Browne Concedes to Coleman in 16th Senate District

Jarrett Coleman

After nearly three decades in Harrisburg, state senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) conceded his Republican primary race in the 16th District to newcomer Jarrett Coleman.

The 16th District comprises portions of Bucks and Lehigh Counties.

Coleman edged Browne, the senate appropriations chair, by 19 votes in the unofficial tally on the Department of State website. Browne carried Bucks County by 1,075 votes, but Coleman surpassed him in Lehigh County with a 1,094-vote advantage.

“It’s pretty seismic on the political front locally,” said Muhlenberg College political science professor Christopher Borick to WFMZ-TV 69. “He attacked Browne as someone who is too likely to compromise with someone like Governor Wolf and in the Republican primary that was a pretty popular position with enough voters, a very narrow amount of voters to knock off a powerful incumbent.”

Coleman, 32, is an airline pilot who was recently elected to the Parkland School Board.

In a statement, Coleman thanked Browne for his “service to the Commonwealth and running a spirited campaign. He wishes him the best in finishing out his term and any future endeavors.”

Browne, who has served in the Senate for more than 17 years and had spent 10 years in the PA House prior, is considered one of the leading state budget negotiators in Harrisburg. He wrote the legislation creating the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the special taxing zone that helped revitalize downtown Allentown.

Coleman will face Democrat Mark Pinsley, the Lehigh County controller, who ran unopposed in the fall.

3 Responses

  1. I see Borick has mastered stating the obvious to an art form but the facts run a little deeper.Jeffrey Yass, billionaire, funded in part the Citizens Alliance of Pa which donated several hundred thousand each to the opponents of Stan Saylor and Pat Browne. This was in the media. It’s hardly late breaking news. In a State Senate race or a State House race if your opponent has someone PAC pumping in several hundred thousand to them you got problems.

    1. The Citizens Alliance of PA is a scam that does not hold the political unknowns they get elected accountable. I notice that they’ve even changed their all holy THE PLEDGE they asked their supported candidates to sign. Case in point – Wayne Langerholc was one of CAP’s candidates they got elected but he immediately reneged on THE PLEDGE by joining the pension plan when he took office. At the time there was a great deal of blowing and bluster from Leo Knepper that “Langeholc will pay” but they never came after him.

      CAP is a scam to elect anti worker, anti public school and anti government candidates who will tear down necessary and needed public, human services and support systems the middle class and poor need. And who does CAP really benefit? The 1%ers – billionaires and millionaires.


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