Shannon Meehan for Pennsylvania State Representative
Shannon Meehan Running for Pennsylvania State Representative (D)
Shannon Meehan, a retired US Army Captain, announced that he will run for the stat representative in Pennsylvania's 163rd Legislative District. Shannon Meehan, 27, talked about his desire to lower property taxes, improve veterans affairs, and boost job creation. Admittedly, Shannon Meehan said his plans are not yet fully articulated at this point.
Shannon Meehan led a tank platoon for the 1st Cavalry Division. He oversaw some operations in Iraq. Meehan was deployed for 15 months, and he said his platoon embraced a policy to help people and thwart enemy at the same time.
In September 2007, Shannon Meehan's deployment was cut short when he encountered an improvised explosive device (IED). He had a traumatic brain injury as a result. Meehan received the Purple Heart and also the Bronze Star.
It was in the hospital where he decided that he will continue his service back home, for the people of Pennsylvania.
Shannon Meehan co-authored the book Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq with Roger Thompson. Meehan recalled the emotional aftershock he experienced after he ordered a mortar strike that caused the unintentional deaths of an Iraqi family.
Meehan faces 32-year incumbent state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, who also announced his bid for re-election Monday.
The 163rd District includes portions of Upper Darby, Darby and Ridley townships, as well as the boroughs of Aldan, Clifton Heights, and Lansdowne.