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.