Meet Congressman Conor Lamb
Representing Pennsylvania’s 18th District and running for re-election in Pennsylvania's new 17th District
Congressman-elect Conor Lamb is a Marine and former federal prosecutor who was elected on March 13, 2018 to represent Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district in Congress, which includes parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Lamb defeated Republican Rick Saccone in the March 13th Special Election to represent the district for the remainder of 2018, filling the seat left open after former Rep. Tim Murphy's resignation.
In February 2018, the state supreme court issued a new congressional map for the 2018 elections, changing the districts in southwestern Pennsylvania and placing Lamb into the new 17th district, which includes all of Beaver County, much of western and northern Allegheny County, and parts of Cranberry Township in Butler County. Lamb said throughout the special election that he would run for a full term in 2018 no matter where the lines were drawn, and on March 20 the Congressman-elect filed more than 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot in the new 17th district. Lamb was unopposed in the May 15th Democratic primary, and will now face Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus, who represents the current 12th district, in the November general election.
Despite being significantly outspent in the special election by super PACs and special interest groups, Lamb's grassroots campaign raised more than $5 million, with an average individual contribution of about $33. A vocal advocate for campaign finance reform, Lamb started the campaign by refusing to accept donations from corporate PACs, and was endorsed and supported by End Citizens United, a grassroots organization dedicated to reversing the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and getting big money out of politics.
Lamb's campaign focused on the need for new leaders in Congress who work together and get things done for working families. His priorities include creating good jobs and investing in infrastructure, protecting Social Security and Medicare, making health care more affordable for all Americans, taking comprehensive action to fight the heroin crisis, and reforming our student loan system. A vocal supporter of organized labor, throughout the campaign Lamb highlighted his commitment to help strengthen unions, make it easier for workers to organize, raise the minimum wage and fight for better pay, benefits and conditions for all working people. Lamb has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the Allegheny County Labor Council, United Steelworkers of America, United Mine Workers of America, SEIU, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, Social Security Works, and the National Committee to Preserve Medicare & Social Security, among many other labor unions and progressive organizations.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2014-2017, Lamb led prosecutions against drug dealers and violent criminals and helped establish the Justice Department's Pittsburgh office as a national leader in the fight against the heroin epidemic, working to build partnerships between law enforcement and community members in places that have been hit hardest by the crisis.
Prior to his appointment as a federal prosecutor, Lamb was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He completed active duty service in 2013 and continues to serve as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Lamb, 33, resides in Mt. Lebanon, where he grew up. He went to Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School (2002), and went to college and law school at the University of Pennsylvania (2006, 2009).