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Sen. Pat Toomey to hold a 'Town Meeting' Thursday

Published August 31. 2011 05:01PM

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will hold a "Town Meeting" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The event is being sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

It is open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Toomey, a Republican who defeated Democrat Joe Sestak in last November's general elections, campaigned on the theme "More Jobs, Less Government."

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Toomey attended La Salle Academy on scholarship and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in government.

Toomey was hired by Chemical Bank in 1984, where he was involved in currency swap transactions. In 1986, Toomey was hired by Morgan, Grenfell & Co., where he dealt in multiple foreign currencies, interest rates, and currency-related derivatives.

In 1991, Toomey and two younger brothers, Steven and Michael, opened Rookie's Restaurant in Allentown.

In 1994, aged 32, Toomey was elected to Allentown's newly established Government Study Commission. During his term, Toomey drafted a new charter for the Commission requiring a supermajority for any tax increase. The charter was approved by Allentown voters on April 23, 1996.

Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Toomey served as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district from 1999 to 2005.

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