Joe Hoeffel

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Former Pennsylvania Congressman and 2004 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Ran against incumbent Arlen Specter.

Hoeffel was first elected to represent Pennsylvania's 13th District in Congress in 1998, succeeding Republican Jon Fox. He was consistently more liberal than some of his Democratic colleagues in the Pennsylvania delegation, such as Robert Borski, Frank Mascara, John Murtha, Paul Kanjorski, and Tim Holden. In 2002 Hoeffel's district north of Philadelphia was combined with Borski's due to a Republican redistricting plan, setting up a potentially nasty primary between the two. Borski, however, chose to step aside after 10 terms (20 years) in the House, and Hoeffel easily won the new 13th District in November. He served out his third term, but vacated his seat in 2004 to challenge Senator Arlen Specter. He lost the race 53% to 41%.

Hoeffel's Progressive Record

OrganizationLatest YearJoe Hoeffel's Rating
NEA (National Education Association)2003100%
AFT (American Federation of Teachers)2001-2002100%
Alliance for Retired Americans2003100%
Sierra Club2003100%
League of Conservation Voters200395%
Planned Parenthood2003100%
Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violencesince 1991100%
NRA (National Rifle Association)2002F

External Links

  • Joe Hoeffel for Senate Official Campaign Website
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