Senator Elder Vogel Jr. has represented the citizens of the 47th Senatorial District, which currently includes all of Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler Counties, since 2009. Senator Vogel is Chairman of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources & Energy, Labor & Industry and Majority Policy Committees.
Over the years, Senator Vogel has introduced several measures that have been signed into law. Among them:
- Criminalizing the possession or sales of concentrated bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
- Eliminating the statutory requirements for costly low Reid Vapor Pressure “Summer Gas” gasoline in seven southwestern Pennsylvania counties.
- Extending the life of the First Industries Program, an initiative that focuses on saving and creating jobs in the Tourism and Agriculture sectors.
- Eliminating the ability of the Department of Agriculture to cite non-profit community groups such as volunteer fire companies, churches, and school booster clubs for selling non-hazardous home-baked food at fundraisers.
- Giving school districts and school bus contractors the option to choose the most appropriate school buses based on their needs.
In addition, Senator Vogel has authored legislation to reduce the size and the costs of the General Assembly. Under this proposal, the Legislature would be reduced from 50 to 45 senatorial districts and from 203 to 153 representative districts.
He has also championed efforts to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry and provide needed updates to the state Race Horse Industry Reform Act
Senator Vogel’s efforts to promote economic development and job creation also included his sponsorship of Senate Bill 1563, a bill providing a tax credit for a petrochemical plant in Beaver County which became law through the 2012 Tax Code revisions.
He has also introduced measures to alleviate the burden on motorists by exempting light passenger vehicles ten years old or newer and alternative fuel vehicles from vehicle emissions inspections and eliminating outdated gasoline requirements making gasoline cheaper for western Pennsylvania motorists.
Senator Vogel serves on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Extension of Beaver County, the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership; and is a member of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, and the Big Knob Antique Tractor and Equipment Association.
He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the Future Farmers of America Honorary Degree, the Distinguished Service Award by Penn AG Industries and named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business for his work in the legislature. For many years, Senator Vogel served as president of the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau, and until his election served as a New Sewickley Township Supervisor.
Senator Vogel operates the family farm in New Sewickley Township which was established in the late 1800s. He lives with his wife Sue and two step-daughters Madison and Lynnsey.Legislative Website
Senator Camera Bartolotta brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of real-world experience to her job representing residents of Beaver, Greene and Washington counties. A longtime resident of Monongahela, she was elected to her first term representing the 46th Senatorial District in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.
During her time in the Senate, Camera has authored several new laws, including measures to help judges keep the most dangerous domestic violence offenders behind bars; relocate victims of domestic violence who live in public housing; improve the availability of job training programs throughout the state; protect Pennsylvania’s fresh water supplies by ensuring the safe use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations; authorize the operation of Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft in all 67 counties; and strengthen penalties for motorists who injure workers and emergency responders in construction zones. She also introduced a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit the future growth in state government spending.
In the Senate, Camera’s committee assignments reflect the main concerns of the communities she represents, including the need for quality, family-sustaining jobs and smaller government. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, which is responsible for considering a wide range of issues pertaining to both employers and employees, including Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, workplace safety, building codes and workforce development.
She also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, and as a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee; Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee; and Senate Transportation Committee.
Camera also co-chairs the Senate Gas and Oil Caucus, a bipartisan legislative body that focuses on issues impacting the gas and oil industry with the goal of promoting policies resulting in a positive future for constituents, the business community and state economy. She also co-founded the bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Caucus to focus on ways to help promote safer communities, reduce prison costs and ensure better outcomes for individuals who are part of the criminal justice system.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, she opened the first quick-lube business in the Mon Valley, Duke of Oil, which has been providing quality, affordable service since 1988. She also produced “La Dolce Vita,” a cooking show that aired on WPXI-TV and PCNC.
Camera is an active member of the community she has called home for more than three decades. She is involved with local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also serves on the Pittsburgh Film Office Board of Trustees. Camera is a member of the Saint Damien of Molokai Catholic Church.
Family is a great source of pride in Camera’s life and motivates her civic engagement. Her daughter, Devin, is an award-winning news reporter, producer and anchor in New Orleans. Her son, Dante, is a United States Marine.Legislative Website
State Representative, 15th District
A lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania, Josh Kail is a legislator who will work to protect taxpayers, reform Harrisburg and bring family-sustaining jobs to the 15th Legislative District. Pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, Josh is committed to defending constitutional liberties.
He has long understood the importance of controlling taxes while modernizing education, as well as the need to put an end to job-killing overregulation and to apply conservative solutions to our state’s challenges.
For the 2019-20 legislative session, Josh was appointed to serve on the House Education, Children and Youth, Commerce, Gaming Oversight, and Liquor Control committees.
Prior to running for office, Josh worked as an attorney representing small and mid-sized businesses and worked as a solicitor for various local governments. He also did work for Beaver County’s Children and Youth Services.
Josh is a graduate of Geneva College and Regent University School of Law. He and his wife, Abby, and their six children live in Beaver, Pennsylvania.Legislative Website Campaign Website
Based on his commitment to bring more accountability to state government, Jim Marshall was elected to represent the 14th District in Beaver and Butler counties in November 2006.
Jim is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment lawmaker who believes in a small government whose duty is to protect the environment and citizens of the Commonwealth and the country from real and present danger. He is committed to the belief that government should be fiscally conservative and maintain a balanced budget. It should not create jobs, but should create an economic environment in which businesses can flourish and produce quality products.
