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December 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - It was a strange experience for Jim Gerlach: After more than 20 years in public office, he was sitting out an election. Gerlach, a Chester County Republican, had decided to leave office after a decade in the state legislature and 12 years in Congress - making for some odd feelings as he saw campaigns ramp up last fall without him. Gerlach, 59, is one of three local members of Congress who leave office Jan. 3. He, Jon Runyan (R.,...
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October 17, 2005
Usually your first instinct is your best. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) needs to remember that. Gerlach recently voted against the euphemistically named "Gasoline for America's Security Act" before he voted for it - an example of the flip-flopping habit that is hardly unique to John F. Kerry in Washington. The congressman from Chester County fell for a dubious fix to America's refinery shortage. The lapse came during an arm-twisting parliamentary maneuver by the Republican leadership that was reminiscent of the 2003 Medicare prescription drug vote.
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May 25, 2005 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democrat Lois Murphy is expected to announce today in an e-mail to supporters that she is seeking a rematch against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach for the Sixth District seat in the 2006 election. "I just think it is so important for this district to get the kind of independent leadership we need and deserve that we are not getting from Jim Gerlach," said Murphy yesterday. Despite a late start and virtually no name recognition, Murphy, 42, a lawyer from Lower Merion, nearly toppled Gerlach last year in one of the nation's most bitter and expensive congressional races.
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January 27, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By an overwhelming margin, Chester County Democrats lined up behind one of their own yesterday in the four-way contest for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District. Robert Roggio, a retired Charlestown Township businessman, garnered 88 of the 111 votes to win the county Democratic Committee's endorsement in what is traditionally a hotly contested race. The Democratic organizations in Montgomery and Berks Counties will decide later who, if anyone, to endorse.
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August 24, 2006 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Efforts to secure federal funding for a proposed passenger rail line between Philadelphia and Reading have failed, government officials concede. They disagree, however, on whether that sounds the death knell for the Schuylkill Valley Metro initiative. "Schuylkill Valley Metro - gone - that isn't going to happen," Gov. Rendell told the Times Herald of Norristown on Tuesday. "We'll never get the funding. " A day later, U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach chided Rendell for his pessimism.
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November 9, 2006 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the beginning, U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach had a target on his back. He narrowly won election two years ago, and was considered the most vulnerable Republican House member in the Pennsylvania suburbs. But, despite a wave that swept Democrats into office across the state and the nation, Gerlach managed to hang on to his seat for a third term - even as two other local House Republicans, Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick and Curt Weldon, did not. In the face of a determined challenge from Democrat Lois Murphy, Gerlach eked out a narrow win with 50.6 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Lehigh Counties.
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September 30, 2004 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nanotechnology may not be setting the stock market on fire just yet, but it's a technology that could produce a windfall of jobs for the Sixth Congressional District, said Democrat Lois Murphy, who is running for the seat. In a wide-ranging economic plan that Murphy presented yesterday, she said that by scouring federal agencies for funds, the district could become the Silicon Valley of nanotechnology research and development using the wealth of resources it has to offer. "Nanotechnology is at a very exciting stage," she said.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
Representatives from the Philadelphia area who voted for the spending measure were Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.), John Carney (D., Del.), Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.), Pat Meehan (R., Pa.), Joseph R. Pitts (R., Pa.), Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), and Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.). Voting against the bill was Tim Holden (D., Pa.)
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November 7, 2012
D-Democrat; I-Independent; R-Republican District 1 (97% of the vote) *Robert Brady (D) . . . 222,408 John Featherman (R). . . 39,128 District 2 (97% of the vote) *Chaka Fattah (D) . . . 299,567 Robert Mansfield (R). . . 31,466 James Foster (I). . . 4,209 District 6 (70% of the vote) *Jim Gerlach (R) . . . 136,457 Manan Trivedi (D). . . 102,189 District 7 (90% of the vote) *Patrick Meehan (R) . . . 177,881 George Badey (D)
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December 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - It was a strange experience for Jim Gerlach: After more than 20 years in public office, he was sitting out an election. Gerlach, a Chester County Republican, had decided to leave office after a decade in the state legislature and 12 years in Congress - making for some odd feelings as he saw campaigns ramp up last fall without him. Gerlach, 59, is one of three local members of Congress who leave office Jan. 3. He, Jon Runyan (R.,...
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February 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.) created a political shock wave Tuesday when he announced that he would resign Feb. 18 after more than 23 years in the House. But the fight to succeed him is unlikely to carry any such surprises. There almost never are in South Jersey Democratic politics. Andrews, who has a long-running House ethics inquiry hanging over him, said he was taking a job as head of government relations at the Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson. He called the move a family decision, not a response to the investigation.
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January 13, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of Congress have decided not to seek reelection, setting off furious maneuvering as rising politicians vie to become the region's new faces in Washington. While change is assured, the big question is whether the movement will alter the balance of power in Congress, where Democrats need to gain 17 seats to take control of the House. Allyson Schwartz's Montgomery County-based seat is likely to stay Democratic as she runs for governor.
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February 28, 2013
SEQUESTRATION is coming! Sequestration is coming! The government, assuming Congress remains true to its moribund self through Friday, won't be able to spend in its usual thoughtful, responsible way. And this is bad? If you haven't been paying attention (and a new Washington Post -Pew Research Center Poll says that just 18 percent of you have), so-called onerous, death-dealing, economy-crushing spending cuts are to take effect at week's end. Why? Because President Obama and Congress approved such cuts because they thought they'd agree on ways to stop them, and, of course, they haven't.
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