Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) is rumored to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate next year. Barletta was an early supporter of then candidate Donald Trump, being one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump.
According to the Associated Press, Trump spoke with Barletta about a bid to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey earlier this week.
Barletta is serving his fourth term in Congress. Barletta built some statewide name recognition last year traveling across the state campaigning for Trump.
Barletta was targeted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in a digital ad buy in April over his support of the American Health Care Act.
Former Senator Rick Santorum has voiced his support for a run by Barletta in a tweet last night.
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) May 2, 2017
State Representatives Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), real estate developer Jeff Bartos, and RNC Delegate Andrew Schektor have all announced bids for Senate. Southeast businessman Paul Addis is considering a run for the Senate as well.