About The Campaign
Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos are successful business leaders who’ve set the standard within their respective industries. They’ve teamed up on a bold mission to turn Harrisburg’s dysfunctional political system — in which entrenched special interests have saddled us with enormous debt, high taxes, a weak economy, underperforming schools, and embarrassing scandals — on its head. Together they intend to eradicate the culture of self-service that has undercut ordinary Pennsylvanians, and install standard operating procedures that reflect the duty, stewardship and respect hardworking taxpayers deserve in its place. Scott and Jeff will execute economic policies that will enrich hardworking Pennsylvanians with jobs, better paychecks and better lives. They intend to roll back unnecessary regulations to bolster job creators, and eliminate unfair taxes to make home ownership, healthcare, and education – more affordable. And they will fight to be sure every child in Pennsylvania has access to an outstanding, safe school of their choice.
What could a man who grew up shoveling horse manure, who chose work over college, possibly do for the state of Pennsylvania? It’s a question perhaps best answered by the families that benefited from the thousands of jobs he created, or the recipients of the more than one million paychecks he’s issued. Or perhaps it’s a question best answered by the untold numbers of individuals and organizations which have benefited from the compassion and generosity of Scott Wagner — once a farm boy, now a successful businessman, State Senator and candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. Meet Scott Wagner.
Scott credits his relentless work ethic to life on the family farm and to hard-working parents who insisted on the importance of showing up and being counted on. He credits his business success to this as well — and also to what he describes as “a persistent desire to execute on his ideas.” Even as a school student Scott would anxiously watch the classroom clock waiting for the bell that would release him back to the farm, or to his uncle’s construction business, where he worked to earn money. And while Scott is a passionate advocate of education, for him a year in a college classroom was enough. A restless and fearless Scott Wagner was too anxious to get out into the business world and test his ability to meet the challenges associated with taking vision from concept to reality — a challenge he embraced by starting his first business enterprise at 19 years old.
40 years later… straight talking, blue-collar Scott Wagner is the owner of several successful enterprises including Penn Waste — one of the largest and most innovative (and cleanest) recycling plants in the nation. It’s one of several successful businesses Scott conceived and built from scratch, starting with vision and ambition and carving it out with unyielding determination. And Scott did whatever it took. He drove the trucks. He was the mechanic, the book keeper and the salesman — he even cleaned the restrooms — and then successfully steered the business through several tough recessions. Scott says he’s been able to succeed because he’s always been that person who sees what needs to be done, and he does it — another lesson he credits to the family farm.
In a word, Scott is a “doer”… which is why when Scott got fed up with the broken system in Harrisburg, he set out on a mission to infiltrate the legislature and do the work that needed to be done. In 2013, he launched an unprecedented Senate campaign, and made Pennsylvania history when he won the first ever legislative seat as a write-in candidate. And that was just the beginning.
From day one, it was clear that Scott was on our side. It was also clear that Scott’s agenda had little to do with passing more laws and everything to do with changing the culture. And it wasn’t long before people started noticing that Scott Wagner was a man on a mission. Scott started seeking answers to questions no one else was asking — about government spending, management and accountability. He refused to accept silence. When his actions elected the first veto-proof majority in the Senate since 1949, many stood up and took notice. And recognizing that Scott is a fighter and a doer who would fight for them, many insisted that Scott Wagner should run for governor — and they would get their wish. After just a few years as a state senator, Scott understood that the work that needed to be done could not be accomplished by one senator, but it could be accomplished by one governor — a governor who is a doer. In January of 2017, Scott announced his candidacy for governor.
In November 2017, Jeff Bartos joined the Scott Wagner for Governor team as the Lieutenant Governor candidate. In an era where the opioid crisis is devastating Pennsylvania families and family-sustaining jobs remain in short supply, Scott and Jeff are focused on restoring hope and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians. At town halls and meetings across the Commonwealth, Scott and Jeff are promoting economic policies that will help make the staples of a middle class life – home ownership, healthcare, and education – more affordable. They are also fighting for every child in Pennsylvania to have the opportunity to attend an outstanding school of their choice. Jeff is certain that Scott Wagner is the right leader at the right time for Pennsylvania, and he is proud to join Scott’s team.
Jeff is a proven business and community leader. Born and raised in Berks County, Jeff has been a Pennsylvania resident his entire life. Jeff owns a contracting company and several real estate acquisition and development companies active in the Greater Philadelphia market, and has previously served as a senior executive at Toll Brothers, Inc. and Mark Group, Inc.
Jeff and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters, Emily and Sarah. Jeff and his family are deeply committed to community service. Their charitable work is focused on education and supporting at-risk children. In 2016, Jeff and his wife Sheryl led the fundraising to build a new kindergarten on an Air Force Base in Israel. Jeff has served on the Board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is a leader in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Jeff supports the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an organization dedicated to disrupting the financing of terrorist networks around the world.