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Wagner juggles businesses, political life

Motivational signs are displayed in state Sen. Scott Wagner’s state capitol office. The York County Republican won a March 2014 special election as a write-in candidate. He then ran in the May primary to keep the seat and won re-election in November. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

When talking about his daily life, state Sen. Scott Wagner uses speedy metaphors.

“I’m running at 140 mph,” the York County Republican says. “I don’t have anybody with me going under 100 mph.”

Wagner, who owns all or part of five businesses in three states, compared himself to a pilot and his 15 or so closest employees to the instruments.

“I’m flying a fighter jet every day, and I have 50 gauges to look at,” he said.

When trying to juggle the responsibilities of a state senator with those of a business owner, time management and the right people are the keys to success, he said.

“Nothing has changed, except that I have an office in Harrisburg,” he said. “It’s surrounding yourself with successful and high-achieving people.”

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Wagner ran in three elections in 2014.

He won a special election in March as a write-in candidate to replace Mike Waugh, who retired in January. Wagner took 47 percent of the vote. He then ran in the May primary to keep the seat and won re-election in November.

Meanwhile, he is president of Penn Waste Inc. in East Manchester Township, York County. The company had $50 million in revenue in 2013, according to Business Journal records. He also is president and owner of KBS Inc., a trucking company based in the Thomasville area of Jackson Township. That company did $11 million in revenue in 2013, according to Business Journal records.

Wagner also owns Continental Engines Inc. in Greenville, S.C., an engine and engine parts company, and Earth First Services, a waste hauling and recycling business based in Fort Wayne, Ind. He owns 50 percent of Eagle Disposal of Pa. Inc. in East Earl Township, Lancaster County.

Joseph Deinlein

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