For the 2019-20 legislative session, Jim was appointed to serve as majority chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, which oversees slot machine gaming, bingo, small games of chance, amusement laws and table games in Pennsylvania. In addition to its legislative responsibilities, the committee has oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and aspects that deal with gaming within the Department of Revenue, the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. He also retained his seat on the House Transportation Committee, on which he previously served as the chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation Safety and a DUI Taskforce.
In addition to his legislative roles, Jim has served on the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, a board dedicated to promoting the commercial use and development of the inland waterways in western Pennsylvania.
Jim is a lifelong resident of Big Beaver Borough. He served two terms as vice president of Big Beaver Borough Council and has served on the borough’s recreation board for 12 years. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Big Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Company and coached his daughter’s softball team for five years.
Jim worked for 22 years at Ag Hog Pittsburgh. His duties included customer relations, system design and field service.
Jim and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter, Jamie, and recently welcomed their first grandchild.Legislative Website Campaign Website
Like many citizens raised in western Pennsylvania, Aaron Bernstine was instilled with the traditional values of hard work, personal integrity and community service.
Elected to represent the 10th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2016, Aaron is committed to protecting those values in the state Capitol, while fighting to reduce government spending, reform Harrisburg, eliminate burdensome taxes and improve the climate for businesses.
For the 2019-20 legislative session, Aaron serves on the House Commerce, Insurance, Health, and Game and Fisheries committees.
Prior to running for state representative, Aaron divided his professional time between his work for ADP in the field of human capital management, his small businesses, and the 107-acre farm where his family raises livestock. He brings his experience and understanding of small businesses and the challenges they face to Harrisburg as he fights to strengthen the state’s economy.
Aaron holds a degree in business management from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as an adjunct professor.
Aaron resides on his family farm in New Beaver Borough with his wife, Ilia, and their son, Dierks.Legislative Website Facebook Page
As the 78th Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, businesswoman and retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Stacy Garrity is focused on transparency, cutting waste and fees, returning $3.8 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners, and making education affordable for Pennsylvanians.
Stacy understands the challenges that Pennsylvania families face, and she brings the same common sense that people use to manage their own finances to the Treasurer’s office.
After graduating from Sayre High School in Bradford County, Stacy earned a degree in finance and economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and later received a certificate from the Cornell University Business Management Institute.
While serving as a colonel in the Army Reserve, Stacy received national attention for her decorated service on the battlefields of Iraq. While news raged about scandals involving prisoner abuse at other facilities, Stacy was highlighted for her stellar performance as one of the officers in charge of an internment camp for enemy combatants in Iraq.
Iraqis dubbed her “the Angel of the Desert” when her service at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq resulted in a perfect record. She kept the camp secure and American troops safe without a single complaint of abuse from Iraqi soldiers interned there.
Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of the United States: in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm, in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom. She was awarded the Bronze Star twice for exceptional service and received the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
While serving in the Army Reserve, Stacy started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., a global supplier of refractory powders, and worked her way up to become the first of two female vice presidents at the company.
As the Treasurer of Pennsylvania, Stacy oversees an office of approximately 340 employees and is tasked with protecting $110 billion in state assets. Among her many duties, she safeguards the financial health of the state, manages Pennsylvania’s 529 College and Career Savings Program and the PA ABLE Savings Program for disability-related expenses, and administers the unclaimed property program.
Stacy was elected on November 3, 2020, and was sworn into office on January 19, 2021.
As someone committed to her local community, Stacy also serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Stacy is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst at Corning Incorporated. She worships at both the Christian Life Church and Emory Baptist Church.PA Treasury
State Auditor General
Timothy L. DeFoor was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 52nd Auditor General on January 19, 2021.
Tim started his career in public service as a Special Investigator with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Inspector General, where he investigated government and contractor fraud, waste and abuse within state government. Tim then went on to become a Special Agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, investigating Medicaid fraud and illegal prescription drug diversion. Later he became a Fraud Investigator and Internal Auditor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Health Plan and various federal contractors.
In 2015, Tim was elected as Dauphin County Controller, where he quickly earned a reputation as a fiscal watchdog and trusted leader saving and recovering over $1 million of taxpayer dollars during his first term in office. He has also worked to create Dauphin County’s first Audit Division, and prepared the first Dauphin County Retirement Fund Report.
To protect taxpayers Tim also changed how Dauphin County reported its finances to a comprehensive, detailed and transparent financial report. His efforts earned his office Dauphin County’s first ever award for financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
With over 25 years of combined experience in law enforcement and auditing, in both public service and private industries, Tim is uniquely qualified to serve Pennsylvania citizens on day one.
Tim has a proven track record of fighting waste, fraud and abuse. He’ll work tirelessly to cut wasteful government spending to protect taxpayers and help create a stronger economy that allows businesses to create good paying jobs here in Pennsylvania.
Tim’s not a career politician and he’s tired of politics-as-usual in Harrisburg. Tim will work to end political loopholes like the “honor system” that allows state agencies to keep high-dollar, taxpayer funded contracts hidden from the public, so we know where our tax dollars are being spent.
Growing up in Harrisburg, Tim has always been committed to giving back to the community he loves. Tim currently serves on and is the former Chair of the Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation Board of Directors, State YMCA of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, and the Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation Board of Directors. Tim is also a member of the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP and the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #78.PA Dept. of the Auditor General