Pitts Will Not Seek Re-Election

By on November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA) announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2016.

A leading defender of human rights, Rep. Pitts has represented the Sixteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania since 1997. He served on the Budget Committee from 1997-2000, when the federal budget was balanced for the first time since 1969. A former Electronic Warfare Officer in the Air Force, Pitts founded the bipartisan Congressional Electronic Warfare Working Group. At the request of Speaker Gingrich, Pitts founded and chaired the Values Action Team for 18 years of his service in Congress.

In 2011, Pitts was named Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. As Chairman, he oversaw the most productive Subcommittee in Congress during a time of gridlock and partisanship. Just this week, the Subcommittee passed comprehensive mental health reform.

In 2013, Speaker Boehner named Pitts to co-Chair the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Co-Chairman Pitts has conducted hearings on the plight of minority groups in Egypt, the victims of ISIL, and the use of forced labor by the North Korean regime.

Pitts authored federal laws to protect the White Clay Creek area, and to reform the Food and Drug Administration. He is also the Chairman of jurisdiction over the landmark 21st Century Cures Act, and recent Congressional reforms ending the annual “Doc Fix” and saving taxpayers $3 trillion.

Pitts also led Congressional efforts to reform federal agricultural subsidies, particularly to sugar growers. Many expect that this issue will grow in prominence in the near future.

Pitts intends to continue his work for human rights around the world.

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