A longtime champion for the values of faith, freedom, and the sanctity of human life recently announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of next year. Since 1997, Congressman Joseph Pitts (R-PA) has represented the Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, which includes suburbs west of Philadelphia and much of “Amish Country.” He is the longtime Chairman of the House Values Action Team, which is a major voice for life and family issues in the House. Rep. Pitts also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, and he co-chairs the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
In a statement announcing his decision not to run for another term, Rep. Pitts stated:
As a person of faith, and a follower of Jesus, I believe that we are called to pursue justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom, both domestic and international, as well as on matters of culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Reagan, Chuck Colson, as well as great legislators like the 18th Century Member of the British Parliament William Wilberforce, and former colleagues like Henry Hyde, Frank Wolf, and Tony Hall.
Among the many on Capitol Hill who will miss Congressman Pitts is House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), who said in a release, “Joe Pitts has been a legislative workhorse… he’s had his fingerprints on more bills than most folks in Congress. Appointing Joe to the helm of Health was my first action as Energy and Commerce Chairman – and through the years he has been an invaluable lieutenant, thoughtful legislator, and a bedrock champion for life.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 20, 2015