Representative Lou Barletta has represented the people of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District since being sworn in on January 5th, 2011.
Lou currently serves on three important committees to central, northeastern, and south central Pennsylvania: the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which plays a critical role in economic development and job growth; the Education and Workforce Committee, which focuses on improving our education system to produce competitive, qualified future workers and the Committee on Homeland Security, which helps protect the American people and our borders. Barletta serves as Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Born and raised in Hazleton, Lou left his family businesses to create his own company with his wife, Mary Grace, building one of the largest companies of its kind in the country.
Lou’s political career began with his election to Hazleton City Council in 1998. He went on to win the race for Mayor in 2000 and was re-elected with more than 90 percent of the vote. As Mayor, Lou inherited a massive budget shortfall. Through tough, fiscally responsible decisions, he was able to turn his city around.
In addition to the financial crisis, Lou was faced with a serious illegal immigration problem in Hazleton. His leadership on this issue earned him national attention for his first-of-its-kind Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which has served as a blueprint for many other communities across the United States facing similar problems.
Lou and Mary Grace are the parents of four daughters, Kelly, April, Lindsey, and Grace, and have three grandchildren, Gabriel Louis, Madeleine Grace, and Julia Mae.