- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state senator from central Pennsylvania says he is running for Congress.

Sen. Lloyd Smucker said Monday that he will seek the 16th Congressional District seat held by fellow Republican Rep. Joe Pitts in next year’s election.

Pitts is chairman of a key health panel on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He’s planning to retire at the end of his 10th term in January 2017. American Conservative Union rates Pitts as Pennsylvania’s most conservative member of Congress.

Smucker has served in the Legislature since 2009 and is chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

The Lancaster County resident says he’d be an “effective problem solver” who will work to build a consensus on issues that concern his constituents.



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