The Ripon Forum

Volume 40, No. 2

April - May 2006 Issue

Ripon Profile — Melissa Hart

By on October 8, 2015

Name: Melissa Hart

Hometown: Bradford Woods, Pennsylvania

Current job: Member, U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Hobbies: Cooking, cross-country skiing, golf, reading, ice skating.

Songs on my playlist: “All I Really Want to Do,” by Bob Dylan; “Nether Lands,” by Dan Fogelberg; “All the Way,” by Frank Sinatra; “The Dance,” by Garth Brooks; “What a Wonderful World,” by Louie Armstrong.

Books that I’d recommend: West with the Night by Beryl Markham; What I Saw at the Revolution by Peggy Noonan; The Bible; The Devaluing of America by William Bennett; The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; An American Childhood by Annie Dillard.

Political inspiration: Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, the late Pennsylvania State Representative Elaine Farmer (Elaine was my state representative when I first ran for the Pennsylvania Senate. She was an invaluable adviser and an amazing human being.)

Most important issues facing America: The War on Terror and securing our Homeland; creating a robust economy that spurs continued job creation; educating people about personal financial responsibility and saving money for retirement; energy security; restoring integrity to the national discourse and public service.

Why I am a Republican: I am a Republican because we are the only party that is offering positive ideas to make our country and our communities a better place to live and raid families. Our party stands for individual liberty and the opportunity for everyone to achieve the American Dream. Our party was home to Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves and Ronald Reagan, who played an instrumental part in winning the Cold War. The Republican Part continues to be the driving force in promoting freedom and democracy across the world.

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