Former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll consider running for an open seat in Congress.
Barletta told WBRE-TV he has been getting recruiting calls for the seat vacated by retired U.S. Rep. Tom Marino.
“I have been contacted by a number of folks, party officials and supporters, about whether or not I have an interest in running for the seat,” Barletta said. “At this time, I’m spending time with my family. As you know, my grandson is dealing with an illness. I’m focusing on this. I really haven’t decided whether I will consider running.”
Marino announced his retirement last week, about two months after winning re-election to a fifth term. His last day on office was Wednesday.
Marino represented the 12th congressional district which includes a large part of central and northern Pennsylvania. Locally, the district includes Perry, Mifflin, and Juniata counties.
Barletta lost a U.S. Senate race against Democrat Bob Casey in November. He said Marino’s seat is in his mix of future possibilities.
“I’m considering all options, what I’m going to do, whether I’m going back into government in some way, the private sector,” he said. “This would be part of that decision making.”
Gov. Tom Wolf has scheduled a special election to replace Marino. The election will coincide with Pennsylvania’s primary election on May 21.