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Joseph Pitts, MEd Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (R-PA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“I think it is safe to say that a wealthy kid from the suburbs can play [the video game] Grand Theft Auto or similar games without turning to a life of crime, but a poor kid who lives in a neighborhood where people really do steal cars or deal drugs or shoot cops might not be so fortunate. And I should add that this isn’t a hypothetical question: Grand Theft Auto is one of the best-selling video games in America. There is almost certainly a child somewhere in America who is going to be hurt by this game. Maybe his dad is in jail, or his big brother is already down on the corner dealing drugs. Maybe he has just fallen in with the wrong crowd. But this game could be all it takes to nudge him on to the wrong side of the fence.”

June 14, 2006 Hearing of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives, 1997-2016
  • Member, Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives, 2001-present
  • Best and Brightest Award, American Conservative Union, 2000
  • Member, Joint Economic Committee of the US House of Representatives, 1998-present
  • Friend of the Family Award, Christian Coalition, 1997-2001
  • Taxpayer Hero Award, Citizens Against Government Waste, 1997
  • Outstanding Young Man of America Nominee, 1976
  • Owner, landscape nursery business, 1974-1990
  • Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1973-1997
  • Teacher, Great Valley High School, 1969-1972
  • Officer, US Air Force Strategic Air Command, 1963-1969
  • Teacher, Mortonsville Elementary, 1962-1963
  • Vietnam Veteran
Education:
  • MEd, Comprehensive Science, West Chester University, 1972
  • AB, Philosophy and Religion, Asbury College, 1961
Other:
  • Stamp collector
  • Artist with mediums ranging from woodcraft, sculpture, pencil sketches, and oil paintings
  • Trains bonsai trees