go Steelers[6] Brian S. Blasko 732 3.2
57 Democratic Thomas A. Tangretti re-elected Democratic Thomas A. Tangretti 14,118 68.4
Republican Steve Schaefer 6,519 31.6
58 Democratic R. Ted Harhai re-elected Democratic R. Ted Harhai 13,911 65.6
Republican Pete McConnell 7,295 34.4
59 Republican Jess Stairs re-elected Republican Jess Stairs 20,334 100
60 Republican Jeff Pyle re-elected Republican Jeff Pyle 13,791 70.4
Democratic Ron Covone 5,803 29.6
61 Republican Kate M. Harper re-elected Republican Kate M. Harper 13,839 54.8
Democratic Ron Stoloff 11,406 45.2
62 Republican Dave Reed re-elected Republican Dave Reed 11377 62.6
Democratic Cynthia J. Spielman 6,811 37.4
63 Republican Fred McIlhattan re-elected Republican Fred McIlhattan 13,449 72.8
Democratic Christopher Shropshire 4,378 23.7
Libertarian Michael J. Robertson 380 2.1
Constitution Timothy E. Champion 271 1.5
64 Republican Scott E. Hutchinson re-elected Republican Scott E. Hutchinson 12,481 66
Democratic Gary Hutchison 6,444 34.1
65 Republican Kathy Rapp re-elected Republican Kathy L. Rapp 16,168 100
66 Republican Sam Smith re-elected Republican Sam Smith 9,290 56.0
Democratic Samy Elmasry 6,293 38.0
Constitution Janet Y. Serene 995 6.0
67 Republican Martin T. Causer re-elected Republican Martin T. Causer 12,640 100
68 Republican Matthew E. Baker re-elected Republican Matthew E. Baker 17,235 100
69 Republican Bob Bastian re-elected Republican Bob Bastian 15,664 100
70 Republican John W. Fichter retired Republican Jay R. Moyer 10,912 49.1
Democratic Netta Young Hughes 10,809 48.7
Libertarian Kat Valleley 486 2.2
71 Democratic Edward P. Wojnaroski re-elected Democratic Edward P. Wojnaroski 15,915 78.3
Republican Ronald J. Esposito 4,423 21.7
72 Democratic Tom Yewcic re-elected Democratic Tom Yewcic 16,989 74.3
Republican Scott W. Hunt 5,880 25.7
73 Democratic Gary Haluska re-elected Democratic Gary Haluska 13,596 71.0
Republican Brian Tibbott 5,555 29.0
74 Democratic Camille George re-elected Democratic Camille George 11386 63.3
Republican Richard Hansel 6,613 36.7
75 Democratic Dan A. Surra re-elected Democratic Dan A. Surra 11,775 61.3
Republican Todd Hanes 7438 38.7
76 Democratic Mike Hanna re-elected Democratic Mike Hanna 13,446 100
77 Republican Lynn Herman retired Democratic H. Scott Conklin 12,083 59.0
Republican Barbara H. Spencer 8,387 41.0
78 Republican Dick L. Hess re-elected Republican Dick L. Hess 13470 68.5
Democratic Gary Ebersole 6,188 31.5
79 Republican Richard A. Geist re-elected Republican Richard A. Geist 13,786 100
80 Republican Jerry A. Stern re-elected Republican Jerry A. Stern 18,285 100
81 Republican Larry O. Sather retired Republican Mike Fleck 11,065 64.8
Democratic Roy E. Thomas 6,014 35.2
82 Republican C. Adam Harris re-elected Republican C. Adam Harris 10,927 58.2
Democratic Teresa J. O'Neal 7,837 41.8
83 Republican Steven W. Cappelli re-elected Republican Steven W. Cappelli 10,519 59.5
Democratic Richard Mirabito 7,153 40.5
84 Republican Brett Feese retired Republican Garth D. Everett 11,585 63.4
Democratic Thomas Paternostro 6,697 36.6
85 Republican Russ Fairchild re-elected Republican Russ Fairchild 11,482 68.0
Democratic Stephen Connolley 5,404 32.0
86 Republican Mark K. Keller re-elected Republican Mark K. Keller 16,621 100
87 Republican Glen R. Grell re-elected Republican Glen R. Grell 17,400 66.3
Democratic Joseph D. Lombardi 8860 33.7
88 Republican Jerry L. Nailor re-elected Republican Jerry L. Nailor 16,776 69.1
Democratic Margaret M. Stuski 6,685 27.6
Green Christopher E. Irvin 804 3.3
89 Republican Rob Kauffman re-elected Republican Rob Kauffman 13,523 69.9
