PSU Faculty, Staff Win Seats Political Seats

UNIVERSITY PARK – Christopher Carney, associate professor of political science at Penn State’s Worthington Scranton campus, is Congressman-elect for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Carney has taught courses in U.S. foreign policy, American government, U.S. security policy and international relations from combat zones in the Mideast at the campus since 1992.

He is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a former senior terrorism and intelligence adviser at the Pentagon. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and U.S. diplomatic history from Cornell College in Iowa, a master’s degree from University of Wyoming and a doctorate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tom Murt, assistant coordinator of the Academic Advising Center at Penn State’s Abington campus in greater Philadelphia, is state representative-elect for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, representing the 152nd legislative district in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Murt, who served in Iraq in 2003, earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Penn State and an master’s degree in education from LaSalle University. He has undertaken additional graduate coursework in economics at Temple University and was awarded a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate from Gwynedd-Mercy College.

Murt has been active in community service and public service in the Upper Moreland Township for many years. He was honored recently as the Humanitarian of the Year by the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. While in Iraq, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal for his coordination of the collection and distribution of clothing, food and school supplies to the poorest Iraqi families and villages. See a recent story at http://live.psu.edu/story/5938 online.

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