Bryan R. Lentz is a Democratic member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 161st legislative district since 2007. His district is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. On September 11, 2009 Lentz announced that he has assembled a campaign team to seek the Democratic party nomination to succeed Joe Sestak as the congressman representing Pennsylvania's 7th District. On November 12, 2009, he formally announced his candidacy for the seat in the 2010 election, and is considered by many to be the front-runner in the Democratic primary. The presumptive Republican opponent will be Pat Meehan. Lentz is one of the Fighting Dems.
A fourth generation army veteran, Lentz attended Valley Forge Military Academy and earned a degree in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1986 on a full army scholarship. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry and was assigned to the Second Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC. Lentz served overseas in Iraq, where he commanded a Civil Affairs unit assisting with improving infrastructure and rebuilding civil governance in Mosul, Iraq. Lentz also served with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula and with NATO peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. He earned the Bronze Star and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Lentz earned a law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1993. He has worked as attorney in private practice and for six years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
In 2006, he planned to run for the United States House of Representatives in the Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district against Curt Weldon. After discussions with party officials, however, Lentz decided to bow out in favor of Rear Admiral Joe Sestak. Instead, he ran for the State House. He defeated Republican incumbent Tom Gannon with 51.5% of the vote.
In 2008 Lentz won reelection to the State House, defeating Republican challenger Joseph Hackett, and increasing his share of the vote to 55.4%.
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Bryan R. Lentz official PA House website
- Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Bryan Lentz official caucus website
- Bryan Lentz for Congress official Congressional campaign website