Marguerite Ann McKenna
August 11, 1955
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||Clarion University|
|Occupation||Activist, pro-life campaigner|
|Political party||Republican (Before 1990; 2010–present)|
|Spouse(s)||James Luksik (m. June 23, 1979-present); 6 children|
Marguerite Ann McKenna was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where her father was in the Army. A 1976 magna cum laude graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor of science degree in special education and elementary education, she married James Luksik on June 23, 1979. The couple have six children.
In a 1998 interview with John Mallon, contributing editor of Inside the Vatican, Luksik described how her devout Roman Catholicism shapes her views, including opposition to abortion. In 1997, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Stonehill College.
Luksik entered the 1990 Republican primary election for governor of Pennsylvania six weeks before election day and received 46% of the vote.
Her highest vote total came in Pennsylvania's general election for governor in 1994 when, as the candidate of the Constitution Party, she received 460,269 votes (12.8 percent). That total was also the greatest number of votes ever received by the Constitution Party in Pennsylvania. She ran for governor as the Constitution Party nominee again in 1998, earning 10.4% of the vote. Her two campaigns represent the most successful statewide third-party runs in Pennsylvania since 1914 and the most successful third-party gubernatorial campaigns in Pennsylvania since 1910.
Luksik and Jason E. High founded the Center for American Heritage, a non-profit dedicated to restoring America's unique heritage. Initially through the use of one-day seminars named the American Heritage Academy, the Center is dedicated to teaching political activists and interested citizens about America's history, the political process, and how to be an effective advocate for a return to limited government.
On March 13, 2018, Luksik announced that she was running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. She finished last among the four candidates, receiving 13.8% of the vote.
- Pennsylvania Senate race, in CQ Politics, March 31, 2010; accessed May 7, 2010.
- Luksik biodata, Pennsylvania Constitution Party site], constitutional.net; accessed May 17, 2010.
- John Mallon, Interview with Peg Luksik, constitutional.net; accessed May 17, 2010.
- Luksik personal biodata, pegluksik.com/about; accessed May 17, 2010.
- See Jim Clymer, United States gubernatorial elections, 1994, and Electoral history of the Constitution Party (United States).
- Mike Faher (March 9, 2010). "Luksik to oppose Specter". The Tribune-Democrat. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- The Center for American Heritage website, RestoreHeritage.org; accessed August 18, 2010.