Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District spoke to the club on April 6th.
Pictured is Congressman Barletta (left) receiving the Rotary Golden Rule with the 4-Way Test from program chair Mike McConahy. Congressman Barletta spoke to the club about his background and growing up in Hazelton. He spoke of how he struggled to find a vocation but ended up running a successful business before serving on the town Council and becoming mayor for three terms. He explained for each of the changes in vocation, the things that had occurred in his life and work which drove him to do what he did. The frustrations with government at each level led him to want to become more involved in the political process as a way to make the changes which he thought were needed. This also let him to run for Congress to which he was elected in 2011. 
He currently serves on three House committees: the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as the Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee; the House Homeland Security Committee, where he serves on the Counterterrorism and Intelligence subcommittee; and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He entertained and enlightened the club with stories of his experiences along his journey and we thank him for taking the time to meet with us.