Pa. Sen. Pat Browne projected to lose re-election bid

By: - May 18, 2022 12:11 am

A four-term Republican state Senator in Pennsylvania is projected to lose his re-election bid.

Unofficial results in Lehigh County show that challenger Jarrett Coleman defeated Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, in the primary election. Lehigh County declared Coleman, a Parkland School board director and airline pilot, the winner late Tuesday night.

The GOP challenger received 10,302 votes. Browne garnered 9,196 votes.

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Browne, who served for 10 years in the state House of Representatives, was first elected to the Senate in 2005. He currently serves as chairperson of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Coleman campaigned on ending the pension system of lawmakers and supporting term limits.

“It’s time we return the government to working for the people and not the people working for the government,” he said in a statement on his campaign website. “Our elected officials work for us, not the other way around. It’s time we remind them of this.”

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Marley Parish
Marley Parish

A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.

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