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Thomas Anthony Marino (born August 13, 1952) is an American politician and attorney. He is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives—currently for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, and four terms previously for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Earlier in his career, Marino was the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Tom Marino
Tom Marino Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byChris Carney
Constituency10th (2011–2019)
12th (2019–present)
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
In office
2002–2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDavid Barasch
Succeeded byMartin Carlson
District Attorney of Lycoming County
In office
1992–2002
Preceded byBrett Feese
Succeeded byMichael Dinges
Personal details
Born
Thomas Anthony Marino

(1952-08-13) August 13, 1952 (age 66)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Edie Marino
Children2
EducationPennsylvania College of Technology
Lycoming College (BA)
Dickinson School of Law (JD)

On September 1, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Marino to be Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the "drug czar".[1] He withdrew on October 17, 2017, following reports that he had been the chief architect behind a bill that protected pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and crippled the DEA's ability to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic.[2] On January 17, 2019, Marino announced that he would be resigning from Congress to work in the private sector effective January 23, 2019.[3]

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Early life and educationEdit

Marino was born on August 13, 1952[4] and raised in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.[5] After graduating from high school, Marino went to work in the factories of central Pennsylvania. At age 30, Marino enrolled in the former Williamsport Area Community College (now Pennsylvania College of Technology). Marino would then transfer to Lycoming College, where he graduated magna cum laude, before completing his J.D. degree at Dickinson School of Law.[6]

Law careerEdit

After beginning his legal career in private practice, Marino served as a Lycoming County District Attorney from 1992 to 2002. In 2002, Marino was appointed the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Marino led the prosecution of executives of Rite Aid for criminal fraud. The company's former president pleaded guilty to conspiring to inflate income by $1.6 billion and conspiring to obstruct justice.[1]

In 2007, Marino resigned from his role as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In 2007, the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Peter Smith, confirmed that neither Marino, nor his office, were ever under review or investigation.[7]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

DistrictEdit

Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district, located in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, includes Bradford County, Juniata County, Lycoming County, Mifflin County, Pike County, Snyder County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Union County, Wayne County, and portions of Perry County, Tioga County, Lackawanna County, Monroe County, and Northumberland County.

ElectionsEdit

2010

In 2010, Marino decided to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Chris Carney of Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. He won the three-candidate Republican primary with 41% of the vote, defeating Dave Madeira (31%) and Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk (28%).[8] On November 2, 2010, Marino defeated Carney 55-45%.

2010 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino 109,603 55
Democratic Chris Carney (incumbent) 89,170 45
2012

In 2012, Marino won re-election to a second term, defeating Democratic nominee Philip Scollo 66%–34%.[9]

2012 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino (incumbent) 179,563 65.6
Democratic Phil Scollo 94,227 34.4
2014

In 2014, Marino faced off against Independent Nick Troiano and Democrat Scott Brion. Marino garnered 62% of the vote with Troiano received 13% and Brion received 25%.[10]

2014 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Marino (incumbent) 112,851 62.6
Democratic Scott Brion 44,737 24.8
Nick Troiano 22,734 12.6

TenureEdit

Marino ranked third among Pennsylvania's congressional delegation in Americans for Prosperity's 2012 scorecard (70%) and fifth in the Club for Growth's 2012 scorecard (63%).[11]

CommitteesEdit

Marino is a member of the House Baltic Caucus.[12]

ResignationEdit

After being elected on November 6, 2018 to a fifth term to the Pennsylvania 12th Congressional district, Marino announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives on January 17, 2019. Marino's resignation is effective January 23, 2019. After Pennsylvania's congressional districts were redrawn in 2018, he won re-election with 66% of his district's votes, defeating Democrat Marc Friedenberg.[13] Marino described his decision to resign as follows: "Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation."[14] Marino's resignation requires a special election by Gov. Tom Wolf, who must issue a writ of election within 10 days of Marino's resignation becoming effective on January 23, 2019. Per Pennsylvania law, a special election must then occur no fewer than 60 days following the gubernatorial proclamation being made.

