Who’s who in the 2018 midterm elections: U.S. Senate

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 5:51 PM

Bob Casey, Democrat

Pennsylvania is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat. Casey has represented Pennsylvania since 2006. The son of former state governor Bob Casey, Casey Jr. has been involved in state government for nearly three decades. 

Among his accomplishments in his 12 years of work as state senator are: “financing laws to make it easier for small businesses to expand, protecting and expanding health care, and fighting for American workers.” Educated at the College of the Holy Cross, and earning his law degree from the Columbus School of Law, Casey is running on the platform of “Getting things done for Pennsylvanians.” 

The senator has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.                                                                     

Lou Barletta, Republican 

Lou Barletta, current Pennsylvania district 11 state representative and Republican, is bidding for the state senate seat. 

Barletta is best known for an anti-immigration ordinance that fined landlords up to $1,000 for leasing to illegal immigrants as mayor of Hazelton, Pennsylvania. The ordinance was later found to be unconstitutional. 

Barletta is a staunch Trump supporter, pledging to give Trump “all the support he needs” when he is elected senator.  Barletta’s main campaign platforms are tax relief for working families and support of what his campaign calls good-paying family-sustaining jobs. 

Barletta has a track record of supporting bills that aim to help smaller communities.

Shayma Musa can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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