Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Dent: Passage of Bill Expediting Liquid Natural Gas Exports is Good for America and Good for Our Allies


(Washington, DC) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released a statement regarding the strong bipartisan vote to pass H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act:

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Representative Dent Visits Veterans Medical Facilities


(Allentown, PA) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), the incoming Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, made his first official visits as the new Chairman today. Dent attended briefings and tours a...

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House Votes to Ban Federal Funding of Abortion


(Washington, D.C) – Today the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 by a vote of 242 to 179. Representative Dent ...

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Sens. Manchin and Ayotte, Rep. Dent Reintroduce Legislation to Curb Government Waste


(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House today aimed at saving billions of taxpayer dollars by making it easier for Congress to e...

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Rep. Charlie Dent on SOTU: Political Speech, Not a Governing Agenda


(Washington, D.C.) - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement today after President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"As President Obama's State of the U...

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Representative Charlie Dent Applauds NCAA’s Decision to Repeal Original Consent Decree


(Allentown, PA) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding the Repeal of the NCAA-PSU Consent Decree:

I want to thank State Senator Jake Corman, who, assisted by State Treasurer Rob McCord...

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Representative Dent Votes for Bill to Fund Department of Homeland Security


(Washington, DC) – The House passed H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 236 to 191 today.

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regardin...

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Dent Supports SAW Act so Your Hours Won’t be Cut


(Washington, D.C.)  -- Representative Charlie Dent applauded the passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015. The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 172.

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Dent Votes for Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline


(Washington, D.C) – The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, by a large bipartisan majority, 266 to 153. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in favor of the measure.


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Representative Charlie Dent is Honored to be Sworn in for the 114th Congress


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was sworn in today for the 114th Congress.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to once again ...

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Op-Ed -- Stop Bashing the Police


The beautiful autumn foliage of Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains served as the backdrop for several weeks of tension and fear during the massive manhunt for survivalist and copkiller, Eric Frein. Frein ambushed and killed State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson,...

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Dent Disappointed by Release of CIA Interrogation Techniques Report


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement in response to the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interrogation techniques by Chairman Dianne Feinstein (CA) ea...

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Dents Votes to Prevent President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in favor of H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act.  This languag...

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Dent Chosen as Chairman of Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee


(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was tapped to serve as the new Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs S...

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Dent Chosen to Lead House Ethics Committee


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement after his appointment as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the 114th Congress.

“I appreciate the trust that the Speaker...

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Dent Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) cheered the passage of HR 5682, a bill that authorizes the construction, operation and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The bill passed with bipartisan support (25...

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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Recognize Representative Dent for his Pro-Agriculture Voting Record


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was recognized by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau at an event in Lebanon County Wednesday.

Dent was named a “Friend of the Farm Bureau” during a visit to Wen-Cres...

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Rep. Dent and House Colleagues Attend Ebola Briefing


Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and his House Colleagues Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7) attended a briefing on the Ebola virus in Philadelphia this morning.

The b...

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Rep. Dent Honored to Receive Award from National Association of Manufacturers


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was praised by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for his voting record in the current Congress. The organization recognized Representative Dent with the NAM Award for Manufacturin...

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Dent: Response to Ebola Situation Has Been Inadequate


Congressman Charlie Dent, (PA-15) issued the following statement today regarding the Federal Government’s duty to protect American citizens from the Ebola virus:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to all ...

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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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Glenn Thompson


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