U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne), who represents a portion of the midstate, has signed on to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, the incoming administration announced today.
In a separate statement, Barletta said:
“It is a great honor to be asked by the next President of the United States to be part of the team that will help put together the new administration to take office in just two months. As I said many times during the campaign, I have seen the ‘Board Room Donald Trump’ when I sat in meetings with him. In those sessions, he always sought the input of those around him and listened to their opinions and ideas. I anticipate that he will expect similar counsel from his transition team. It is an exciting time, as we will be assembling the people who will be tackling the problems facing the country and making America great again. I appreciate the confidence President-elect Trump has shown in me and I take on the responsibility with humility and the resolve to perform to the best of my abilities.”
It remains unclear what role Barletta could play in the new administration beyond the transition. Barletta, who went to Congress in 2011, once owned a pavement marking company. He also was mayor of Hazleton, where he became known for his efforts to stop illegal immigration.
Trump will be sworn in as president on Jan. 20.
Joining Barletta on the transition team from Pennsylvania is U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming). Trump’s children also are part of the team being led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Here’s the full list.
“President-elect Trump will bring about fundamental change in Washington, and these are the right people to make that happen,” Pence said in a statement. “This team of experienced leaders will form the building blocks of our Presidential Transition Team staff leadership roster, and will work with elected officials and tireless volunteers to prepare our government for the transfer of power on January 20th.”
This list isn’t the only one that may matter to political-savvy people this week. Prior to Tuesday’s election, Trump’s team unveiled a “help wanted” post online about the transition and potential opportunities in Washington, D.C.
More than 4,000 political appointees will be heading out the door next year with the change in administrations.