Rep. Fred Keller won a seat in Congress. Voters will pick his replacement on Aug. 20

    A screenshot from Republican 12th Congressional District Fred Keller's new campaign ad.

    OK, voters of the 85th House District, get ready for another election.

    On Tuesday, state House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced he’s set an Aug. 20 special election date for the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Fred Keller, who won last week’s special election for the 12th Congressional District.

    Keller beat Democrat Marc Friedenberg, of Centre County, for a seat that’s been vacant since January, when five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino announced he was stepping down due to illness.

    As ever, candidates for the office will be picked by local Republican and Democratic party chieftains. Turzai’s office said Tuesday that Keller’s legislative office, in Mifflinburg, Pa., is open for business. Constituents who need help can call (570) 966-0052 for assistance, or to make an appointment to see someone.

    The website,, “will also redirect constituents to many state documents and other helpful information,” Turzai’s office said in a statement.

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.


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