Who is Rick Saccone?
Rick Saccone is a man of integrity and principle; a faithful husband and father; a military veteran; an expert in counter-terrorism who served his country in North Korea and Iraq; and an experienced public servant who will fight for his constituents in bipartisan fashion.
Rick met his wife, Yong, while working in South Korea. They have been faithful to each other for 38 years. Yong is almost always at his side, as Rick rarely attends an event without her. Rick and Yong are the proud parents of two sons, Nick and Matthew, who both graduated from the Virginia Military Institute as civil engineers and are now serving as officers in the U.S. Air Force.
Rick has had a distinguished military career. He was a counter-intelligence officer for the U.S. Air Force, defending against commandos and espionage from North Korea. Rick was on the counter-terror task forces for two Olympic Games: 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. As a civilian member assigned to the U.S. Army, he served as a senior counter-intelligence agent in Iraq, identifying, capturing, and interrogating insurgents. Rick has also taught courses on global terrorism.
Rick’s advanced education and training will enable him to have an immediate impact in Congress. He holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs and graduate degrees in national security, and public administration. He studied in Egypt and Africa, has written scores of articles on foreign affairs, and traveled to 75 countries. Rick taught English as a second language and was a political science professor at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, where he has continued to teach since becoming a state representative. He has authored nine books, two of which deal with North Korea.
Rick will not hesitate to put his life on the line for the benefit of his fellow Americans. After retiring from the Air Force, he served in a diplomatic role in North Korea—the only American living in North Korea at the time. Wanting to make a difference in his own community, Rick decided to run for the Pennsylvania State House against a 26-year Democratic incumbent in 2010. He and Yong knocked on 18,000 doors—nearly every door in the district—and Rick shocked the state with an upset victory.
Now in his fourth term in the State House, Rick has gained recognition for winning passage of the Castle Doctrine (which permits law-abiding homeowners to defend themselves against intruders), providing for our veterans, toughening laws on Internet child sex predators, and protecting our constitutionally guaranteed rights.