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2019 Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election

A special election will be held on May 21, 2019, to fill the remainder of the term for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for the 116th United States Congress. Tom Marino, a Republican, resigned from office effective January 23.

2019 Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election

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Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district
Nominee Fred Keller Marc Friedenberg
Party Republican Democratic

U.S. Representative before election

Tom Marino

Elected U.S. Representative




As a result of the 2018 elections, Pennsylvania's House delegation to the 116th U.S. Congress took office in early January 2019 with a tie of 9 Republicans and 9 Democrats.[1]

Republican Tom Marino, the incumbent representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, announced his resignation effective January 23, 2019. By state law, Governor Tom Wolf was required to call for a special election at least 60 days after the seat became vacant.[2] Wolf set the election for May 21.[3] Primary elections were not held in the race. Instead, nominees were chosen by each party.[4] Republicans selected their nominee on March 2.[5]

Republican conferee meetingEdit



Defeated at the conventionEdit


  • Christopher Bain[5]
  • James Canning, businessman and constable[5]
  • Gerald Carlin, businessman[5]
  • Brian Fuller, activist[5]
  • Bobby Jeffries[5]
  • Dale McElhattan[5]
  • Chuck Risio[5]
  • Matthew Timm[5]
  • Jeff Wheeland, state representative[11]
  • Matthew Zeigler, lawyer[5]

Declined to runEdit

Democratic selectionEdit

According to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Marc Friedenberg, the Democratic nominee for the district in 2018, was the only individual who submitted an application to be the nominee. Therefore, the convention was cancelled, and the party declared Friedenberg the nominee on February 12.[19]

General electionEdit


Fred Keller (R)
Federal politicians
Marc Friedenberg (D)
Federal politicians


Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election, 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller
Democratic Marc Friedenberg
Total votes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Levy, Marc (November 6, 2018). "Democrats, 4 of them women, win House seats in Pennsylvania". Associated Press. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Oprysko, Caitlin; Motellaro, Zach (January 17, 2019). "Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tom Marino to retire this month". Politico. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Tom Wolf [@GovernorTomWolf] (January 24, 2019). "Having heard the concerns of county officials, I am scheduling the special election to fill the remainder of Congressman Marino's term on May 21, 2019 to coincide with the primary election" (Tweet). Retrieved January 24, 2019 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Paez, Sarah. "Congressman Tom Marino resigns, leaving vacancy in Pa.'s 12th district | Centre Daily Times". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Krawczeniuk, Borys (February 19, 2019). "Dozens eyeing Marino's vacant U.S. House seat". The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e Krawczeniuk, Borys (January 25, 2019). "List grows for those seeking Marino seat". Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Levy, Marc (March 2, 2019). "GOP state lawmaker becomes favorite in House race to succeed Marino". Center Daily Times. Associated Press. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Former Commissioner Malcolm Derk is running for US Congress". WKOK. February 17, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Cole, John (February 12, 2019). "PA12: Stacy Garrity Announces Bid for GOP Primary". PoliticsPA. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Dandes, Rick. "Candidates step forward to replace Marino in U.S. Congress | Election 2019". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Candidates line up to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Marino". Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Election season is fast approaching. Who's running to represent Centre County?". centredaily. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Dandes, Rick. "Candidates step forward to replace Marino in U.S. Congress | Election 2019". Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Barletta, Lou [@louforsenate] (February 1, 2019). "I am humbled by the number of you who have reached out to me. However, at this time, I am enjoying spending time with my family and preparing for the next chapter of my career. I look forward to helping elect the GOP candidate chosen by the conferees.(2/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Marino Resignation Expected to Spark GOP Candidate Rush". National Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c, Rick Dandes rdandes@dailyitem com and Francis Scarcella. "Furious scramble to find replacement candidates in 12th District expected". The Daily Item. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  17. ^ Gizzi, John (January 20, 2019). "Just What GOP Doesn't Need, Another Special Election in Pa". Newsmax. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  18. ^ TaylorLightman (January 17, 2019). "Repub on the shortlist to replace Marino in #PA12: @senatorscavello @DougMclinko Rep. Fred Keller". @taylormlightman. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "Pennsylvania Democratic Party Announces Candidate For Special Election In The 12th Congressional District - Pennsylvania Democratic PartyPennsylvania Democratic Party". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  20. ^ a b Danneker, Derek (March 2, 2019). "Keller lands GOP nomination". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  21. ^ Guy Reschenthaler on twitter.
  22. ^ "Endorsements". Marc Friedenberg For Congress. March 27, 2019.

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