Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced May 21, the same day as the Pennsylvania primary, as the special election date to fill the seat just vacated by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming).
Having heard the concerns of county officials, I am scheduling the special election to fill the remainder of Congressman Marino’s term on May 21, 2019 to coincide with the primary election.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 24, 2019
Marino announced last week that he was resigning from office to take a position in the private sector. His last day in office was yesterday.
Marino was the first Republican Congressman in Pennsylvania to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary and only the fifth member of Congress to vow support for him according to Politico.
Trump selected Marino to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but was never confirmed, in part due to a Washington Post/60 Minutes report detailing his role pushing a bill that “undermined” the DEA.
Marino was first elected to Congress in 2010 and just began serving his fifth term earlier this month.
According to WJAC, the only candidate to formally announce a bid for the seat is Democrat Marc Friedenberg who lost to Marino in 2018. A number of Republicans are expected to join the race in the GOP friendly district.
The parties will pick the candidates to run in the special election.