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With over 25 years experience in business, Pennsylvania government, and politics T.J. Rooney possesses a rare combination of experience and relationships that enable him to provide guidance for clients on a wide range of government relations, legislative and regulatory issues. T.J. is able to effectively interface with the Governor’s Office and legislative leaders from both parties to help clients achieve their business and policy goals in Pennsylvania.


T.J. Rooney is the founder and President of Tri State Strategies PA, LLC and co-founder and a senior partner of the Rooney Novak Group, LLC with former Pennsylvania Republic Committee Chairman Alan Novak. T.J. works with clients in a broad range of industries including, energy, healthcare, gaming and government outsourcing. Prior to his service in public office, T.J. held licenses in insurance and real estate.



T.J. began his political career in 1992 when he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 133rd District representing North Hampton and Lehigh Counties. He served for seven consecutive terms (1993-2006).

• Served as member on the Rules, Consumer Affairs, and Insurance Committees.
• Chaired the Committee on School Violence where he worked on gun safety legislation in Pennsylvania.


In 2003, Mr. Rooney assumed leadership of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee where he distiquished himself as a prolific fundraiser and astute strategist. Mr. Rooney’s success as fundraiser and political strategist led him to key political positions statewide and nationally.

• Senior advisor to the Tom Wolf for Governor Campaign and Chair to the Insurance Committee for Wolf’s transition team.
• Key advisor to former Governor and National DNC Chairman Ed Rendell and was appointed by Governor Rendell to Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, where he served with distinction from 2003-2010. He led efforts that resulted in the reelection of John Street as Mayor of Philadelphia, Dan Onorato as Allegheny County Executive and the winning of five statewide judicial races. His statewide political success led him to key roles on the national scene.
• President of the Pennsylvania Electoral College in 2004.
• Served for nine years as a member of the Democratic National Committee.
• Senior advisor to the Pennsylvania presidential campaigns of Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.


T.J. and his partner Alan Novak were recently honored as the first recipients of the 2017 Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania in recognition of their work in finding solutions for their clients by navigating divisions in government to build consensus and end stalemates. T.J. is a sought-after speaker and is frequently interviewed and quoted by the media. He is a favorite of state-wide political news outlets as well as Philadelphia talk radio programs. He shares a column on Pennsylvania Politics with Alan Novak, his long time friend and political rival, that appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer. T.J. and Alan regularly lecture aspiring political science students at institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University and Dickinson College.


Few saw Lou Barletta as a Senate candidate. Then Donald Trump happened

Until recently, few people saw U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta as a potential Senate candidate. A Republican who represented a conservative, blue-collar district sprawling from near Scranton southwest to Harrisburg, Barletta was mostly known for his hard-line stands on illegal...

A Shock to the System

Final thoughts on Election 2016 from Currents political analysts T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak. Rooney: I absolutely did not see this coming. I honestly felt in my heart and in my head that people would not overlook the way Donald Trump comported himself during the...

The final counting: As Pa. goes . . . ?

On the weekend before Election Day, final thoughts from Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney.   Novak: I have to begin by amending my previous statement that we know how this story is going to end. We don’t! Things have changed in terms of momentum and perceptions. There is a...

The last debate puts Pa.’s GOP on the defense

T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak look at the state of Election 2016 after the third and final presidential debate, both at the top of the ticket and for other races. Rooney: The die has been cast and it’s directly attributable to Donald Trump’s performance in the final...

The other big race in Pa.: McGinty vs. Toomey

Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney discuss the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. Novak: Pennsylvania is ground zero not just in the presidential race but also for the balance of power in the...

The Long Slog Starts

With the conventions now history, Currents commentators Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney look at what’s next for the Trump and Clinton campaigns. Novak: Neither convention unified the country. Both conventions accentuated the differences we have. That’s going to be the...

And now, the Democrats take center stage

T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak review the GOP convention and look ahead to this week’s gathering of Democrats. Rooney: I believe you are going to see a much, much, much different convention in virtually every way. The goal for Hillary Clinton will be to continue what has...

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