Elected Republicans Representing Montgomery County on the Federal Level
In 2010, Pat Toomey was elected to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania on a platform of limited government, economic and job growth, and restoring fiscal responsibility. Since joining the Senate in 2011, he has distinguished himself as a leader on economic, financial services, and budget issues.
A champion of fiscal responsibility, he was heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “leading voice on money matters.” In his first year in the Senate, he was appointed to the bipartisan Super Committee tasked with forming a deficit reduction plan and played a key role in writing the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act cuts regulatory burdens on small and medium-sized businesses making it easier for them to expand and create thousands of new jobs. This important legislation passed the House and Senate, and was signed by President Obama into law.
The senator serves on the Finance; Banking; Budget; and Joint Economic committees and is the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee — the coalition of Republican senators that advocates for innovative, conservative policies. Sen. Toomey previously served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth Congressional District, where he championed economic growth and fiscal discipline. In fulfillment of his three-term pledge, he retired from the House in 2004.
In addition to his public service, the senator has also served as president of the Club for Growth, owned and operated a small restaurant chain in the Lehigh Valley, and worked in the financial services industry. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in Zionsville with his wife, Kris, and their three children.
Citizens can contact United States Senator Patrick Toomey by calling (202)-224-4254 or by visiting his website www.toomey.senate.gov.
After dedicating his professional life to the service and protecting others, Brian Fitzpatrick was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2016 to represent the people of Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District which includes all of Bucks County and a portion of northwestern Montgomery County. His top priorities in Congress are increasing economic opportunity and keeping our nation safe.
A Levittown native and graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Brian is a graduate of LaSalle University, Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Emergency Medical Technician as well as an attorney – having previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney focused on drug crimes.
For 14 years prior to running for Congress, Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent fighting political corruption and supporting global counter-terrorism efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom. Working to promote freedom and democracy, Brian also served as National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program and as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit where he is recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions. For his work, Brian was an inaugural recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award in 2015 and was named “Investigator of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
In the 115th Congress, Brian is a member of both the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees. Brian is the founding member of the Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to fighting for term limits and Congressional reforms, and a member of the No Labels ‘Problem Solver Caucus.’
Citizens can contact United States Congressman Brian K. Fitzpatrick by calling (215)-579-8102 or by visiting fitzpatrick.house.gov.
Elected Republicans Representing Montgomery County on the State Level
Timothy L. DeFoor
Timothy L. DeFoor was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 52nd Auditor General on January 19, 2021.
Tim started his career in public service as a Special Investigator with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Inspector General, where he investigated government and contractor fraud, waste and abuse within state government. Tim then went on to become a Special Agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, investigating Medicaid fraud and illegal prescription drug diversion. Later he became a Fraud Investigator and Internal Auditor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Health Plan and various federal contractors.
In 2015, Tim was elected as Dauphin County Controller, where he quickly earned a reputation as a fiscal watchdog and trusted leader saving and recovering over $1 million of taxpayer dollars during his first term in office. He has also worked to create Dauphin County’s first Audit Division, and prepared the first Dauphin County Retirement Fund Report.
To protect taxpayers Tim also changed how Dauphin County reported its finances to a comprehensive, detailed and transparent financial report. His efforts earned his office Dauphin County’s first ever award for financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
With over 25 years of combined experience in law enforcement and auditing, in both public service and private industries, Tim is uniquely qualified to serve Pennsylvania citizens on day one.
Tim has a proven track record of fighting waste, fraud and abuse. He’ll work tirelessly to cut wasteful government spending to protect taxpayers and help create a stronger economy that allows businesses to create good paying jobs here in Pennsylvania.
Tim’s not a career politician and he’s tired of politics-as-usual in Harrisburg. Tim will work to end political loopholes like the “honor system” that allows state agencies to keep high-dollar, taxpayer funded contracts hidden from the public, so we know where our tax dollars are being spent.
Growing up in Harrisburg, Tim has always been committed to giving back to the community he loves. Tim currently serves on and is the former Chair of the Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation Board of Directors, State YMCA of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, and the Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation Board of Directors. Tim is also a member of the Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP and the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #78.
As the 78th Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, businesswoman and retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Stacy Garrity is focused on transparency, cutting waste and fees, returning $3.5 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners, and making education affordable for Pennsylvanians.
Stacy understands the challenges that Pennsylvania families face, and she brings the same common sense that people use to manage their own finances to the Treasurer’s office.
After graduating from Sayre High School in Bradford County, Stacy earned a degree in finance and economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and later received a certificate from the Cornell University Business Management Institute.
