SD-37: Devlin Robinson Announces Bid for State Senate Seat

The race to replace Reschenthaler is on.

Devlin Robinson, a South Hills businessman and Marine Corps veteran, has announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the open state Senate seat in Pennsylvania’s 37th District.

This seat will be vacated by Congressman-elect Guy Reschenthaler, who cruised to a victory over Democrat Bibiana Boerio for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District earlier this month.

“Both my military and business backgrounds have taught me to be a problem-solver, someone who understands that building our region’s economy is the only practical and meaningful way to create sustainable growth,” Robinson said in a press release.

Robinson is at least the second Republican to announce his plans to replace Reschenthaler. A WESA article released last week reports that Raja, Republican Committee Chair of Allegheny County, first declared his plans to fill the seat back in May, almost a half of a year before it was certain the seat would definitively become available.

“As Guy prepares his campaign to win in November, I believe it is also important to lay the groundwork in anticipation of Guy winning,” Raja said according to WESA.

Raja was the Republican candidate for this seat in 2012, but lost to (at the time) Democratic state Rep. Matt Smith in a close race.

Reschenthaler held this seat after winning a special election in 2015 to replace the seat vacated by Smith, who resigned to take over as the President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

Robinson believes his military background sets him apart from other potential candidates and something the people of his district search for in their elected officials.

“We recaptured this seat three years ago with a veteran who was a fresh face on the political scene,” Robinson said in the press release. “I think that formula is essential if the GOP is going to hold on to the 37th District.”

Reschenthaler served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corp, volunteering in Iraq.  

Robinson served three combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reschenthaler has yet to officially resign from the state Senate seat, but is expected to do so shortly before he is sworn into Congress in early January, according to WESA. After he resigns, the lieutenant governor selects the date for the special election. The date selected for the special election must happen within 10 days of Reschenthaler’s resignation and the actual election must be at least 60 days in the future.

Republicans have conferences picked by leaders in local and county party committees to select their nominee, WESA reports.

WESA also reports, “Ordinarily, Raja would pick some of those conferees, but as a candidate himself, “I’m not engaged at all in that,” he said. “I’ve delegated selecting any of the at-large folks to Dave Majernik, the vice-chair. I’ll be just like one of the candidates.””

November 28th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 29 Comments

29 thoughts on “SD-37: Devlin Robinson Announces Bid for State Senate Seat”

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  2. Allegheny Politico says:

    Devlin is young and inexperienced. His only real camapign experience is “running” an unopposed Tim Murphy reelection.

  3. Cleo says:

    Keep on topic. Maher and Jack Black are both working high priced jobs in Europe and won’t run. Raja has a big job and won’t run. Delvin is the only one who is young, bright, courageous and hungry for a job. Go Devlin!

    1. SleepyBobCasey says:

      Raja was the first one to announce. He has the experience that is needed in Harrisburg.

      1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

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    2. Ol' Swampy says:

      Raja is definitely going to run

    3. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      I hope Delvin/Devlin is brighter and more consistent than you.

  4. Tony2tap says:

    He’s backed by Tim Murphy. We don’t need the guy who gave us Conor Lamb calling the shots in the background.

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  6. Mary says:

    Devlin Robinson is with Cold Spark Media…the others don’t stand a chance. Get on the bandwagon now.

    1. Angry Garbageman says:

      Isn’t Cold Spark the group that just lost the same race twice in North Hills???

  7. Virginia says:

    Young, bright and brave! Devlin Robinson is who we need!

  8. Jack Black says:

    John Maher all the way.

  9. Jeremy Smith says:

    I didn’t see any mention of it, but isn’t this the guy who was a long time staffer for Congressman Tim Murphy? I would think he would hit that hard for a GOP selection process out in Pittsburgh.

  10. Janet says:

    Devlin Robinson: someone with guts and brains! It’s about time!

  11. Bono says:

    Raja loses again, probably to Dan Miller.

  12. Allknowing says:

    Is Raja even qualified? He’s not a veteran.

    1. Alex says:

      Was your boy Trump a vet???

    2. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      Since when is being a veteran a necessary qualification for public office?

  13. Jim McCormick says:

    This guy has no chance. Raja all the way!!

    1. Jake says:

      When a morning radio show laughs at your election loses, might be time to hang it up.

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