Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Lou Barletta, today announced endorsements from Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) lodges from across Pennsylvania.

Barletta received endorsements from the FOP Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1, the nation’s oldest FOP lodge representing 900 active and 965 retired members of law enforcement in Pittsburgh; the Le-Hampton Lodge 35 FOP, representing 40 police departments across the Lehigh Valley; and the Hazleton FOP Lodge 18, representing members of law enforcement with whom Barletta worked while mayor of Hazleton.
 
“It is an honor to have the support from the men and women of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement,” Barletta said. “As a former mayor, I know firsthand the risks our police officers take day in and day out to keep us safe. As a senator, I will always have their backs.”
 
Barletta’s local FOP endorsements come after the Pennsylvania state FOP chose not to endorse in the Senate race – a blow to Senator Bob Casey, who was endorsed by the state FOP lodge in 2012 but has since sided with radical liberal activists against our law enforcement according to the Barletta campaign.
 
The campaign goes on to say Barletta has a strong record of supporting law enforcement citing the following bills Barletta has introduced or co-sponsored: 
 
H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, amending the federal criminal code to include the killing or attempted killing of a local or state law enforcement officer, firefighter, or first responder as an aggravating factor in federal death penalty determinations. 
 
H.R. 613, the Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017,improving protections for correctional officers. 
 
H.R. 472, the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act, supplying pepper spray to federal prison officers or employees who may respond to emergency situations with inmates. 
 
H.R. 4993, Eric’s Law, which aims to deliver justice to victims and their families in federal death penalty cases by permitting prosecutors to impanel a second jury for sentencing if the first jury fails to reach a unanimous sentencing decision.
 
H.R. 2443the Department of Homeland Security Classified Facility Inventory Actunanimously passed by the House of Representatives, strengthening information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement by requiring greater transparency and information sharing on the locations of all facilities certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to store classified infrastructure or systems above the secret level. 
 
H.R. 642the Fusion Center Enhancement Act, which passed the House and enhances the partnership between DHS and the national network of fusion centers, which are collaborative efforts of two or more agencies that share resources and information regarding terrorist or criminal activity.