Joseph Pitts

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Joseph Pitts ()
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Joseph R. "Joe" Pitts has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, representing the state's 16th Congressional district, since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Pitts voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Pitts was born October 10, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Asbury College. Pitts served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as a teacher for a short time. Pitts was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972.

Congressional career

Pitts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Pitts hasn't had serious electoral competition and he announced that he's abandoning his pledge to serve only five terms in the House of Representatives.

Positions and Views

Pitts has a conservative voting record, receiving 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union in 2005 and the Christian Coalition in 2004. [1]

Pitts visited Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban and Pakistan in 2002. Pitts was angered after a federal judge ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Chester County courthouse, releasing a press statement that said, "I think that religion and the Ten Commandments in particular should have a role in our public life" and supported The Ten Commandments Defense Act (H.R. 2045).[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Lois K. Herr to face Pitts in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Pitts retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 16,500
Exelon Corp$ 10,250
Krapf Bus Companies$ 10,200
American Academy of Dermatology Assn$ 10,000
American Assn of Neurological Surgeons$ 10,000
American College of Cardiology$ 10,000
American Health Care Assn$ 10,000
American Kidney Stone Management$ 10,000
American Optometric Assn$ 10,000
American Physical Therapy Assn$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Joseph Pitts
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • House Republican Policy Committee, 1981-present
  • Select Committee, Investigate SEPTA, 1979-1980
  • Air Force Caucus
  • Alzheimer's Caucus
  • Chair, Central Asia Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on the Western Sahara
  • Chair, Electronic Warfare Working Group
  • Chair, Fatherhood Promotion Task Force
  • Helsinki Commission
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • Member, International Committee
  • Pro-Life Caucus
  • Chair, Religious Prisoners Congressional Task Force
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Co-Chair, Silk Road Caucus
  • Steel Caucus
  • Values Action Team
  • Chair, Wilberforce Group

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Joseph Pitts. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 420 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2411 Fax: 202-225-2013
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District offices
  • Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
    Ph: 717-393-0667 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 837, Unionville, PA 19375
    Ph: 610-444-4581 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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