Ex-Congressman finds a new job

Tom Marino gave up his House seat earlier this year just a few months after winning reelection to a fifth term.

But he’s not jobless.

The 67-year-old Cogan Station resident is employed these days with Pace-O-Matic, an Atlanta-based company that designs software for games of skill.

“It’s nice. It’s a great company,” he said. “It’s been working out so far.”

Marino serves as the company’s vice president of government affairs/public relations and counsel.

It’s a job that offers some degree of flexibility for the former Congressman, who represented the state’s 10th and later 12th District, which includes Lycoming County.

Marino stepped down from Congress in February, citing health issues.

With Pace-O-Matic, there is far less traveling than that involved with being a federal lawmaker.

And, he gets to work mostly from home.

“I’ve done a little traveling,” he said. “It’s good that I’m home sleeping in my own bed every night.”

Marino said the company was after him for some time to come work for them.

He joked that one reason he took the job was to keep things happy at home.

“My wife said, ‘You can’t sit around the house all day. You’ll drive me nuts,’ “ he said.

His doctors gave him the go-ahead to work for the company.

Marino briefly outlined his health condition, which has included three kidney surgeries in the past 20 years.

“I’m operating on half a kidney,” he said.

In the meantime, he’s undergone medical evaluations for a possible kidney transplant.

Nevertheless, he said he’s feeling good and working out, noting that he has the “heart of a 25-year-old.”

When asked what he’s earning as a Pace-O-Matic employee, he said, “I’m making decent money. We will leave it at that.”

Marino said he feels good about the company, which supports Pennsylvania Skill Amusement Devices operated legally in many volunteer fire departments, American Legion halls and other clubs and organizations throughout the state.

He noted the distinction between slot machines and other games of chance being illegally operated in some venues and the skill amusement devices which also pay out money to winners.

Skill amusement devices are regulated, providing tax revenues for the state.

“It brings in a lot of revenue for the state and creates jobs,” he said.

The skill amusement machines also bring in much needed revenue for the clubs and organizations that house them, he added.