Lloyd Smucker

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Lloyd Smucker
Lloyd Smucker official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Joe Pitts
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 6, 2009 – November 30, 2016
Preceded by Gib Armstrong
Succeeded by Scott Martin
Personal details
Born (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 54)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Children Paige, Regan, Nick
Residence West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania
Occupation Businessman
Signature
Website House website

Lloyd K. Smucker (born January 23, 1964) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district. Previously, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 13th District from 2009 to 2016.

Biography

Smucker was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Daniel and Arie Smucker.[1] He was born into an Amish family. After graduating from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1981, he attended Lebanon Valley College and Franklin & Marshall College.[2] For twenty-five years, he served as president of the Smucker Company, a family-owned commercial construction firm in Smoketown.[3]

Smucker was a member of the West Lampeter Township Planning Commission for four years before serving two terms as a township supervisor.[3] In 2008, after 23-year incumbent Gib Armstrong decided to retire, Smucker entered the four-way Republican primary to succeed him, receiving 47% of the vote.[4] In the general election, he defeated his Democratic opponent, Lancaster City Council member José E. Urdaneta, by a margin of 57%-43%.[5]

In the Senate, Smucker served as chair of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, vice-chair of the Labor & Industry Committee, and a member of the Appropriations, Education, Local Government, and Urban Affairs & Housing Committees.[1]

On September 24, 2014, Smucker voted against Pennsylvania senate bill SB1182 which would legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.[6]

Smucker is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[7]

He is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[8]

U.S. Congress

On November 8, 2016, Smucker defeated Christina Hartman in the race to replace the retiring Joe Pitts in Congress.[9] He was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District on January 3, 2017.[10]

Political positions

As of January 2018, Smucker had voted with his party in 95.4% of votes in the 115th United States Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position in 98.3% of votes.[11][12] Smucker supported the American Health Care Act, the GOP's replacement plan for Obamacare.[13]

Vote Smart Political Courage Test

Vote Smart, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States, "researched presidential and congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues." According to Vote Smart's 2016 analysis, Smucker generally supports pro-life legislation, opposes an income tax increase, opposes federal spending and supports lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth, opposes requiring states to adopt federal education standards, opposes the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, opposes gun-control legislation, supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, supports requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship, opposes same-sex marriage, supports increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support, and supports allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts.[14]

References

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  2. "Senator Lloyd K. Smucker". Project Vote Smart.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lloyd K. Smucker". State Senator Lloyd Smucker.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "2008 Generalĺ Primary". Pennsylvania Department of State. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "2008 General Election". Pennsylvania Department of State. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Murphy, Jan. "Medical marijuana: How our southcentral Pa. senators voted". www.pennlive.com. Retrieved 25 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 4 October 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Stuhldreher, Tim. "Lloyd Smucker beats Christina Hartman, Shawn House in 16th Congressional District race". LancasterOnline. Retrieved November 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Smucker announces committee assignments for 115th Congress" (Press release). Washington D.C.: Congressman Lloyd Smucker. January 13, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Bycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking Lloyd Smucker In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2017-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved 2017-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. "Lloyd Smucker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)". Vote Smart. Retrieved 10 January 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Rutherford
R-Florida
United States Representatives by seniority
421st
Succeeded by
Darren Soto
D-Florida