Democratic Andrew Alosi 5,822 30.1
90 Republican Patrick E. Fleagle defeated Republican Todd Rock 11,614 54.0
Democratic Patrick E. Fleagle[7] 9,895 46.0
91 Republican Stephen R. Maitland defeated in primary Republican Dan Moul 10,234 51.9
Democratic Patrick L. Naugle 8,176 41.4
Green Lynn Smallwood 1,324 6.7
92 Republican Bruce Smith retired Republican Scott Perry 16,072 70.8
Democratic Laurence Ellsperman 6,620 29.2
93 Republican Ron Miller re-elected Republican Ron Miller 19,185 100
94 Republican Stanley E. Saylor re-elected Republican Stanley E. Saylor 14,599 73.5
Democratic Maxine J. Kuntz 5268 26.5
95 Democratic Stephen H. Stetler resigned Democratic Eugene DePasquale 7,561 58.3
Republican Karen Emenheiser 5,412 41.7
96 Democratic Mike Sturla re-elected Democratic Mike Sturla 7,604 63.0
Republican Patrick Snyder 4,464 37.0
97 Republican Roy E. Baldwin defeated in primary Republican John C. Bear 15,243 61.9
Democratic Timothy L. Callahan 9,377 38.1
98 Republican David Hickernell re-elected Republican David Hickernell 15119 100
99 Republican Gordon R. Denlinger re-elected Republican Gordon Denlinger 12,114 74.4
Democratic Ginny Diilio 4168 25.6
100 Republican Gibson C. Armstrong defeated in primary Republican Bryan Cutler 12,606 100
101 Republican Mauree A. Gingrich re-elected Republican Mauree Gingrich 14,338 84.4
Green Eric R. Wolfe 2,653 15.6
102 Republican Peter J. Zug defeated in primary Republican Rosemarie Swanger 15,082 80.3
Libertarian Raymond S. Ondrusek 3,702 19.7
103 Democratic Ron Buxton re-elected Democratic Ron Buxton 9,542 72.5
Republican Anthony J. Tezak, Jr. 3,620 27.5
104 Republican Mark S. McNaughton retired Republican Susan C. Helm 12,685 56.6
Democratic Dennis E. Coffman 9,718 43.4
105 Republican Ron Marsico re-elected Republican Ron Marsico 17,865 67.7
Democratic Cheryl A. Nick 8,529 32.3
106 Republican John D. Payne re-elected Republican John D. Payne 15,972 100
107 Democratic Robert E. Belfanti re-elected Democratic Robert E. Belfanti 13,284 100
108 Republican Merle H. Phillips re-elected Republican Merle H. Phillips 13,212 74.2
Democratic Antonio D. Michetti 4,124 23.2
Green Dodie R. Lovett 465 2.6
109 Republican David R. Millard re-elected Republican David R. Millard 9,949 58.5
Democratic David D. Slavick 7,058 41.5
110 Republican Tina Pickett re-elected Republican Tina Pickett 13,891 72.7
Democratic Diane V. Ward 5,219 27.3
111 Republican Sandra J. Major re-elected Republican Sandra Major 16,013 82.6
Green Jay Sweeney 3,381 17.4
112 Democratic Fred Belardi defeated in primary Democratic Kenneth J. Smith 16,330 100
113 Democratic Gaynor Cawley retired Democratic Frank Andrews Shimkus 15,384 72.1
Republican Matthew Burke 5,951 27.9
114 Democratic Jim Wansacz re-elected Democratic Jim Wansacz 21,199 100
115 Democratic Edward G. Staback re-elected Democratic Edward G. Staback 18,757 100
116 Democratic Todd A. Eachus re-elected Democratic Todd A. Eachus 12,469 86.0
Independent Michael S. Klesh 2,037 14.0
117 Republican George C. Hasay retired Republican Karen Boback 12,724 67.3
Democratic Fred Nichols, Jr. 6,193 32.7
118 Democratic Thomas M. Tigue retired Democratic Michael B. Carroll 12,224 67.4
Republican Maureen Tatu 5,906 32.6
119 Democratic John T. Yudichak re-elected Democratic John T. Yudichak 13,713 80.4
Republican Ed Sieminski 3,336 19.6
120 Democratic Phyllis Mundy re-elected Democratic Phyllis Mundy 15,026 74.4
Republican John C. Cordora 5160 25.6
121 Democratic Kevin Blaum retired Democratic Eddie Day Pashinski 9,836 64.9
Republican Christine Katsock 5,318 35.1
