Last updated on: 1/9/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Scarnati Biography

Title:
Pennsylvania State Senator (R-25th)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Many states are enacting tougher immigration laws, and it’s time for Pennsylvania to follow suit and stop providing government benefits and services to the growing number of illegal aliens entering our country. Pennsylvania residents should not be asked to sacrifice their hard-earned dollars to support those who have entered this country illegally. That’s why I recently introduced legislation in the Senate [2007 Pennsylvania State Bill] that would prohibit illegal aliens who are living in Pennsylvania from receiving public benefits, including Medicaid, welfare and in-state college tuition and face tighter scrutiny when applying for services.”

“Scarnati to Illegal Aliens – NO MORE BENEFITS,” www.senatorscarnati.com, Summer 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Pennsylvania State Senator, 1988 – present
  • President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2007
  • Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, 2006
  • Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Labor and Industry Committee
  • Majority Deputy Whip, Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Councilman, Brockway Borough, Pennsylvania, 1986-1994
  • Council, Jefferson County Development, 1986-1994
Education:
  • BA, Business Administration, Penn State University at DuBois, 1982
Other:
  • Member of the National Rifle Association