MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Former NFL player and TV sports commentator Jon Ritchie has entered the Republican race for the state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Pat Vance.
Ritchie told ABC 27 News he’s running because he wants to give back to the community where he grew up and made his home.
“I don’t believe that our forefathers intended to have a Senate full of professional politicians,” he said when asked about his lack of political experience. “I care about the area. I will do my due diligence. Everything I’ve ever done, I’ve worked harder than everyone else, and that has served me well.”
Richie led the Cumberland Valley High School football team to a state title in 1992. In the NFL, he played fullback for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles from 1998 to 2004.
After his pro football career, he became a broadcaster for ESPN. The Enola resident currently works as an on-air analyst for NBC Network and DirecTV, and he hosts a weekly “NFL Wrap” for ABC 27.
Vance announced last month that she will retire at the end of her term next year. She represents the 31st Senate District which includes parts of Cumberland and York counties.
State Representative Mike Regan and dentist Brice Arndt also are running for the seat. The primary election is April 26.