122 Democratic Keith R. McCall re-elected Democratic Keith R. McCall 11,648 66.5
Republican Glenn F. Confer, Sr. 5,880 33.5
123 Democratic Neal P. Goodman re-elected Democratic Neal P. Goodman 11,946 67.7
Republican Michael C. Cadau 5,702 32.3
124 Republican David G. Argall re-elected Republican David G. Argall 13,324 62.4
Democratic Bill Mackey 8,036 37.6
125 Republican Bob Allen defeated in primary Democratic Tim Seip 10,355 53.7
Republican Gary L. Hornberger 8,923 46.3
126 Democratic Dante Santoni re-elected Democratic Dante Santoni 11,164 64.0
Republican Hal Baker 6290 36.0
127 Democratic Thomas R. Caltagirone re-elected Democratic Thomas R. Caltagirone 8,450 100
128 Republican Samuel E. Rohrer re-elected Republican Samuel E. Rohrer 13,225 54.8
Democratic Russell S. Hummel 10,889 45.2
129 Republican Sheila Miller retired Republican Jim A. Cox 11,318 53.1
Democratic William G. Evans 8,984 42.1
Libertarian Jeremy Levan 1,024 4.8
130 Republican Dennis E. Leh defeated in primary Democratic David R. Kessler 12,902 57.3
Republican Billy A. Reed 9,609 42.7
131 Republican Karen D. Beyer[8] re-elected Republican Karen D. Beyer 9,901 53.3
Democratic Linda J. Minger 8,689 46.7
132 Democratic Jennifer Mann re-elected Democratic Jennifer L. Mann 9,507 79.2
Republican Eddie Tiburcio 2,502 20.8
133 Democratic T.J. Rooney retired Democratic Joseph F. Brennan 8,482 65.5
Republican Dawn M. Berrigan 3,986 30.8
Green Guy M. Gray 472 3.6
134 Republican Douglas G. Reichley re-elected Republican Douglas G. Reichley 15,000 60.4
Democratic Christopher T. Casey 9,854 39.6
135 Democratic Steve Samuelson re-elected Democratic Steve Samuelson 14,828 100
136 Democratic Robert Freeman re-elected Democratic Robert Freeman 12,735 100
137 Democratic Richard T. Grucela re-elected Democratic Richard T. Grucela 17,385 100
138 Republican Craig A. Dally re-elected Republican Craig A. Dally 17,529 100
139 Republican Jerry Birmelin retired Republican Michael Peifer 14,069 100
140 Democratic Thomas C. Corrigan retired Democratic John Galloway 13,270 71.5
Republican Joseph V. Montone 5,296 28.5
141 Democratic Anthony J. Melio re-elected Democratic Anthony J. Melio 14,200 77.3
Republican Joseph F. Hogan III 4,172 22.7
142 Republican Matthew N. Wright defeated Democratic Chris King 12,543 52.5
Republican Matthew N. Wright 11,338 47.5
143 Republican Chuck McIlhinney ran for Senate Republican Marguerite Quinn 12,974 50.2
Democratic Larry W. Glick 11,147 43.1
Independent Tom Lingenfelter 1,716 6.6
144 Republican Katharine M. Watson re-elected Republican Katharine M. Watson 14,838 60.1
Democratic James J. Trimble 9,833 39.9
145 Republican Paul Clymer re-elected Republican Paul Clymer 13,314 60.6
Democratic John Norvaisas 7,911 36.0
Independent John Ryan 754 3.4
146 Republican Tom Quigley re-elected Republican Tom Quigley 11,193 57.7
Democratic PJ McGill 8,220 42.3
147 Republican Raymond Bunt retired Republican Bob Mensch 11,762 55.8
Democratic Roger E. Buchanan 9,330 44.2
148 Democratic Mike Gerber re-elected Democratic Mike Gerber 18,828 67.5
Republican Tom Gale 9,071 32.5
149 Democratic Daylin Leach re-elected Democratic Daylin Leach 16,582 67.0
Republican Monica A. Treichel 8,175 33.0
150 Republican Jacqueline R. Crahalla retired Republican Mike Vereb 11,073 52.2
Democratic Olivia Brady 10,127 47.8
151 Republican Eugene F. McGill defeated Democratic Rick Taylor 12,837 54.6
Republican Eugene F. McGill 10,688 45.4
152 Republican Susan E. Cornell defeated in primary Republican Tom Murt 12,553 53.6
Democratic Michael J. Paston 10,861 46.4
153 Democratic Josh Shapiro re-elected Democratic Josh Shapiro 19,712 76.0
