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Article published October 11, 2012
Altmire honored at farewell lunch
CRANBERRY TWP —THE CHAMBER of Commerce said goodbye to U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire Wednesday during a luncheon to honor the outgoing politician. Altmire served three terms representing the 4th Congressional District. That district moved to the eastern part of the state, however, as part of the redistricting process in 2010. Altmire’s territory was then absorbed into the 12th Congressional District represented by U.S. Rep. Mark Critz. The two Democratic politicians squared off in the primary election in April, where Altmire lost by a vote of 51 percent to 49 percent. First elected in 2006, Altmire has worked closely with the business community in Cranberry throughout his six-year tenure. Chamber Executive Director Susan Balla at the luncheon said Altmire has been a reliable advocate for transportation and infrastructure concerns while in the nation’s capital. Altmire’s party affiliation never mattered to Balla or other chamber members, she said, because he could always be counted on to listen or to offer help. “Whether he was a Democratic or Republican representative never really mattered to us,” she said. “What mattered to us is that he’s a friend of business.” For his part, Altmire said he’ll leave office at the end of this year with no regrets about his six-year tenure in Congress. He’s most proud of the 4,734 consecutive votes he cast in the House of Representative, by far the longest streak before it ended earlier this year.