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Born on July 4th 1975, Whidbey Island Naval Base in Washington State, Jeff Coleman’s early interest in politics was first stirred in the Republic of the Philippines. His mother Milan, a native Filipino, and his father Rev. Keith Coleman, returned to the islands in the 1980’s where the family served as missionaries in Manila. It was there that Coleman watched the events surrounding the overthrow of a twenty-year dictator, and the restoration of democratic rule. Coleman credits the personalities and events of the “People Power Revolution” with his passion for public service

Coleman was first elected to the Pennsylvania House in 2000 in a widely reported upset victory against a longtime incumbent. Although vastly under financed, his first victory was attributed to an aggressive “door-to-door,” grassroots campaign and hundreds of campaign volunteers. He was the youngest House member elected that year, and was overwhelmingly re-elected on both the Republican and Democratic ballots for a second term in 2002.

A former borough councilman, and intern to U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Coleman’s life before state politics included work stocking shelves and cashiering at a local grocery store, waiting tables, and time as radio news anchor in college. He holds a B.S. in Government from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he met and married his wife.

Coleman’s first term earned him high marks from colleagues and constituents., and numerous commentators have dubbed him a “rising star” in Republican statewide politics. His “Action Team” outreach programs to thousands of students in public and private high schools, as well as his trademark “Eggs and Issues” breakfasts have given 60th District constituents new access to government and a strong link to their representative.

Representative Coleman is regarded as an emerging leader in the Asian-American Community. He is the first Filipino-American elected to the Pennsylvania House. He and his wife Rebecca reside in Apollo with their dog Trudy.