Pat Toomey was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1998 to represent Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional District. Toomey serves on the House Committees on Budget, Banking and Financial Services, and Small Business, as well as, the House Republican Policy Committee. Additionally, Toomey was appointed by House Budget Committee Chairman, John Kasich, R-Ohio, to a bipartisan Task Force on Social Security and was appointed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., to serve on the Speaker’s Congressional Ministerial Advisory Delegation to the World Trade Organization. Toomey’s top legislative priorities include issues of a smaller government, reducing taxes, protecting and strengthening Social Security, promoting our nation’s defense, and returning freedom to our daily lives. Focusing on these important priorities, Toomey successfully authored and the House passed, H.Con.Res. 208, a House Resolution stating that Congress should not raid the Social Security surplus or raise taxes in order to fund additional federal government programs. National taxpayer, senior-friendly and government watchdog groups endorsed Toomey’s efforts. Toomey worked diligently on the Committee on Budget to control federal spending, keep the federal budget balanced and not spend the Social Security surplus. Toomey led an effort, during Operation Allied Force, to make sure our NATO allies paid their fair share of the conflict in the Balkans. Through intense lobbying of his colleagues, Toomey was successful in having language included in the legislation, which was signed into law, that required President Clinton to seek these burdensharing reimbursements from our NATO allies. Staying true to the principles of promoting a citizen legislature and controlled fiscal spending, Toomey voted against a pay raise for Members of Congress and has vowed to return the pay raise to the U.S. Treasury. On the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, Toomey relied heavily on his previous work experience in investment banking and international financial services to help craft H.R. 10 -- landmark banking reform legislation. In addition to his previous experience in international finance and prior to his election, Toomey founded Toomey Enterprises, Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his brothers. The family restaurant business now employs over 100 people at two restaurants located in Allentown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, Toomey has been active in civic and community boards, such as Mercy Special Learning, the YMCA and the Sertoma Club. In 1999, he was awarded the U.S. Marine Corps Man-of-the-Year and named “Friend of Seniors” by a national seniors advocacy group. Toomey, 38, is a 1984 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in government. Toomey lives with his wife, Kris, in Allentown and they attend Saint Thomas More Catholic Church.