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Candidate for
Pennsylvania State Senate District 29
Bachelor'sBoston University
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Brian Rich was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 29 of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Rich is a graduate of Boston University and owner of Reading Anthracite Coal Co. He served on the Pottsville Hospital and Waren Clinic board and chaired the Pennsylvania Anthracite Council. Rich also volunteers with the Boy Scouts. He is married to his wife, Valerie. They have five children.

PoliticsPA has named the District 29 primary one of Pennsylvania's top ten most interesting legislative primaries in 2012.[1]


Campaign themes


On his (timed out) 2012 campaign website, Rich outlines his campaign themes and policy goals:

  • Reforming the Broken Pension System: "While Brian supports honoring the current agreements we have already made to current state employees. He also believes we need to make sure that new and future state employees, including politicians, take part in defined contribution system instead of continuing the unsustainable defined benefit system that is currently in place."
  • Cutting Government Spending: "Rich will fight to end the pork barrel spending that is hurting our economy and pushing more and more debt onto future generations. Brian supports a taxpayer protection act that forces government to live within its means and cuts waste at every corner."
  • Creating and Retaining Jobs: "Brian will work to reduce government regulations and business taxes that stifle job creation, promote central Pennsylvania as a logical place to start and grow a business, and curb government spending that hinders our economy."
  • Eliminating Property Taxes: "Brian will author legislation to reform the way the pension system is funded, while eliminating the high property taxes forced upon us by special-interest funded politicians in Harrisburg."
  • Preserving Our Shared Conservative Values: "Brian personally believes in protecting the sanctity of every human life. He believes marriage should be between one man and one woman and that we should always stand up to protect our liberty and our Second Amendment rights. That’s why he is a proud member of the NRA."
  • Reforming Harrisburg: " Brian supports eliminating the excessive perks and benefits that politicians receive and that taxpayers foot the bill for. Brian will lead by example. He will not take the controversial per diems legislators receive just for showing up for work and Brian will not take their costly healthcare package either. Finally, Brian will NEVER support an unconstitutional midnight pay raise like the politicians did a few years ago."



On April 13, the Republican primary candidates participated in a debate on "The Sam Lesante Show." A video of the debate can be found below:[2]

Campaign ad controversy

Rich has filed suit over opponent David Argall's claim that Rich accepted $5 million dollars in stimulus money. Fact checkers with PoliticsPA say Rich applied for, but did not receive, the stimulus money. The money would have gone to the Broad Mountain Wind Energy Center, but the application was withdrawn before any funds were given.[3][4]

In addition, Rich's brother, John Rich, has filed a lawsuit against Argall over campaign statements about Ultra Clean Fuels. John Rich argues that the statements have hurt his company's ability to secure private investment. The company has produced an ad responding to Argall's claims. However, Argall how now filed a complaint over the ad, arguing that it violates election laws.[5]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Rich ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 29. Rich was defeated by incumbent David Argall in the April 24 Republican primary. [6][7]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Argall Incumbent 54.4% 12,610
Brian Rich 45.6% 10,550
Total Votes 23,160

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