Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) announced that he is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 7th Congressional District.
The 40-year-old Mackenzie, who has represented the Lehigh Valley in Harrisburg since 2012, also announced that he will not stand for reelection to the state House in the 187th District.
“Now – more than ever – we need proven leaders who will always fight for America’s future. I am running for Congress to improve the lives of the American people,” said Mackenzie. “I am the only candidate in the race with a proven and effective record who can hit the ground running in the fight to get America back on the right track.”
The 7th Congressional District includes all of Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties and part of Monroe County.
Mackenzie will face at least two challengers in the Republican primary in Kevin Dellicker and Maria Montero. Dellicker ran unsuccessfully for the 2022 GOP nomination won by Lisa Scheller, while Montero served in former Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration. Scheller was defeated by Democrat Susan Wild in the general election.
The Republican chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee, Mackenzie revealed his 4 Principles For America: Grow Our Economy, Defend Our Values, Secure Our Communities, and Restore Our Freedoms.
A ninth generation resident of the Lehigh Valley, he graduated from Parkland High School, received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 2004 and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010.
Ryan and his wife, Chloe, make their home in Lower Macungie Township with their rescue hound dog, Ruckus. His mother, Milou, serves as the state representative for the 131st District.