When U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA6) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) are sworn in for their second terms in Washington Thursday they will become part of what may be the most diverse Congress in U.S. History.
Under the newly redrawn map of the Sixth Congressional District Gerlach will represent all of Tredyffrin Easttown. Until now a small part of TE was included in the Seventh Congressional District which will again be represented by Patrick Meehan (R-PA7) in the new 113th Congress.
A career politician, Gerlach was first elected to Congress in 2002 after serving more than a decade in the Pennsylvania State House and Senate. You can read his official biography on Gerlach's House website.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will be sworn in for his second six year term on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Thursday. The son of former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, the Senator served eight years as Pennsylvania's Auditor General and two years as State Treasurer. He defeated coal mining executive Tom Smith to win re-election in November.
According to an article in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, the 113th Congress which will be seated Thursday is among the most diverse ever. According to the article: "there will be over 90 new members of Congress sworn into office on Thursday — a diverse group of men, women, straight, gay, married, single, well-known and unknown."