After 18 years, Bartlett still ready to serve

September 10, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Roscoe Bartlett

After nine two-year terms in Congress, Roscoe G. Bartlett wants to keep going.

At age 84, the Republican incumbent is seeking a 10th term -- starting with Tuesday's primary against four challengers.

Asked why he still wants to serve, Bartlett said, "Because of my 10 kids, 17 grandkids and two great-grandkids. I'm concerned about their future."

Bartlett, of Frederick, Md., describes himself as a conservative who favors limited government, spending and taxation.

He considers three areas to be his specialties: ethical stem-cell research, peak oil production and electromagnetic pulse.

Bartlett said he favors stem-cell research that does not destroy embryos, so human life doesn't have to be destroyed.

He has spoken for years about the theory that the nation's oil production peaked in 1970 and is declining.

"Until we do something meaningful (to address the problem), there will never be a good world economy," he said.

Bartlett said conservation and efficiency should anchor any plan, along with alternative energy sources.


The past few years, Bartlett and his office have organized a "Go Green" energy conference to help people learn environmentally friendly ways of life.

Bartlett has urged the U.S. to prepare for the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse attack, which he said could cripple the electrical grid for years.

He said there has been attention on the problem, "but not the intensity we need."

Bartlett said lower taxes will help create jobs.

He has proposed giving tax credits for philanthropy and to doctors for providing medical care.

Democratic candidate Andrew Duck has accused Bartlett of sponsoring few successful bills and being ineffective.

But Bartlett said a better measure might be the bills and new layers of government he has helped prevent by voting no.

More importantly, he said, he has secured more than $500 million for his district, mostly through defense appropriations.

"All you have to do is ask the constituents," he said.

Bartlett is on the Armed Services, Science and Technology, and Small Business committees.

His opponents in Tuesday's GOP primary are Dennis Janda, Joseph T. Krysztoforski, Steve Taylor and Seth Edward Wilson.

Duck and J. Casey Clark are on the Democratic ballot, although a Democratic official has said Clark's campaign appears to be "inactive."

Members of Congress earn $174,000 a year.

Maryland's 6th District in Congress


Name: Roscoe G. Bartlett

Age: 84

Address: 4317 Buckeystown Pike

Hometown: Frederick

Education: Degrees in theology and science from Washington Missionary College in 1947; master's degree in human physiology from the University of Maryland in 1948; doctorate in human physiology from the University of Maryland in 1952

Occupation: Scientist, teacher, developer

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Nine terms as Congressman

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