Sen. Smucker will be seeking the seat in PA’s 16th district, which Congressman Joe Pitts has represented since 1997. Rep. Pitts announced his impending retirement last week.
Smucker has represented Pennsylvania’s 13th Senate district since 2009.
“Today, I am excited to announce that I am running for Congress,” Smucker stated. “As a small business owner who understands what it takes to make a budget, I promise to be an effective problem solver who will go to Washington, D.C. to build consensus on issues that will benefit the residents of the 16th Congressional District, including improving efficiencies in government and ensuring fiscal responsibility.”
“Since Congressman Joe Pitt’s announcement last week, I have received an outpouring of encouragement and support from all across the 16th Congressional District for my candidacy and that played a major part in my decision to seek this important office,” he continued. “We live in a diverse district made up of hard-working people with strong values. I want to take our shared commitment to commonsense problem solving, hard work and strong family values to Congress.”
The Democrats, though, already have a candidate in Christina Hartman.
The 16th district includes parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster County as well as the city of Reading.