Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has officially filed paperwork to run for the United States Senate in 2022. The Braddock, PA native has been considered the favorite to run for this seat in both the Democratic primary and the General Election. The Senate seat is currently held by Pat Toomey (R) who announced he would retire after his current term last October.
Over the last two years as Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman has become well known on social media for his advocacy to legalize recreational marijuana. In fact, he did a listening tour and visited every single county in the state in 2019. On the tour, he talked with voters and got their opinions about legalizing recreational marijuana in the Keystone State.
Before becoming Lieutenant Governor, Fetterman was the mayor of Braddock, PA for 14 years. In 2016, he ran for the US Senate but lost the primary. Two years later, he won the heavily contested Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor and has served in that role for over two years. Fetterman describes himself as a “democratic-socialist” and was one of few public figures in Pennsylvania to endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton.
There are sure to be more names running for this open seat from both parties. It is unclear who the favorite will be on the Republican side but, Fetterman is sure to be the favorite in the Democratic primary.