GOP’s Fred Keller wins Pennsylvania’s special U.S. House election |

GOP’s Fred Keller wins Pennsylvania’s special U.S. House election

Associated Press
Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder, right, speaks as President Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder, right, meets with President Trump during a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa., Monday, May 20, 2019.
President Trump is accompanied by Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder, arrive at a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa., Monday, May 20, 2019.

HARRISBURG — Republican Fred Keller, a conservative state lawmaker, won the special election for Congress on Tuesday in a heavily Republican district that sprawls across areas of central and northern Pennsylvania that are a stronghold for President Trump.

Keller, of Snyder County, will replace Republican Tom Marino, who resigned in January after he emerged as strong Trump ally in Congress.

Keller beat Democrat Marc Friedenberg in the 12th District, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 100,000.

On Monday night, Trump flew into the district for a campaign rally where he also touted Keller’s candidacy.

Keller, in turn, is a staunch advocate for Trump, appearing on stage with him at the rally in Montoursville and saying he wants to go to Congress to be a vote for the president.

The two-year term runs through 2020.

Keller, 53, is a fifth-term member of the state House, and one of its most conservative, with a 90% lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union.

The district covers all or parts of 15 counties and strongly backed Trump in 2016’s election, with Trump beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 2-to-1 there.

Before he ran for the Legislature, Keller was a plant manager for a wood cabinet supplier and ran a real estate management business.

Friedenberg, a lawyer and Penn State information technology instructor, also ran in November and lost to Marino by 32 percentage points.

Friedenberg supported ideas that are popular on the Democratic Party’s left wing, including “Medicare for All” — shifting the nation’s health care system to a government-run “single-payer” plan — and the Green New Deal, a sweeping plan that aims to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

Categories: News | Pennsylvania | Top Stories
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.