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State lawmaker eyes U.S. House seat

State Rep. Fred Keller, R-Mifflinburg, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the 12th congressional seat, which includes Lycoming County.

Keller, 53, has represented Union and Snyder counties in the state House of Representatives for the past nine years.

While serving as a legislator, he has been recognized by the American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, the National Federation of Independent Business, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Prior to being a lawmaker, he was employed by Conestoga Wood Specialties, where he served as plant operations manager.

He also was a business owner, managing properties and serving as a general contractor.

Keller is a lifetime member of the NRA.

He is pro-life.

If elected, Keller said he will work to secure U.S. borders, promote economic and tax policies that help families and small businesses, and support the military and back a foreign policy that puts America first.

He said that job training and ending the opioid crisis will be priorities.

“My conservative record in Harrisburg, along with my business background, makes me well suited to represent the people of the district,” Keller said. “I have a proven record of working hard to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and attract jobs, standing up for taxpayers, promoting agriculture, and tirelessly supporting local families and businesses.

“I’ll work just as hard in Washington. I’ll support President Trump and stand up to Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats in Congress who want to increase taxes and take our nation in the wrong direction.”

Keller has been a member of the First Reformed Church in Sunbury for more than 30 years and served as a deacon in the church.

Keller has been married to his wife, Kay, for 34 years. They have two adult children, Jamie and Freddie, and two granddaughters.