Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi announced Monday that he is running for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 18th U.S. Congressional District.
The seat is now held by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, who is being challenged on the Republican primary by political newcomer Evan Feinberg.
“I’m running for congress because southwestern Pennsylvanians deserve a representative who will put the people of the 18th District ahead of partisan politics,” Maggi said. "For too long, too many politicians have put their political careers ahead of the interests of their constituents. As a father and a veteran I have spent my career finding practical solutions to real world problems, and I intend on bringing that approach with me to Washington.”
Maggi graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in education and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a state trooper for 24 years with the Pennsylvania State Police. He was elected as the sheriff of Washington County in 1998, and re-elected four years later, serving until 2003 when he won election to his current position as Washington County Commissioner.
“The people of Pennsylvania cannot afford more of the same partisan politics in Washington, D.C. It is some politicians' agenda to end Medicare as we know it, cut benefits to veterans, gut our education system, and deny tax breaks for the middle class,” Maggi said. “Pennsylvanians are fed up with what is going on in Washington, D.C."
Maggi is a lifelong resident of Washington County and currently lives in Buffalo Township with his wife, Mary Jeanne. They have four children: Bronwyn, Michele, Charlene and Paul, and two grandchildren, Ava and Ryan.
Murphy has served as the 18th district’s congressman since 2003. His new district, which is being redrawn due to reapportionment, contains the South Hills of Allegheny County, southern portions of Westmoreland County, and all of Washington and Greene counties except for the Mon Valley.