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Todd Russell Platts

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2001
Preceded by Bill Goodling

Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 196th district
In office
January 5, 1993[1] – November 30, 2000[2]
Preceded by Ruth Harper
Succeeded by Beverly Mackereth
Constituency Part of York County

Born March 5, 1962 (1962-03-05) (age 48)
York, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Leslie Platts
Residence York, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Shippensburg University, Pepperdine University
Occupation attorney
Religion Episcopalian

Todd Russell Platts (born March 5, 1962), American politician, is a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, currently representing the state's 19th Congressional district in the U.S. House since 2001. The district is located in south-central Pennsylvania, encompassing all of York and Adams Counties, and a large portion of Cumberland County. York, Hanover, Gettysburg and Carlisle are just some of the prominent cities and towns he represents.


Early life and career

Platts was born in York, Pennsylvania, on March 5, 1962. He graduated from York Suburban Senior High School in 1980. He continued his education locally, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1984. He then attended Pepperdine University School of Law, and graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1991.

Platts was first elected to public office in November 1992 when he was elected to represent the 196th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives upon the retirement of Ruth B. Harper.[3]


Platts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, after narrowly winning a crowded Republican primary, and easily defeating college professor Jeff Sanders, the Democratic nominee, in the general election. He replaced Congressman William F. Goodling, who chose not to run for re-election that year.

As a Congressman, Platts has supported many of the President George W. Bush's initiatives, tax cuts, drilling in ANWR, the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, the Iraq War, and a ban on same-sex marriage [1].

He opposed any version of Bush's school voucher proposal, supported offshore oil drilling, supported increasing governmently regulated fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, voted for the Matthew Shepard Act a hate crimes prevention bill, and supported the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation. A full list of "ratings" of Platts' voting record by both conservative and liberal organizations may be found at Ref. [2]; the National Journal political index describes him as having a moderate voting record despite the relatively conservative nature of his district [3] (though the district does include some exurbs of Baltimore, Maryland). That journal gave him "conservative" ratings of 53% (economy), 65% (social issues) and 73% (foreign policy) in the 2004 congress. Platts' district went 64-36 for Bush in 2004.

He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem-cell research. Early in his political career, after his initial election to the Pennsylvania House, Platts was pro-choice. However, he later changed his views and became pro-life. He remains so to this day, and has a pro-life voting record as a Congressman.

On recent fiscal measures, Platts has consistently voted against bail-outs of the financial industry and the automakers. He also voted against the economic stimulus legislation, the fiscal year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, and fiscal year 2010 Budget Resolution.

Platts ran unopposed by the Democratic Party during the 2002 or 2004 elections, although in 2002 he faced opposition in the Republican primary. He faced York College professor and decorated Vietnam Veteran Phil Avillo, Jr. the Democratic nominee, and Derf Maitland of the Green Party in the 2006 election. [4]. Platts won 64% of the vote to Avillo's 33% and Maitland's 3%. In 2008, Platts and Avillo faced off again. With 66.7% of the vote, Platts became the most electorally successful Republican Congressional candidate in the Northeast.

Congressional committee assignments

Committees of Representative Todd Russell Platts

See also


  1. ^ "Session of 1993 - 177th of the General Assembly - No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1993-01-03. 
  2. ^ Per Article II, Section 2 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the legislative session ended on November 30, 2000
  3. ^ "Todd R. Platts (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-01-25. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William F. Goodling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by


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