While serving as a Colonel in the Army Reserve, Stacy received national attention for her decorated service on the battlefields of Iraq. While news raged about scandals involving prisoner abuse at other facilities, Stacy was highlighted for her stellar performance as one of the officers in charge of an internment camp for enemy combatants in Iraq.
Iraqis dubbed her “the Angel of the Desert” when her service at Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq resulted in a perfect record. She kept the camp secure and American troops safe without a single complaint of abuse from Iraqi soldiers interned there.
Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of the United States: in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm, in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom. She was awarded the Bronze Star twice for exceptional service and received the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
While serving in the Army Reserve, Stacy started work as a cost accountant at Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., a global supplier of refractory powders, and worked her way up to become the first of two female vice presidents at the company.
As the treasurer of Pennsylvania, Stacy oversees an office of approximately 340 employees and is tasked with protecting $110 billion in state assets. Among her many duties, she safeguards the financial health of the state, manages Pennsylvania’s 529 College and Career Savings Program and the PA ABLE Savings Program for disability-related expenses, and administers the unclaimed property program.
Stacy was elected on November 3, 2020, and was sworn into office on January 19, 2021.
As someone committed to her local community, Stacy also serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Stacy is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst at Corning Incorporated. She worships at both the Christian Life Church and Emory Baptist Church.
Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch represents the constituents of the 24th District (including parts of Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties) bringing to the state Senate more than 35 years of business and management experience.
Senator Mensch serves as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. He is a member of four other Senate committees: Aging and Youth; Appropriations; Game and Fisheries; and Intergovernmental Operations. He co-chairs the Senate Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus and the Community College Caucus. He also chairs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, which conducts studies and makes recommendations aimed at eliminating unnecessary government spending.
A native of Pennsburg and resident of Marlborough Township since 1975, Bob is married to his wife of over four decades, JoAnn, who together have raised two children, and now enjoy being grandparents to grandson Zackary.
Citizens can reach Sen. Mensch by emailing email@example.com, visiting his website www.senatormensch.com, or by calling 267-532-8925.
Tim HennesseyState Representative - 26th House District
Milou MackenzieState Representative - 131st House District
Tracy PennycuickState Representative - 147th House District
Todd StephensState Representative - 151st House District
Tim Hennessey has served the community as a legislator, a trial attorney with the Public Defender’s office for 20 years, a township solicitor for 25 years. A lifelong resident of Chester County, he has represented the 26th District since 1993.
House District 26 spans northern and western Chester County, from Spring City to Elverson to Coatesville. The 14 municipalities are Spring City Borough, East Vincent, East Coventry, North Coventry, Warwick, East and West Nantmeal townships and Elverson Borough, Wallace and Honey Brook townships and Honey Brook Borough, West Caln and Valley Townships and Coatesville, a 3rd class city.
In the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Hennessey is the Republican Chair of Aging and Older Adult Services, while also serving on the Local Government Committee. As Chairman of Aging, he has introduced bills to protect the Lottery’s revenues from being used by the current administration to pay for bureaucracies of the State Department of Aging. He’s also introduced bills to protect homeowners who pre-pay for home heating oil and natural gas, to extend favorable tax treatment for tuition pre-payment plans and to protect homeowner’s claims for homestead tax treatment, among others.
Previously Hennessey authored Pa’s Targeted Communities Revitalization Act (Weed and Seed), voting rights provisions, a measure to attack urban blight and restore abandoned buildings and a law to facilitate transfer of property from municipalities to non-profit community development entities.
In prior terms, Hennessey was active on the House Judiciary, Urban Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Insurance committees. His current chairmanship of Aging limits him to just the committee on Local Government.
Prior to his service in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Hennessey served as Chairman of the Student Exchange and Group Study Exchange programs for the Pottstown Rotary Club, as President of Birthright of Pottstown (offering alternatives to abortion and ongoing support after childbirth) and as President of Alternatives, a shelter home for abused and neglected children.
Tim Hennessey is a 1965 graduate of St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, St. Josephs University (1969) and Villanova University School of Law 1972. He resides in North Coventry Township with Carol, his wife of 35 years. They have three children; Katherine, Timothy and Elizabeth.
Representative Milou Mackenzie is a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley and an 8th generation Pennsylvanian. She is serving her first term as representative of the 131st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery Counties.
Mackenzie has lent her artistic talent to creating beautiful homes for many people in the Lehigh Valley and beyond as the owner-operator of V. M. Mackenzie Interior Design, LLC for more than 30 years.
