Ex-Pa. Revenue secretary Dan Meuser running to replace Barletta

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 6, 2017 1:38 PM

FILE PHOTO: Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District Dan Meuser, center, talks with supporters. (AP Photo/Jimmy May)

(Wilkes Barre) -- Pennsylvania's former Secretary of Revenue plans to run for a midstate Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Lou Barletta to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

Dan Meuser announced his candidacy for the 11th District seat, which includes all of Columbia County and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties.

Meuser, a Republican, says he -- like Barletta -- plans to support President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

He adds he was asked to support Barletta's Senate run and to attempt to hold his Congressional seat for Republicans.

Meuser headed the Department of Revenue under former Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

Barletta, the former mayor of Hazleton, rose to political prominence as a foe of illegal immigration.

He was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, who urged him to run for Senate.

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