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Candidate for
Pennsylvania State Senate District 37
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
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Sue Means was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 37 of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Means earned her bachelor's of science in Nursing from West Virginia University. After her graduation she work in Pittsburgh Children's Hospital's neurosurgical unit. Means has also worked in several campaigns including the those of Rick Santorum and Pat Toomey. She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and 4-H. Means is a third degree black belt in karate, and has worked as a volunteer instructor. She is married to her husband, Jim. They have five children.[1]

PoliticsPA has named the District 37 Republican primary one of Pennsylvania's top ten most interesting legislative primaries in 2012.[2]


Campaign themes


On her 2012 campaign website, Means outlines her campaign themes and policy goals:

  • Fiscal Responsibility:
  • Cutting Government Spending: "The solution to our budget problems is not to raise taxes; government must learn to live within its means. We must cut government spending and decrease the burden of regulations and taxes on business; doing so will allow the free market to operate efficiently, resulting in robust job creation and additional revenues for state government. A market creates prosperity and lifts people out of poverty."
  • Creating Jobs: "We are competing with other states and nations for business and jobs, and we are losing. I support the comprehensive reform of our business tax system to make Pennsylvania more business friendly."
  • Reducing the Size of Government: "Pennsylvania needs to return to a part-time legislature and establish term limits. Pennsylvania is one of only four states with a full-time legislature. Making the General Assembly a part-time body with a limited number of session days would result in lower taxes and less government."
  • Energy Independence:
  • Clean Coal Energy: "I am for clean air and water and developing technology for the future, but the present political climate is placing Americans on a reckless path when it places coal, oil, and natural gas off limits. This makes Americans more dependent on foreign oil and forces us to convert to technology that is not yet economically feasible."
  • Natural Gas & Marcellus Shale: "In 2009, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale activity created 44,000 jobs and generated $400 million in state and local tax revenue... I am opposed to a severance tax on natural gas because it would negatively impact the industry’s development and stunt Pennsylvania’s economic recovery."
  • Repeal Act 129: "I want to repeal Act 129, a mandate for energy rationing in Pennsylvania. This is a perplexing move for a state with an abundance of natural resources that never experiences rolling power blackouts... its true intentions will be revealed when it is implemented by a forced reduction of energy consumption and price increases."
  • Defending the Constitution:
  • Second Amendment: "As your state representative, I will pledge to defend and support the Pennsylvania Constitution which states: 'The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.'"
  • Healthcare: "The Pennsylvania legislature needs to stand against the Federal Government and tell them that they have no constitutional authority to regulate the health care of Pennsylvania’s citizens."
  • Protecting the Sanctity of Life: "I am committed to protecting the sanctity of life. I am opposed to abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research."



On April 10, the Republican primary candidates participated in a debate hosted by the Peters Township Republicans. Video of the debate can be found here.



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Means ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 37. Means and Mark Mustio were defeated by D. Raja in the Republican primary on April 24. [3][4]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngD. Raja 43.6% 10,035
Mark Mustio 24.7% 5,691
Sue Means 31.6% 7,281
Total Votes 23,007


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Means was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and lost to incumbent Democrat Matthew Smith in the November 2 general election for House District 42.[5]

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