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Michael G. Fitzpatrick
Birthdate: June 28, 1963
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Residence: Levittown, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Elected: 2010
District: District 8
Undergraduate: St. Thomas University
Graduate: Dickinson College
Mike Fitzpatrick was born in Philadelphia and now resides in Levittown, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1985 from St. Thomas University in Miami, and a law degree in 1998 from Dickinson College.
Fitzpatrick is a practicing attorney and served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners from 1995 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. House in 2004 and served one term before being ousted by Democrat Patrick Murphy. Fitzpatrick then ousted Murphy for the seat in 2010.
Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 and underwent radiation and chemotherapy. Later that year, he said the disease was in remission.
He and his wife, Kathleen, have six children.
Republicans tapped Mike Fitzpatrick in 2004 as their candidate for Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District after six-term Republican Rep. Jim Greenwood unexpectedly retired.
He lost his 2006 re-election bid to Iraq War veteran Patrick J. Murphy, by about 1,500 votes out of a quarter million cast. Murphy served two terms before Fitzpatrick took the seat back in 2010. In 2012, he faces Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar. The district covers Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia.
When Fitzpatrick returned to Washington, D.C., in January 2011, he caused an immediate kerfuffle when he missed his swearing in while attending a reception that some considered an illegal fundraiser. Votes he later cast were nullified until he and a colleague were sworn in separately.
Fitzpatrick calls himself a fiscal conservative who wants to overturn the 2010 health care reform law, tackle the national debt and offer free-market fixes to job creation and health care reform. He also supports gun rights.
During the 2010 primary, he pledged to serve only three terms if elected.
By mid-July 2012, campaign finance reports showed he had more than $1 million on hand for the race to the November general election.
Fitzpatrick has called the 2010 health care reform law a "misguided policy" and "the largest tax increase on middle income families in American history." Liberals, he said, are out to defeat him because of that stance.
"I oppose universal healthcare and will do everything I can to stop it. You have my promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act while fighting to keep the provisions we know are good policy," he said in a statement when the Supreme Court upheld the plan in June 2012.
As for the debt problem, Fitzpatrick said he takes his call for fiscal discipline seriously, and therefore returned $160,000 of his office's nearly $1.4 million budget to the U.S. Treasury. Used furniture, refurbished electronic devices and telephonic town halls helped him achieve the savings, he said.
Fitzpatrick has supported development of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural-gas deposit, funding to protect endangered species and a balanced budget amendment.
In his first term, Fitzpatrick served in the House as co-chair on High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus, and pushed to make Amtrak more viable. As a county commissioner he advocated for land conservation, and in Congress he introduced legislation that would preserve more open space.
Source: Associated Press
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