Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Congressman Dent Congratulates Incoming Appropriations Chair


LEHIGH VALLEY, PA - Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered his congratulations and praise for his colleague Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) who will take the gavel as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in the 115th Congress.

“It has been a plea...

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Rep. Dent Applauds Mattis for Secretary of Defense Announcement


WASHINGTON D.C. -  Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today applauding the news that President-Elect Donald Trump has named retired United States Marine Corps General James N. Mattis as his choice to serve as Secretary of Defense.


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Dent Votes for Key Military Funding Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA authorizes annual funding levels and establishes new Department of Defense (DOD) policies and guidance.  Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) expres...

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Congressman Dent Cheers Passage of 21st Century Cures Legislation


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) cheered the passage of key health and science legislation in the House today.

“The 21st

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Dent Welcomes New Staffers to Allentown, D.C. Offices


ALLENTOWN, PA – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced the addition of three staffers: Johnathan Hershey and Sarah Zimskind to his Washington office, and Emily Olearczyk to his Allentown office, with both Zimskind and Olearczyk being natives of the Lehigh Valley.


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Dent Responds to Shootings in Iowa


ALLENTOWN, PA – In response to the murders of Officer Justin Martin and Sergeant Anthony Beminio in Des Moines, Iowa, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered the following statement:

“The news out of Iowa this morning is horrific, and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out ...

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Dent Recognizes Manufacturing Day


ALLENTOWN, PA – Today, as the first Friday in October, is recognized as Manufacturing Day. This national event is designed to shine a spotlight on the manufacturing sector and its importance to local communities and the United States as a whole. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered the ...

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Dent Announces Deadline for Military Academy Nominations


ALLENTOWN, PA – The office of Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced that all student applications for U.S. Service Academy nominations must be submitted to the office by October 7, 2016.

Members of Congress are able to nominate students ...

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Dent Condemns Overtime Rule; Votes to Delay its Implementation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered the following remarks in response to House passage of a bill (H.R. 6094) that revises income thresholds for overtime recipients and postpones the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule from Decem...

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Legislation Led by Rep. Dent Signed into Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House and Senate passed Congressman Dent’s (PA-15) bipartisan Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Act for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday, and with that ac...

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Dent's Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act Set to be Signed into Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MCVA) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to last night’s House passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 MCVA Appropri...

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Dent - Himes "Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act" Passes House with Bipartisan Vote


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2015” (H.R. 3537) sponsored by Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) through a vote of 258 – 101.

Following the bill&rs...

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Dent Supports Efforts to Stop Ransom Payments from Iran


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed two bills focused on preventing future cash payments or ransoms to Iran and bringing greater transparency to the personal wealth that Iran’s leaders have acquired through abuse of their positions. Congressman Charlie De...

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Dent Responds to Weekend Violence in NY, NJ, and MN


ALLENTOWN, PA – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement regarding the harrowing events in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota this weekend, as well as the apprehension of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami: 

“The news out of New York, New Jersey, and ...

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Dent Introduces House Resolution to Express Support for Skin Cancer Prevention


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to raise awareness for skin cancer prevention, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) on behalf of the Skin Cancer Caucus and along with Representatives David Joyce (OH-14), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Evan Jenkins (WV-3), and Jim Cooper (TN-5), i...

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Dent Expresses Concern About Synthetic Drugs in the Lehigh Valley


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) expressed the following sentiments in response to the gruesome killing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania involving a man who had ingested a synthetic drug known as flakka:

“Synthetic drugs, like flakka, are incredibly dangerous, and...

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Dent Announces More than $1.5M in Federal Funding for District Fire Companies


(Allentown, PA) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) recently announced that 17 fire departments across the district are recipients of the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for the 2015 ...

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Dent Lauds $16.6M Award to OraSure for Development of Rapid Zika Tests


(Bethlehem, PA) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement in response to the $16.6 million in federal funding that was awarded to OraSure to assist in advancing their rapid Zika tests.

"My congratulations to OraSure in securing this funding to help advance a...

