Tom Houghton

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Tom Houghton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 16
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania State House District 13
Campaign website
Tom Houghton is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[1]

He was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 13.[2]


Houghton earned his B.A. from LaSalle University in 1991. He went on to receive his J.D. from Widener University in 1995. Houghton worked as a law clerk for Jonathan M. Levin and Associates from 1988 to 1996. He has worked as a private practice attorney since 1997.

Houghton has served as supervisor/chair of the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors since 2002. In 2006, he was a candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, but he was not elected. He was elected to the Pennsylvania House in the following election in 2008. He served in that position until 2010, representing the 13th District.

Committee assignments

While a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Houghton served on the following committees:



See also: Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Houghton is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 16th District.[2] Houghton won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He defeated Raja Kittappa.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Houghton 59.9% 7,280
Raja Kittappa 40.1% 4,867
Total Votes 12,147
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Houghton lost his bid for re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the May 18 Democratic primary but lost to Republican John Lawrence in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Houghton won election to the 13th District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with 15,889 votes, defeating Republican John Lawrence (15,453) and Independent Ronald Hershey (2,028).[4]

Houghton raised $412,220 for his campaign, while Lawrence raised $262,895 and Hershey raised $3,451.[5]

Pennsylvania State House, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Tom Houghton (D) Green check mark transparent.png 15,889 47.6%
John Lawrence (R) 15,453 46.3%
Ronald Hershey (I) 2,028 6.1%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Houghton's reports.[6]

Tom Houghton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$0.00$29,587.39$(12,616.47)$16,970.92
Running totals


Houghton and his wife, Danelle, have two children.

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Preceded by
Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 13
Succeeded by
John Lawrence (R)