Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

In the 2010 midterms, Fitzpatrick captured the suburban Philadelphia House seat he had lost just four years earlier to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

Murphy had barely squeaked to a win over Fitzpatrick in 2006, a year that heavily favored Democrats. But 2010 was a year that tilted Republican.

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Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)

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At a Glance

  • Career History: Legal counsel to the Morrisville School District; Congressman, Pensylvania's 8th district (2005 to 2007); Commissioner, Bucks County, Pa. (1995 to 2004); attorney, private practice (1988 to 1995)
  • Birthday: June 28, 1963
  • Hometown: Levittown, Pa.
  • Alma Mater: St. Thomas University, B.A., 1985; Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 1988
  • Spouse: Kathleen
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Committees: House Financial Services
  • D.C. Office: 1224 Longworth HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4276
  • Web site

Path To Power

After graduating from law school in 1988, Fitzpatrick joined the Pennsylvania law firm Jackson, Cook, Caracappa & Bloom.

In 1993, he took at job at the influential Bucks County, Pa. law firm Begley, Carlin & Mandio.

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The Issues

"I'm against amnesty," Fitzpatrick told a local tea party group in March 2010. "I think we oughta finish building the fence on the Southern border." He also called for hiring more border-patrol agents, developing technologies to help patrol the border and penalizing those who hire illegal immigrants.

"To me it's sort of black and white: you're either here legally or you're not," he said.

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The Network

During his first term in Congress, Fitzpatrick served on the House Financial Services Committee with ranking member Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.). Bachus supported Fitzpatrick's 2010 search to reclaim the House seat.

Fitzpatrick also met with NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to strategize his 2010 run.

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Additional Resources

  1. DCCC Press, "2 Months in Office, 1 Major Promise Broken," March 7, 2005
  2. Hall, Peter, The Bucks County Courier Times, "Sierra Club endorses Murphy," September 23, 2010
  3. Mullane, J.D., Phillyburbs.com, "Mike Fitzpatrick on Immigration," August 1, 2010
  4. Govtrack.us, "H.R. 5642: Safe Climate Act of 2006"
  5. King, Larry, Philadelphia Inquirer, "U.S. House Candidates Fitzpatrick, Murphy critique economy in their first debate," September 9, 2010
  6. ALIPAC, "Endorsed--Mike Fitzpatrick (R), Congress PA-8," October 25, 2004
  7. Govtrack, Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006
  8. Walsh, Brian, Townhall.com, "2010 Race of the Day: PA-08," July 8, 2010
  9. Mullane, J.D., phillyburbs.com, "Fitz calls Gloria Carlineo a 'recent immigrant,'" May 11, 2010
  10. Weckselblatt, Gary, The Bucks County Courier Times, "Fitzpatrick calls for health care law repeal," September 22, 2011
  11. Mullane, John, Bucks County Courier Times, "A second chance," November 27, 2008
  12. Weckselblatt, Gary, PhillyBurbs.com, "Report: Fitzpatrick in D.C. Rounding Up Support," January 13, 2010
  13. Above Average Jane blog, "Mike Fitzpatrick's Political Origins," July 19, 2006
  14. Drobnyk, Josh, The Morning Call: Pennsylvania Ave., "Add a name to the Murphy challenger list," September 25, 2007
  15. Fitzgerald for Congress, "On the Issues"
  16. King, Larry, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Murphy, Fitzpatrick clash in first debate in Bucks race," September 8, 2010.
  17. Weckselblatt, Gary, The Bucks County Courier Times, "Fitzpatrick calls for health care law repeal," September 22, 2010
  18. Badman, Wendy, The Doylestown Patriot, "Schrader responds to Greenwood's Retirement," July 29, 2004
  19. NPR: AP Election Guide, "Michael G. Fitzpatrick," last updated September 23, 2010, retrieved September 23, 2010
  20. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) archived Web site