Meet Sam Rohrer
Meet Sam Rohrer http://rohrerforsenate.org/
Sam Rohrer served the Berks County area as Pennsylvania State Representative from 1992 to
November 2010. His outspoken support for constitutional principles and his dedication to
servant leadership have been the hallmark of his public service.
Throughout his 9 terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rohrer distinguished
himself as an expert in a number of areas. On finance and economic issues, Rohrer served
as a 14-year member of the Appropriations Committee. There he routinely produced complete
alternative state budgets under Republican and Democrat Governors that spent less,
demonstrating that fiscally restrained budgets that respected business and the taxpayer
not only could be achieved, but were essential if state government was to remain fiscally
Rohrer regularly led the opposition to the explosive growth of federal spending,
regulations and unconstitutional mandates in Pennsylvania. In 2009 he began leading an
effort to invoke the “10th Amendment” as the best challenge to the ever-expanding 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
In 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
As a home-schooling father for over 20 years, Sam led the statewide efforts for positive
changes in the Pennsylvania home school law while a member of the House Education
Committee. During his tenure on this committee, Sam authored the historic Education
Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship. To date, some 48,000 Pennsylvania students
have been empowered to attend private or enhanced public school programs because of the
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. Rohrer was also able to serve
as Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee.
In November of 2009 Sam formally entered the race for Governor of Pennsylvania as the
conservative Republican candidate. In crossing the state, Sam spoke directly to over
50,000 people in over 240 settings from February to May. The grassroots responded in
unparalleled fashion producing a network of motivated and invigorated citizens. While
Sam’s official campaign ended in May of 2010, his commitment to the truth, the defense of
freedom and the pursuit of Constitutional government continues.
From February to November of 2011 Sam Rohrer accepted the position of State Director for
Americans for Prosperity, the largest grassroots organization in the country dedicated to
defending individual freedom and liberty. In this role as State Director, Sam continued
to lead in all those areas in which he has worked so diligently in elected office.
The son of a union steelworker, Sam understands and strongly advocates for 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
five grandchildren. The Rohrer family considers their commitment to faith and family one
of their highest priorities.