More than a year ago, Nick Kotik thought his political career was over when a Republican redistricting plan moved his state House district to eastern Pennsylvania.
But the state judges threw out the maps and forced Republicans to redraw the district lines, giving Kotik new political life.
On Tuesday night, the Democrat from Robinson Township won re-election to his sixth term by fending off his Republican challenger.
"I never thought this is where I would be a year ago," Kotik said Tuesday night.
Kotik easily beat challenger Aaron Kime with 67 percent of the vote in a rematch of the 2010 race for House District 45. The district includes all of Bridgeville and Heidelberg, and portions of Collier and Scott Township.
"I’m very gratified by the overwhelming support of my district and very appreciative," Kotik said.
Kime could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.