Former State Representative Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) is considering a run for Lieutenant Governor next year, viewing himself as a Mike Pence style addition to a ticket.
“Though I have worked over 20 years in the private sector, my 12 years in the state House have brought me significant connections that will help advance the agenda of our next Governor,” Denlinger said in an interview with PoliticsPA.
Denlinger sees his connections in the evangelical community being a bridge for a gubernatorial candidate to be able to tap into their support, much like Pence did for Trump in the 2016 election.
While Lieutenant Governor candidates do not usually take strong positions on issues head of the election as they have to run as a ticket during the fall with the gubernatorial candidate, Denlinger has taken an issue on the expense of the office he is considering
“I do think there is a role for the Lieutenant Governor in the state, but I am not sure why we are the only state in the union that needs to have a mansion for the Lieutenant Governor,” Denlinger said.
“A lavish lifestyle and big staff are not needed. I would seek to bring serious reductions in expense to the office, and we could start by getting rid of the mansion.”
Denlinger served in the state House for 12 years, first being elected in 2002. He was most recently an elected delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Since leaving office, he has returned to the private sector.
Denlinger is looking at a mid-December timeline for a final decision on whether he will run for the office. He has formed an exploratory committee that is reaching out to state party members, and Republican activists across the state to gauge the support he would have before making a final decision.
State Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill) is also reportedly considering a bid for the office.