JOSEPH M. HOEFFEL
Congressman Joe Hoeffel is a Democratic Member of
Congress from Pennsylvania’s 13th District, which includes
a majority of Montgomery County in suburban Philadelphia.
Hoeffel is a member of the Budget
Committee, the International
Relations Committee, and the Science
Joe is serving his second term in Congress, and since arriving in the
nation’s Capital in January 1999 has worked hard on promoting fiscal
restraint, paying down our national debt, reforming education, improving
international relations, protecting the environment and expanding health
At home, Joe works zealously at maintaining good contact with his
constituents. He conducts "Saturdays with Joe", which include
town meetings, supermarket visits and other appearances throughout the
district each month, and "Cuppa Joe with Joe", where he visits
diners and restaurants on Saturday mornings to chat with constituents.
Joe also works "Joe’s Job Days", when he spends one day
each month in a different job to better understand what his constituents
experience on the job. Joe has already spent a day on tour with the
Norristown police, a library assistant, a pharmacy technician, a UPS
driver’s helper and a Social Studies teacher.
Joe has worked hard to bring federal money back to Montgomery County,
including over $50 million in his first term alone. He brought a public
health center to Norristown; secured millions of dollars in SEPTA
funding; brought $2 million to regional private colleges to establish a
program to train public school teachers; helped establish the Center for
Sustainable Development at Temple University-Ambler with a federal grant
of $2 million; and helped restore $3 million in Title I education funds
to Montgomery County school districts.
Joe has introduced legislation to create a veterans’ cemetery at Valley Forge
National Historical Park; to eliminate wasteful Corporate Welfare; to
reform federal funding to public schools and provide an additional $35
billion; and to bring antique and replica firearms under the same
federal regulations as modern firearms.
He has also fought for the Patients’ Bill of
Rights that would reform HMOs; is committed to preserving Social
Security and Medicare and providing a prescription drug plan for seniors
under Medicare; and is supporting legislation that would slow suburban
sprawl and make our communities more livable.
As a member of the International Relations Committee, Joe strongly
supports a vigorous role for the United States in international efforts
to bring peace to the Middle East and the Balkans and to build the
international coalition against terrorism. Joe is also promoting
legislation that will make America safer from terrorist attacks.
Joe, 51, is a life-long resident of Montgomery County. In 1976, he
was first elected as a state representative, becoming the first Democrat
to represent the Abington area in 60 years. Joe served four terms in the
State House from 1977 to 1984. In 1991, Joe was elected to the first of
two terms as county commissioner, serving through 1998.
In 1996, Joe ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, challenging a
freshman incumbent and lost by just 84 votes. In 1998 he was elected to
Congress, and in 2000 was re-elected.
Joe is a graduate of William Penn Charter School, Boston University
and Temple University School of Law. He has been married for 24 years to
Francesca, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health
nursing. They have two children – Mary, 21, and Jake, 19.
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