Political positionsEdit

Marino supports the death penalty. He believes that the mentally ill and criminals should not be able to obtain guns.[15]

In July 2013, Marino voted against Justin Amash's amendment #413 to H.R. 2397 "To end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act and bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215."[16]

In 2011, Marino became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261, also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.[17]

PharmaceuticalsEdit

In October 2017, The Washington Post and 60 Minutes reported that Marino was the chief advocate of a 2016 bill that hobbled the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat the opioid epidemic.[18] Marino introduced the bill, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, in 2014 and again in 2015; it failed both times. The 2014 version was opposed by the DEA and the Justice Department, but the 2015 version was sold as an attempt to "work with the pharmaceutical companies" and was subject to heavy lobbying. A similar version introduced in the Senate by Orrin Hatch passed both houses of Congress by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 19, 2016.[19] The legislation aimed to weaken the DEA's authority to take enforcement action against drug distributors who supplied unscrupulous physician and pharmacists with opioids for diversion to the black market.[18] Previously, the DEA had fined individuals who profited on suspicious sales of painkillers and repeatedly ignored warnings that the painkillers were sold illegally.[18] The new legislation would have made it "virtually impossible" for the DEA to stop these sales, according to internal agency documents, Justice Department documents, and the DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney II.[18] Marino, whose district was heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, declined to comment on the reports.[18]

The drug industry spent at least $106 million lobbying Congress on the legislation between 2014 and 2016.[18] McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health spent $13 million lobbying in support of the bill.[20] When Joseph Rannazzisi, the chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control, strongly criticized the bill, Marino and his cosponsor Marsha Blackburn demanded that the drug diversion enforcer be investigated by the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.[20] Nothing came of the investigation but Rannazzisi was removed from his position in August and retired in October 2015.[20][21][22]

Office of National Drug Control PolicyEdit

In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Marino to serve as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy ("drug czar").[18][1] In October, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on Trump to withdraw Marino's nomination.[23] Trump said he would "look into" reports about Marino, putting his nomination in question.[24] On October 17, 2017, Marino withdrew his nomination.[2]

2016 Presidential Transition Team Executive CommitteeEdit

In 2016, Marino was a announced as a member of then President-Elect Donald Trump's presidential transition team. The transition team was a group of around 100 aides, policy experts, government affairs officials, and former government officials who were tasked with vetting, interviewing, and recommending individuals for top cabinet and staff roles in Trump's administration.[25] According to Fox News, he was part of the team's executive committee.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Marino resides outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Edie, and his two children.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Straehley, Steve; Wallechinsky, David (September 19, 2017). "Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Who Is Tom Marino?". AllGov. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Chappell, Bill (October 17, 2017). "Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report". NPR. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ C-SPAN January 17, 2019 12:37 p.m.
  4. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). CQ Roll Call. November 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Marino wants less government, lower taxes". The Daily Item. October 12, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "MARINO, Thomas A., (1952 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Scarcella, Francis. "Marino calls accusations 'lies'". Sunbury Daily Item. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "PA – District 10 – R Primary Race – May 18, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "PA – District 10 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "2014 Pennsylvania House Election Results". Politico. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Bradford Commissioner Might Primary Marino". PoliticsPA. March 5, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Unofficial Candidate Listing". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Cioffi, Chris; Tully-McManus, Katherine; Cioffi, Chris; Tully-McManus, Katherine (2019-01-17). "Two weeks after being sworn in, Tom Marino announces resignation from Congress". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  15. ^ Brady, Chris (March 26, 2013). "Marino: Keep guns away from mentally ill, felons". standard-journal.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  16. ^ "H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397: Amendment sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot..." GovTrack.us. July 24, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  17. ^ Bill H.R.3261
  18. ^ a b c d e f g "How Congress allied with drug company lobbyists to derail the DEA's war on opioids". Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  19. ^ Higham, Scott (October 15, 2017). "The drug industry's triumph over the DEA". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c Lenny Bernstein; Scott Higham (October 22, 2016). "Investigation: The DEA slowed enforcement while the opioid epidemic grew out of control". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "Meet 60 Minutes, Washington Post DEA Whistleblower". CBS News. October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  22. ^ "Too many pills". Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. October 21, 2017.
  23. ^ "Senator: Trump should withdraw Marino nomination". Citizen's Voice. October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  24. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (October 16, 2017). "Trump promises to 'look into' report on drug czar nominee Marino in wake of Post-'60 Minutes' probe". Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "Tom Marino". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  26. ^ "Who's who in the new Trump transition team line-up". Fox News. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  27. ^ "Marino for US Congress". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010.

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