Democrat and prominent member of the Blue Dog Coalition who represented Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. He was appointed as director of homeland security and policy strategy for BAE Systems, a British multinational defense, security and aerospace company headquartered in London.
He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He became a political science professor at Penn State Worthington Scranton. For his work while in the military he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Joint Service Achievement Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He has five children with wife Jennifer Carney.
He ended his term as congressman the same year that longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter ended his political career.