Longtime state legislator Pat Browne concedes Republican primary (UPDATE)

A longtime political fixture in the Lehigh Valley has lost his bid for re-election.

State Senator Pat Browne gave Jarrett Coleman the Republican primary in the 16th District.

Browne congratulated Coleman in a statement from his office Tuesday to lehighvalleylive.com:

“After thorough review and due diligence, we are confident that all votes cast in the Republican primary for the 16th Senatorial Circuit were properly counted. I want to congratulate Jarrett Coleman on his nomination and wish him the best of luck in the general election this fall. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 16th Senatorial District as their Senator for the past 17 years and the Commonwealth as a Member of the General Assembly for the past 28 years. I look forward to completing my service this year with the delivery of a budget that puts Pennsylvania in its strongest financial position in decades.”

Browne’s 28-year tenure as state legislature began as state representative. He won a special election for the state senator in 2005 and has since served four full terms. The Allentown resident chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Vote counts released on the Lehigh County and Bucks County websites show Coleman received 17,041 votes versus Browne’s 17,022 district votes, which were redrawn based on the 2020 census data.

Coleman lives in Upper Macungie Township and is a member of the Parkland School Board.

He will be running against Democrat Mark Pinsley of South Whitehall Township in November’s general election. Pinsley ran unopposed in the primary. He’s the Lehigh County controller.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with an explanation from Browne.

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Rudy Miller can be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com.

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