Before establishing her small business, Mackenzie, who graduated from Nazareth Area Senior High School and earned a BA in English from Cedar Crest College in 1972, had years of teaching experience in several local school districts and also in a private school in Allentown
Mackenzie will use her knowledge of the classroom to stand up and ensure Pennsylvania students receive a quality education while still respecting the concerns of the taxpayers.
In addition to her concerns about education and holding the line on wasteful spending, Mackenzie will also focus on how she can help her fellow small business owners and bring support to our veterans.
Representative Mackenzie is married to Kevin Brown, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a veteran. She is the mother of two sons and the grandmother of two. She and her husband live in Lower Saucon Township.
Tracy Pennycuick was sworn into her first term as a state representative on Jan. 4, 2021, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
For the 2021-22 Legislative Session she has been appointed to serve on the following committees: Commerce, Game and Fisheries, Urban Affairs, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.
Tracy is a United States Army combat veteran who retired from the military after 26 years of both active and reserve service. During her military career she served as a helicopter pilot, aviation maintenance officer, company commander, human resources officer, executive officer, efficiency expert and foreign liaison to the UK Ministry of Defense.
She continues to serve the veteran community as a volunteer veteran service officer and board member of several veteran-focused nonprofits.
She has also worked in the business consulting industry, aviation services industry, been a successful small business owner and served as the director of Veterans Affairs for Montgomery County.
Tracy has a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in public administration.
She lives in Harleysville with her husband, Rick. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.
Todd Stephens is a lifelong resident of Horsham Township where he lives with his wife Nicole and their two sons, Will and Ben. He is a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Shippensburg University. Then, while working full-time in the Montgomery County Prothontotary’s Office, Todd worked two part-time jobs while attending law school in the evenings at the Widener University School of Law.
After graduating law school, Todd served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where he would serve as the Captain of the Sex Crimes Unit, C.L.E.A.N. Team, Firearms and Major Crimes Units. Todd also was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Firearms Unit and focused on prosecuting Montgomery County’s most violent gun offenders in federal court. In almost 10 years as a prosecutor Todd achieved a 99 percent conviction rate handling over 1500 cases including 18 homicides.
Outside the courtroom, Todd served on the Horsham Planning Commission when Horsham was named the “15th Best Place to Live in America” by CNN/Money Magazine. He also served on the Reuse Subcommittee of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority for the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, and led the fight to ensure Willow Grove will never become a civilian or commercial airport.
Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010, Todd is currently serving his third term and serves on the Judiciary, Insurance, Consumer Affairs and Children and Youth Committees. He also Chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and has been tasked with leading the impeachment investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Since he was first elected, Todd has established himself as an effective, independent voice in Harrisburg working with members of both parties on critical issues affecting the Commonwealth and our community.
Citizens can contact state rep. Todd Stephens by calling (215)-368-5165, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting his website at www.reptoddstephens.com.
Elected Republicans Representing Montgomery County
Commissioner Joseph C. Gale is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Raised in Plymouth Township, he attended schools in the Colonial School District. He is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business where he earned a degree in Finance and Real Estate. While in college Joe held several leadership roles within
student government and community organizations.
Upon graduation from Temple University, Joe began working as a Recording Clerk in the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds department. In this position Joe saw first-hand county government at work and closely followed county operations. Joe then expanded his financial background in the private sector where he worked in the
mortgage division of one of the country’s largest home building corporations, NVR Inc.
Joe was elected commissioner in November 2015 after successfully running a grassroots, independent campaign, allowing him to join Commissioners Shapiro and Arkoosh on the board.
Joe believes that a common sense approach to government focused on putting people before politics will keep Montgomery County’s fiscal house in order and continue to make Montgomery county a great place to live, raise a family, work, and grow a business.
Citizens can contact County Commissioner Joe Gale by calling (610)-278-3020, emailing email@example.com.
Jury Commissioner Woods was elected to a four year term in 2013 and was sworn in by President Judge William Furber on January 2, 2014.
Governor Tom Corbett appointed Merry to the State Board of Professional Licensing and she was confirmed by the Senate in 2012.
Merry was elected to the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She serves on the Resolutions Committee.
Woods was elected Area 15 Leader in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She has won re-election as an Upper Dublin committee woman since 2000.
Merry plays an integral role with TARS – Teen Age RepublicanS – mentoring teens throughout the Commonwealth to develop and promote future leaders.
Merry is the mother of six sons and two daughters. She resides in Upper Dublin township with her family.
Citizens can contact Jury Commissioner Merry Woods by calling (610)-278-3215, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Jury Selection of the Montgomery County website www.montcopa.org.