Brad Koplinski

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Brad Koplinski
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg City Council
High schoolKankakee High School (1987)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois-Chicago
J.D.New England School of Law (1995)
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Brad Koplinski was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2014 elections. Koplinski is a Harrisburg City Councilman. He announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor at the Capitol on February 4, 2013.[1] He lost in the primary.


Outside the government arena, Koplinski's professional background includes authoring a book entitled of Hats In The Ring: Conversations with Presidential Candidates and teaching courses on subjects ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. and consumer protection to history at Central Pennsylvania College.[2]

He worked in Washington D.C. for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and for the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel. Back in Pennsylvania, Koplinski served as a policy analyst for Pennsylvania Auditor General, helping carry out the watchdog department's audits of tax-payer funded government agencies on the federal and state level, as well as agency policies to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their spending practices.

Koplinski put his political activism on display for a number of campaigns. In 2008, he was the controller for the 2008 Obama-Biden Pennsylvania campaign, State Political Director for former Senator Arlen Specter, and Central Pennsylvania Political Director for former Senator Hillary Clinton.[2]


Koplinski holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.



See also: Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Koplinski ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor but failed to win the Democratic nomination in the primary in May 2014.[1]


Koplinski lost the primary to Mike Stack.

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Stack 46.8% 351,627
Mark Critz 15.9% 119,334
Mark Smith 14.6% 109,519
Brad Koplinski 11.9% 89,524
Brandon Neuman 10.8% 81,438
Total Votes 751,442
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


Koplinski was first elected to the Harrisburg City Council in 2007.[2]


Koplinski currently resides in Midtown Harrisburg with his dog Truman. He once appeared on television as a contestant on Jeopardy.[2]

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