Honorable Patrick J. Toomey
Doctor of Letters
Sen. Pat Toomey was elected to the US Senate from Pennsylvania on a platform of limited government, economic and job growth, and restoring fiscal responsibility.
Since joining the Senate in 2011, he has distinguished himself as a leader on economic, financial services and budget issues. He is known as a champion of fiscal responsibility and, in his first year in the Senate, was appointed to the bipartisan Super Committee tasked with forming a deficit reduction plan.
He authored a series of bills that became the foundation for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act. The JOBS Act cuts regulatory burdens on small and medium-sized businesses, making it easier for them to raise much-needed capital and create thousands of jobs. It passed the House and Senate in a bipartisan fashion, was signed by President Barack Obama and is now the law of the land.
The senator serves on the Finance; Banking; Budget; and Joint Economic committees; and he is the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee—the coalition of Republican senators that advocates for innovative, conservative policies. He also is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, as well as of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy. Additionally, he serves on the following subcommittees: Securities, Insurance and Investment; Housing, Transportation and Community Development; Health Care; Taxation and IRS Oversight.
Sen. Toomey previously served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District, where he championed economic growth and fiscal discipline. In fulfillment of his three-term pledge, he retired from the House in 2004.
In addition to his public service, the senator has served as president of the Club for Growth, owned and operated a small restaurant chain in the Lehigh Valley, and worked in the financial services industry.
A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in Zionsville with his wife, Kris, and their three children.