UPDATE: Powerblog brought it to you first. Here is the offical announcement:
HARRISBURG, PA -- The Commonwealth Foundation, Pennsylvania's independent public policy research and educational institute, announced today that retiring State House of Representatives member Jeff Coleman (60th District) will join its staff as Vice President on January 1, 2005.
"Jeff Coleman's willingness to put principles and conviction ahead of political opportunity make him an effective leader and role model," said Matthew J. Brouillette, president of the Harrisburg-based think tank. "We are thrilled to enlist Jeff in the cause of promoting the brand of public service he represents in state government."
Coleman says his role as Vice President will allow him to play a "vocal and active role" in upcoming legislative policy debates. "The last four years have taught me that state government public policy is not driven by sound and proven ideas that will make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and raise a family," he said. "That must change if our commonwealth ever hopes to be leader among states once again."
"The Commonwealth Foundation is well positioned to equip lawmakers and citizens with the information and tools they need to bring about the reforms and changes in Pennsylvania state government that are necessary to revitalize our great state," said Coleman. "I look forward to advancing the same principles I ran on 4 years ago--limited government, economic freedom, and personal responsibility--with the premier organization known for championing real solutions and proven ideas."
In 2000, Coleman, a Republican, defeated a long time incumbent despite a heavy Democratic registration edge of 67 percent. An outspoken critic of tax hikes on Pennsylvania families and job creators, he was often cited as a "rising star" in the state's conservative movement. An aggressive campaigner, Coleman is widely credited with helping the Republican House Caucus expand its membership in Western Pennsylvania. In 2004 Coleman decided to retire from the House to pursue "a new venue of public service."
Coleman, 29, is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a former radio news anchor and Apollo Borough Councilman. He is married to the former Rebecca Collins.