Paul Kanjorski

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Paul E. Kanjorski has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district, since 1985. The district includes Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and most of the Poconos.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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

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

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Heart bypass surgery

On March 19, 2007, Kanjorski underwent heart bypass surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His office announced that the surgery was to operate on three blood vessels surrounding his heart, and not caused by a heart attack.


Kanjorski was born April 7, 1937 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Temple University and the Dickinson School of Law. He also served in the United States Army. Before his election to Congress, Kanjorski was a trial attorney in Northeastern Pennsylvania. During that time, he served as a worker's compensation administrative law judge and served as solicitor to several communities.

Congressional career

Kanjorski ran four times for Congress in the early 1980s. On the fourth try, in 1984, he was finally elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kanjorkski has had a mixed voting record - liberal on economics and moderate on social issues. Kanjorski usually plays behind-the-scenes roles in the advocacy or defeat of legislation and steers appropriations money toward improving the infrastructure and economic needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Joseph F. Leonardi to face Kanjorski in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Kanjorski retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

  • House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology
  • House Committee on Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census
    • Subcommittee on Government Management Finance and Accountability

More Background Data


DC office
  • 2333 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3415 Fax: 202-225-3286
    Webform email
District offices
  • 102 Pocono Boulevard, Mount Pocono, PA 18344-1412
    Ph: 570-895-4176 Fax: (none entered)
  • 546 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503
    Ph: 570-496-1011 Fax: (none entered)
  • The Stegmaier Building, 7 North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, Suite 400 M, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-5283
    Ph: 570-825-2200 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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  • Pennsylvanians For Kanjorski, 126 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
    Ph: 570-825-6070 Fax: (none entered)

Campaign Contact Information

Official Kanjorski for Congress Web site

Pennsylvanians For Kanjorski
126 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Telephone: (570) 825-6070

Articles and Resources

Science policy tracking by Nirav Patel, SEA (Climate Policy) Intern

“Water Resources”
Kanjorski has helped get projects on their way in regard to flooding and coal mining areas. He has lead projects to reduce flooding in Wyoming, and has gotten funding for mine area cleaning in Pennsylvania.

“League of Conservation Voters Gives Pennsylvania Democrat 92% for His 2008 Votes” 10/31/08
In 2008, the League of Conservation Voters gave Kanjorski high marks for how he voted on environmental issues in that year. This League is highly known and respected in the country and it was a great honor for him. Also, in that year he voted pro environment ninety-two percent of the time.

“Pocono Record Editorial: House correct to pass clean energy bill” 6/30/09
Last year, Kanjorski help the American Clean Energy and Security Act to get passed in congress. It just got enough votes to get activated. This was a huge move because for the first time is considers reducing carbon emission by a certain percentage. Kanjorski said in a statement, "but ... refusing to act was not an option. We need to begin the process of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, creating clean energy jobs in America, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil."




“Kanjorski Requests Confirmation from Sebelius and Ario that Health Care Law Will Not Cover Abortions” 7/14/2010
Kanjorski sent letters to the department of Health and Human Services to make sure that Affordable Care Act is confirmed. This is a reform law that doesn’t allow the government to fund abortion. Kanjorski is not a supporter of abortion in his district.

Research and Development (R&D):
“Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations and Project Requests”
(Research and Development) Kanjorski recently asked for funding for a number of research projects. He ask for funding for NASA research, cyber crime research, judicial system research/improvements, and research that will keep the U.S. leading in science and military research.

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