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Dent Expresses Concerns Over Metropolitan Planning Area Reform


(Allentown, PA) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) expressed concerns regarding a proposed rule from the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, entitled "Metropolitan Planning Organization Coo...

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Dent Praises District Winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement congratulating Elizabeth Allen and Jaunine Fouché, the Pennsylvania winners of this year's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).<...>

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Charlie Dent was first sworn in to the United States House of Representatives in January 2005. He represents Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which includes all or parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Congressman Dent currently serves on two House committees: Appropriations and Ethics.

Born May 24, 1960, Charlie is a life-long Lehigh Valley resident. He was raised in Allentown by his parents, Marjorie and the late Walter R. “Pete” Dent, a Bethlehem Steel employee. Charlie and his wife Pamela live in Allentown with their three children, Kathryn, William, and Jack. Charlie is a 1978 graduate of William Allen High School. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993.

Before entering public service, Charlie worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, and an aide to then-Representative Don Ritter. Charlie served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the State Senate.

In the state legislature, Charlie was Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee and a task force focusing on the state’s children and youth placement services. He also championed significant landlord/tenant legislation and the creation of Adult Basic, a program designed to provide health insurance coverage for low-income, working adults.

Now in his fifth term in Congress, Charlie has developed an expertise in homeland security and transportation issues through his committee assignments in the House, building on his existing knowledge and experiences from 14 years in the state legislature and his educational background. In those areas, he has championed legislation that would: promote the use of the Civil Air Patrol to better secure our borders; develop a comprehensive screening system that will allow border officials to determine that passengers are who they say they are; enhance chemical plant security; expedite and enforce the repatriation of criminal aliens; require notification to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detention of illegal aliens that are arrested on state felony charges; advance the use of clean energy technology in public transportation applications; and establish reasonable security provisions for large aircraft.

Charlie has also been an advocate on health issues. In 2008, legislation he and his colleague Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) introduced to update the Veteran’s Health Administration’s outdated HIV/AIDS testing policy was signed into law. He has been instrumental in providing federal funding for melanoma research, and a staunch supporter of medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Charlie has worked closely with the MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) community to draw awareness to this devastating genetic lysosomal storage disease, caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes, and focus the research that is being conducted. He has also been active in advancing legislation aimed at the prevention and elimination of chronic viral hepatitis. Finally, Charlie is one of the leading voices in Congress for commonsense medical liability reforms that will increase patient safety, improve the quality of care, reduce the incidence of defensive medicine, preserve access to highly-skilled medical professionals, and ensure fair compensation for injured patients.

While in Washington, Charlie’s focus is always on the 15th District of Pennsylvania. He has enacted legislation to designate the H. Gordon Payrow Post Office Building in Bethlehem and the Mayor Joseph S. Daddona Memorial Post Office in Allentown. Charlie was instrumental in securing Department of Justice funding for the 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative and has introduced legislation that would establish regional anti-gang task forces — bringing federal, state and local law enforcement together to fight the growing problem of gang violence. In 2009, Congress enacted provisions authored by Charlie and Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) reauthorizing the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor, which is a federally designated Heritage Area dedicated to conserving the historic transportation network that brought anthracite coal from the mines to the markets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rep. Kanjorski and Charlie also worked together in establishing the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe and Northampton Counties. Finally, Charlie has introduced a bill to designate a National Museum of Industrial History on the former Bethlehem Steel Plant site.

Charlie has demonstrated leadership in Washington. He is a Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group, a group of center-right Republicans dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility, personal independence and a strong national defense. In 2005, Charlie joined with three colleagues to form the bi-partisan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus. Under Charlie’s leadership as a Co-Chair, the caucus plays an important role in promoting and enhancing awareness of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Since the 110th Congress, Charlie has served as the Pennsylvania Co-Chair of the Delaware River Basin Task Force which is a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the four basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) that coordinate Congressional efforts to promote the restoration and vitality of the Delaware River Basin and its communities. Representing one of the top cement-producing District in the nation, Charlie also Chairs the Congressional Cement Caucus. In this role, Charlie helps shape policy that impacts one of the Lehigh Valley’s most traditional and vibrant industries.

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