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Full House: David Rowe sworn in, bringing chamber to full complement

By: - September 17, 2019 3:52 pm

Republican David Rowe with the man whose former seat he wants, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller. (Via David Rowe Facebook)

For the first time this year, every corner of Pennsylvania will have a representative in the state House.

David Rowe, a fitness entrepreneur and former township supervisor, was sworn in Tuesday to represent the 85th District, which encompasses parts of Union and Snyder counties in the Susquehanna River valley. The district includes Selinsgrove and Lewisburg.

Tuesday’s special election in the Susquehanna River Valley will pit Democrat against Republican — against Republican

Rowe, who describes himself as a pro-business, pro-gun conservative, easily won a special election in August against Democrat Jennifer Rager-Kay, a UPMC doctor, and write-in candidate Clair Moyer, a registered Republican.

“The times I’d break with Republicans is when they slip to the more liberal side,” he told the Capital-Star during the campaign.

Rowe will succeed former state representative Fred Keller, who now represents the 12th district in Congress.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.