Dr. Rick Saccone was elected four times to the PA House of Representatives and ran for Congress in 2018. Before that he spent a career in the USAF as a Counterintelligence Officer and Special Agent, conducting felony criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide.
Dr. Saccone spent most of his career assigned overseas, home based in South Korea but traveling throughout Asia. During a return assignment to Los Angeles Air Force Station, he worked with an anti-terrorist task force for the 1984 Olympics in LA. Following that he moved to Monterey and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a M.A. in National Security Affairs and from the Defense Language Institute, studying Korean, before returning to Seoul. Dr. Saccone became the Chief of Counterintelligence for the USAF in Korea and worked on the counter terror task force for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He also Commanded a Special Investigative Detachment and, as the chief liaison officer in the national capital, worked closely with ten different foreign government agencies and as many U.S. agencies. He received several awards from the Korean and American governments and two Meritorious Service medals from the USAF. Along the way, he wrote scores of culture and travel articles for a local paper in Seoul and began writing books about the history, travel, and culture of South Korea to share his experiences with others. He appeared on the Korean episode on the Popular PBS show Full Circle with celebrity Michael Palin. He also taught English at several Korean institutes in his spare time.
After retiring from the USAF, Saccone stayed in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor on an English language station, and took several jobs working for Korean and American companies in Seoul and Central America before returning to the U.S. to begin work on his Ph.D. During this period, he was asked to represent an international organization in North Korea building nuclear power plants as part of the Agreed Framework negotiated under the Clinton Administration. As the only American living in North Korea at the time, he gained valuable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with North Koreans, resulting in two books about that enigmatic country, including “Negotiating with North Korea,” and “Living with the Enemy: Inside North Korea.”
Dr. Saccone returned to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and continue teaching International Affairs and Political Science a total of 21 years at St Vincent College. During that time, the war in Iraq began and Saccone decided to take his turn offering his years of interrogation and counterintelligence experience. Assigned to the U.S. Army as a civilian, he served in Baghdad and in the hotspot of Mosul, as Senior Counterintelligence Agent identifying, capturing and interrogating insurgents.
Since returning from Iraq, Saccone has enjoyed an academic fellowship to Israel as a Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, a Fulbright-Hays summer scholarship to Egypt studying history and politics, and an education and research scholarship to Africa. He has traveled to 79 countries and authored ten books on North and South Korea, with his eighth book on Iraq, and his tenth book entitled “Our Godly Heritage: From William Penn to Donald Trump” documents the Godly heritage of our founding and our founding fathers.
He has written numerous articles concerning international politics and culture published in major newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, and a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC).
Dr Saccone now spends his time traveling and writing about politics, life, and our Godly heritage. He has recently opened the Constitution & Godly Heritage Discovery Center in Elizabeth Pa, celebrating our founding and the founders.
Dr. Saccone has been married to Yong Saccone for 42 years and has two children, Nick & Matthew, both graduates of the Virginia Military Institute as Civil Engineers. Nick is currently a Lt Col in the USAF, and Matt is a Captain.