On Friday, state Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York) announced he will be retiring effective Feb. 28.
Alloway has served the 33rd District in the Pennsylvania Senate since 2008 and was most recently re-elected in 2016.
In a release, Alloway thanked his constituents for the opportunity to represent them and stated that “our forefathers never envisioned public service as a lifetime vocation.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to hold this position and to be the voice for local communities in Harrisburg for the past decade in the Senate,” Alloway said in a statement. “…However, our forefathers never envisioned public service as a lifetime vocation. After a decade of fighting to ensure our interests are represented in the General Assembly, the time has come for me to move on to other endeavors and pursue new opportunities. I wish all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle nothing but the best.”
Alloway has served as the Majority Caucus Secretary since 2014 and boasted about being “among the legislature’s strongest supporters of Second amendment rights” and being the “leading advocate for passage of Libre’s Law, legislation to protect animals against abuse and neglect” in his release about his retirement.
In an interview with The Caucus, Alloway said he’s going to be a lobbyist and cited being “sick and tired” of politics in Harrisburg as a reason for retiring from office.
Alloway was due for re-election in Nov. 2020, but his resignation will result in a special election called by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
I hear there might be a couple more going. Would this be coincidence?
I am to be running for this seat when its is the special elections and I will get a lot of support and I will wins it.
His exit from the Senate to go lobby also just so happens to coincide with reaching the ten year service mark for free lifetime healthcare at taxpayer’s expense. Now he can go work for a lobby shop making more money and will never have to worry again about where he will get benefits, because they are on us. Thanks for your service douchebag.
That and he’s up for re-election 2020 so better leave on his own accord then to get wiped out by the people.
I don’t suppose this anti-government conservative is waiving his lifetime health care on the taxpayer dime is he?
It’s the only part of government he’s not sick of!
Dear Mr. Howard, I have a parcel of raw land in west Jersey I’d like to sell.
Such horseshit. He’s quitting because the $$$ is better as a lobbyist. How is going from politician to lobbyist getting out of politics?
Moreover, his warmed over slop of being kind to kitties, but pushing gun rights is laughable. It’s OK to kill people (and hunted animals), but by god be kind to pets. Silly and illogical. No wonder he was GOP.
Well he’s making roughly $100k as a state senator. Salary isn’t bad. And according to his statement, he doesn’t have a lobbyist job lined up. Call me crazy, but quitting a job for your dream job without it lined up isn’t the smartest thing. (FYI, I’m a Democrat… just calling a spade a spade.)
“Alloway said he’s going to be a lobbyist and cited being “sick and tired” of politics in Harrisburg as a reason for retiring from office. ”
OK, so this conservative Republican who mouths “our forefathers never envisioned public service as a lifetime vocation.” is now going to become a lobbyist. DID OUR FOREFATHERS ENVISION FORMER PUBLIC SERVANTS LATCHING ONTO THE TEAT TO SUCK EVERY LAST BIT OF MILK OUT OF IT SO ONLY THE SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBYISTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE DECISION MAKERS.
Alloway – you and your bunch that become lobbyists are the biggest P.O.S’s in politics. You should be ashamed
Did you ever consider waiting until you know who he is going to lobby for? Could it be to reform Harrisburg? Maybe not, but a little civility should be considered.
Poor defense. He’s not likely to lobby for progressive causes after his decade as a GOP flunky.
Lobbying is lobbying. Former State Reps and Senators should not be permitted to go back to Harrisburg and receive a salary to go in and lobby their former colleagues. If you don’t realize how corrupt it is for someone to leave Harrisburg and then come back to curry favor with the ones he’s been doing work with as a paid lobbyist, then you are also part of the problem.
Isn’t that your job as a State Senator?
I’ve never heard of the Reform Harrisburg Lobby