Sam Rohrer, state director of Americans for Prosperity, will address the Lehighton 9/12 Project at 7 p.m. Wendesday, Nov. 16.

The meeting will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

According to the Associated Press. Rohrer plans to challenge U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, in next year's election.

For more information on this meeting, RSVP Sandy at gramzey@ptd.net [1] or call 570-645-8510.

Rohrer, a former Pennsylvania state representative from 1992 to November 2010, is best known for his dedication to state government reform and his outspoken support for constitutional principles.

Throughout his nine terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rohrer distinguished himself as an expert on finance and economic issues.

A 14-year member of the Appropriations Committee, Rohrer regularly produced complete alternative state budgets under Republican and Democrat Governors demonstrating that fiscally sound budgets that respect business and the taxpayer can be achieved.

Rohrer regularly led the opposition to the explosive growth of federal spending, regulations and unconstitutional mandates in Pennsylvania. In 2009, he led an effort to pass the "10th Amendment Resolution," challenging the expanded reach of the federal government in areas ranging from health care to education.

In his ongoing effort to reform state government, he served on the Speaker's Commission on Government Reform, which brought new levels of transparency and accountability to the state legislature.

His role as Republican chairman of the House Finance Committee, he argued for strong, structural limits on state government taxes and spending and for true public pension reform.

During his sixteen years on the House Education Committee, Sam authored the historic Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship. To date, some 33,000 Pennsylvania students have been empowered to attend private or enhanced public school programs because of the initiative.

Sam and his family's love of the outdoors fuels a passion to improve the stewardship of Pennsylvania's natural resources.

When serving as the Republican chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee, he was an outspoken proponent of commonsense conservation policies that respect private property and protects the rights of tens of thousands of hunters and anglers.

Because of his uncompromising support for Second Amendment freedoms, he has earned the consistent backing of sportsmen and gun owners.

The son of a union steelworker, Sam strongly advocates issues that impact working families. By promoting the role of parents in their children's education, opposing tax increases on employees and workers, and crafting landmark legislation to eliminate school property taxes, Sam continues to build broad bipartisan coalitions on a range of important issues.

Sam and his wife Ruth Ann live in Berks County and are the parents of six children and four grandchildren.

The Rohrer family considers their commitment to faith and family one of their highest priorities.