Lunch With Joe Billie — We just finished a lunch with Joe Billie, who may be the only declared Republican candidate seeking to to replace out-going Pat Meehan in Pennsylvania’s 7th District.
Billie says a Chadds Ford man has also officially declared but we can’t find much about him.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 that the congressional districts established in 2010 and used for three election cycles were unconstitutional and ordered them redrawn . Today (Feb. 9) is the deadline but as of this writing the new boundaries are unknown to us. Billie is a resident of Aston, however, and it is a pretty safe bet that Aston will be included.
Billie began his campaign months ago angered by Meehan’s attitude towards veterans — Meehan was the only Republican to vote against the VA Accountability Act of 2015 — and his hypocritical disavowal of then candidate Trump two weeks before the 2016 election.
A veteran himself, Billie left classes at Delaware County Community College in 1990 to join the Navy when Operation Desert Shield began. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS America eventually rising to the rank of petty officer. He was involved in numerous actions in the Persian Gulf, Bosnia and Somalia.
Leaving the service in 1994, Billie returned to college pursing a degree in criminal justice. He became active in the community re-joining the Folcroft Fire Co. where he grew up. He rose to the position of chief and also became the borough’s fire marshal. He became an assistant fire marshal in Aston after moving to that town.
Billie re-enlisted in the Naval Reserve after 9/11.
He works at the Kimberly Clark paper mill in Chester and is a member of the United Steelworkers.
Billie is married to a (legal) immigrant from Portugal and has two children, one of whom will be starting college in the fall.
He describes himself as a constitutional conservative and is right on just about everything. For details see his website.
He says he understands teamwork and that working with Dems is key in the 7th District.