Republican Lou Guerra, Jr. 6,226 24.0
154 Democratic Lawrence H. Curry re-elected Democratic Lawrence H. Curry 21,068 78.1
Republican Bruce G. Anderson 5,919 21.9
155 Republican Curt Schroder re-elected Republican Curt Schroder 17,708 100
156 Republican Elinor Z. Taylor retired Democratic Barbara McIlvaine Smith 11,616 50.1
Republican Shannon E. Royer 11,588 49.9
157 Republican Carole A. Rubley re-elected Republican Carole A. Rubley 14,977 58.2
Democratic Richard J. Ciamacca 9,896 38.4
Libertarian James Babb 872 3.4
158 Republican L. Chris Ross re-elected Republican L. Chris Ross 15,066 64.3
Democratic Mario J. Calvarese 8,351 35.7
159 Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland re-elected Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 8,490 67.8
Republican Baltazar E. Rubio 4,034 32.2
160 Republican Stephen E. Barrar re-elected Republican Stephen E. Barrar 17,239 63.8
Democratic Shawn C. Diggory 9,789 36.2
161 Republican Tom Gannon defeated Democratic Bryan Lentz 14,345 51.5
Republican Tom Gannon 13,525 48.5
162 Republican Ron Raymond re-elected Republican Ron Raymond 12,539 61.9
Democratic Marilyn Woodman 7,720 38.1
163 Republican Nicholas A. Micozzie re-elected Republican Nicholas A. Micozzie 12,905 57.2
Democratic Marie Deyoung 9,656 42.8
164 Republican Mario J. Civera re-elected Republican Mario J. Civera 10,646 57.1
Democratic Casey R. Roncaglione 7,988 42.9
165 Republican William F. Adolph re-elected Republican William F. Adolph 14,896 58.7
Democratic Larry Healy 9,781 38.5
166 Democratic Greg Vitali re-elected Democratic Greg Vitali 18,626 66.8
Republican John P. Williamson 9,238 33.2
167 Republican Bob Flick retired Republican Duane Milne 13,556 50.3
Democratic Anne R. Crowley 13,412 49.7
168 Republican Thomas H. Killion re-elected Republican Thomas H. Killion 16,163 58.7
Democratic Fred Dewey 11,373 41.3
169 Republican Dennis M. O'Brien re-elected Republican Dennis M. O'Brien 12,997 100
170 Republican George T. Kenney re-elected Republican George T. Kenney 10,924 54.1
Democratic Brendan F. Boyle 9,261 45.9
171 Republican Kerry A. Benninghoff re-elected Republican Kerry A. Benninghoff 14,656 100
172 Republican John M. Perzel re-elected Republican John M. Perzel 14,594 68.4
Democratic Tim Kearney 6,406 31.6
173 Democratic Michael Patrick McGeehan re-elected Democratic Michael Patrick McGeehan 11,338 75.8
Republican Reynolds Baldwin 3,619 24.2
174 Democratic John P. Sabatina[9] re-elected Democratic John P. Sabatina 12,736 93.3
Green Traci Confer 914 6.7
175 Democratic Marie Lederer retired Democratic Michael H. O'Brien 13,983 84.1
Republican Patricia Dempsey 2,648 15.9
176 Republican Mario M. Scavello re-elected Republican Mario M. Scavello 8,891 61.8
Democratic Bernard F. Kennedy 5,506 38.2
177 Republican John J. Taylor re-elected Republican John J. Taylor 10,269 66.3
Democratic Harry L. Enggasser 5,222 33.7
178 Republican Scott Petri re-elected Republican Scott Petri 15,415 59.4
Democratic Marion E. Leszczynski 10,523 40.6
179 Democratic William W. Rieger retired Democratic Tony J. Payton 9,344 88.3
Republican Troy L. Bouie 1,234 11.7
180 Democratic Angel L. Cruz re-elected Democratic Angel Cruz 8,846 91.9
Republican Charles B. Reynolds 776 8.1
181 Democratic W. Curtis Thomas re-elected Democratic W. Curtis Thomas 13,435 100
182 Democratic Babette Josephs re-elected Democratic Babette Josephs 17,239 82.1
Republican A. Lindsay Doering 3,767 17.9
183 Republican Julie Harhart re-elected Republican Julie Harhart 12,126 61.4
Democratic Russ Shade 7,131 36.1
