“With the support of my community, family, and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington. Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat. Our government has grown so big, unwieldy and directionless that it is holding us back from achieving the prosperity we all know is within our reach,” Mackenzie said in a release announcing his candidacy.
Mackenzie’s announcement comes the morning after Dent announced his retirement.
Mackenzie is serving his fourth term in the state House.
Mackenzie joins fellow state Representative Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) in the race for the Republican nomination.