Undergraduate education: Lycoming College
Graduate education: Pennsylvania State University
Tom Marino was born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., and now resides in Cogan Station. He worked in manufacturing until the age of 30, when he decided to go to college. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and education from Lycoming College and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.
Marino started his law career with the Williamsport firm of McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall.
He was Lycoming County district attorney from 1992 to 2002, and then served as the top federal prosecutor for central and northeastern Pennsylvania from 2002 to 2007. He resigned as U.S. attorney to work for northeastern-Pennsylvania business magnate Louis DeNaples, a longtime friend. He was elected to Congress in 2010.
Marino and his wife, Edie, have two children.
Tom Marino once said he didn't have the patience for politics. When the political winds changed, so too did his thinking about elective office.
In his first bid for Congress in 2010, Marino ousted Democratic incumbent Chris Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, a rural, conservative area that straddles the state's central and northeastern regions. Marino portrayed Carney as an out-of-touch liberal and attacked him for supporting the 2010 health care reform bill.
After the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the 2010 health care reform law, Marino said, "Congress must continue to chip away at the most egregious and unpopular provisions" of the law.
Marino backed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2012 GOP presidential primary race.
Marino was unopposed for re-election in the April 2012 Republican primary. He will face Democrat Phil Scollo in the November general election.
Before his election to Congress, Marino was best known for his work as the U.S. attorney for Pennsylvania's Middle District from 2002 to 2007. He successfully prosecuted top Rite Aid Corp. executives in a nationally prominent fraud case and targeted drug traffickers and organized crime.
News reports in August 2007 that Marino had appeared as a reference on the casino application of northeastern-Pennsylvania business magnate Louis DeNaples raised eyebrows. At the time, DeNaples was being investigated by Marino's office for alleged ties to organized crime. DeNaples also had a felony conviction from 1978.
Marino resigned as U.S. attorney in October 2007 and took a job a few months later as DeNaples' in-house counsel. Marino defended himself against accusations of impropriety, calling DeNaples a friend.
Democrats sought to make a campaign issue of Marino's relationship with DeNaples in the 2010 election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dubbed him "Tom 'Casino' Marino" and claimed he is a "flawed candidate whose values are out of step with the 10th District."
Marino was injured on June 1, 2010, in a head-on crash with a woman accused of drunken driving, and took a few days off from the campaign trail to recover.
In Congress, Marino has co-sponsored legislation publicized by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to penalize people who attend animal fights and allow minors to attend such events. He also joined U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann in sponsoring a bill to give social workers more access to school records to help improve the education of foster children.
In April 2012, he had surgery to remove small tumors on his kidney, several years after he had a kidney removed after a bout with cancer.
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs; Homeland Security; Judiciary
American Conservative Union Rating: 84
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 5
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 55% (2010).
(Last updated by Peter Jackson on July 10, 2012.)