184 Democratic William F. Keller re-elected Democratic William F. Keller 13,674 84.4
Republican Robert A. Mannino 2,530 15.6
185 Democratic Robert C. Donatucci re-elected Democratic Robert C. Donatucci 12,520 83.5
Republican Gregory Gentile 2,468 16.5
186 Democratic Harold James re-elected Democratic Harold James 14,214 100
187 Republican Paul W. Semmel defeated in primary Republican Carl W. Mantz 10,217 50.7
Democratic Archie Follweiler, Jr. 9,937 49.3
188 Democratic James R. Roebuck re-elected Democratic James R. Roebuck 12,047 86.1
Green Mike Rosenberg 1,953 14.0
189 Democratic John Siptroth[10] re-elected Democratic John Siptroth 8,494 54.3
Republican Donna M. Asure 7,159 45.7
190 Democratic Thomas W. Blackwell IV re-elected Democratic Thomas W. Blackwell 15,446 97.5
Republican Westley D. Ames 397 2.5
191 Democratic Ronald G. Waters re-elected Democratic Ronald G. Waters 14,405 100
192 Democratic Louise Bishop re-elected Democratic Louise Bishop 16,882 100
193 Republican Steven R. Nickol re-elected Republican Steven R. Nickol 12,623 67.3
Democratic Bill Panebaker 5,428 28.9
Green Thomas J. Marti 702 3.7
194 Democratic Kathy Manderino re-elected Democratic Kathy Manderino 16,043 80.8
Republican Thomas Christopher Rolland 3,812 19.2
195 Democratic Frank Oliver re-elected Democratic Frank L. Oliver 16,149 100
196 Republican Beverly Mackereth re-elected Republican Beverly Mackereth 15,415 73.2
Democratic William J. Hansman 5,637 26.8
197 Democratic Jewell Williams re-elected Democratic Jewell Williams 15,287 100
198 Democratic Rosita Youngblood re-elected Democratic Rosita Youngblood 15,895 96.3
Socialist Workers John Staggs 618 3.7
199 Republican Will Gabig re-elected Republican Will Gabig 11,076 56.1
Democratic Bill Cobb 8,017 40.6
200 Democratic Cherelle Parker[11] re-elected Democratic Cherelle Parker 21,244 100
201 Democratic John Myers re-elected Democratic John Myers 16,083 97.0
Republican Joseph L. Messa 502 3.0
202 Democratic Mark B. Cohen re-elected Democratic Mark B. Cohen 13,315 100
203 Democratic Dwight E. Evans re-elected Democratic Dwight E. Evans 15,853 100

See also


  1. ^ "2006 General Election". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ "2006 General Primary". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ "House of Representatives". Organization of the 191st Regular Session of the House of Representatives. Legislative Data Processing Center. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^
  5. ^ Elected in special election on April 11, 2006 to fill the remainder of Jeff Habay's term.
  6. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State. "List of minor party candidates and political body candidates who filed nomination papers" (PDF). 
  7. ^ Lost GOP primary to Todd Rock, but won Democratic nomination as a write-in.
  8. ^ Elected in a special election Archived 2008-11-28 at the Wayback Machine. on July 19, 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Pat Browne, who was elected to the Senate.
  9. ^ Elected in a special election on March 14, 2006 to fill the unexpired term of Alan Butkovitz, who was elected Philadelphia City Controller. .
  10. ^ Elected in a special election Archived 2008-11-28 at the Wayback Machine. on February 8, 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Kelly Lewis, who was named President of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania.
  11. ^ Elected in a special election on September 13, 2005 to fill the unexpired term of LeAnna Washington, who was elected Archived 2008-11-28 at the Wayback Machine. to the Senate.
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