Louis J. Barletta
Louis J. Barletta, U. S. Representative represents the people of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Rep. Barletta was first sworn in on January 5, 2011.
Illegal immigration is a very important issue for Rep. Barletta, who first tackled the problem when he was mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was the first mayor in the country to introduce and sign into law local ordinances cracking down against businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens, and has since become a national figure in the fight against illegal immigration.
As a small business owner, Representative Barletta saw how government regulation and taxes could affect the bottom line. Even though he had very little interest in politics, he decided to run for a slot on Hazleton City Council. He was first elected to council in 1998, then was elected mayor in 2000.
Rep. Barletta and his wife Mary Grace live in Hazleton. They are the parents of four grown daughters: Kelly, April, Lindsey, and Grace, and have three grandchildren: Gabriel Louis, Madeleine Grace, Julia Mae, and Christopher Joseph.