Josh First

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Josh First
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Candidate for
Pennsylvania State Senate District 15
Bachelor'sPenn State University
Master'sVanderbilt University
Campaign website
Josh First was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 15 of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

First earned his B.A. in government from Penn State and his M.A. in government from Vanderbilt University. After completing his master's degree, First worked for the Environmental Protection Agency until 1998. After leaving the EPA, he began work for the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. He left the department to found the PA office of the Conservation Fund where he served as director for over three years. First left the Fund, working as interim director of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy before taking a position as executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. In 2005, he served as Treasurer for the Growing Greener II Campaign.

First currently operates a real estate consulting business. He is also a member of a number of several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation, and the National Rifle Association. First is married and has three children.[1]

PoliticsPA has named the District 15 primary one of Pennsylvania's top ten most interesting legislative primaries in 2012.[2]


Campaign themes


On his 2012 campaign website (dead link), First outlines his campaign themes and policy goals:

  • "Implement the principle of limited government in all aspects of state and federal government."
  • "Put the US and Pennsylvania Constitutions first in the formation of all law."
  • "Fight for and demand a balanced budget every year."
  • "Josh will impose term limits by self-limiting himself to three terms."



On March 8, Harrisburg Hope sponsored a debate for the District 15 primary candidates. Coverage of the debate can be found here.



First was endorsed by Firearms Owners Against Crime.[3]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

First ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 15. First and William Seeds were defeated by John McNally in the Republican primary on April 24. Incumbent Republican Jeffrey Piccola did not seek re-election. [4][5]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McNally 48.4% 11,216
William Seeds 25.5% 5,908
Josh First 26.1% 6,049
Total Votes 23,173

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