Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Statement on the Murder of American Journalist James Foley by ISIS


“Our thoughts and prayers are for American reporter James Wright Foley and with his family and friends.

We must continue providing arms and support as needed to the Kurds as they combat ISIS in Iraq. This savag...

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Dent Supports Aid to Israel for Iron Dome Defense System


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted tonight for $225 million in supplemental funding to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

The Iron Dome system has saved untold hundreds, if not thousands, o...

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Dent Supports Targeted Solutions to Address Border Crisis


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the Appropriations Committee, supported legislation before the House of Representatives tonight to address the crisis on our nation’s Southern border. H.R. 5230, a supplemental appropriations bill, aims to contro...

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Dent Statement on H. Res. 676 - Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today after voting to grant authority for litigation to move forward against the President Obama and his Administration regarding his faithful execution of duly enacted legislation:


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Congressman Dent Votes for Urgently Needed Reforms to the VA


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) was pleased that the House voted in a hugely bipartisan manner, 420 to 5, today to address the systemic problem of veterans’ health care services through the Veterans Administration.


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Congressman Dent Pushes for Permanent Authorization of National Heritage Areas


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) spoke before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations to seek support for his bill, H.R. 445. The bill would permanently authorize the current 49 National Heritage Are...

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Dent Joins With Fellow Representatives in Letter Calling for an End to Sanctions Against PSU




July 24, 2014


Dr. Mark Emmert


National Collegiate Athletic Association

P.O. Box 6222

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Congressman Dent Co-Sponsors Bill Aimed at Speedily Sending Minors Caught Up in the Border Crisis Back to Their Parents


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced his support for a bipartisan bill introduced by Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas has introduced a companion bill in the Senate. The legislation is in direct response t...

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Congressman Dent’s Statement on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17


The entire world is reeling in shock and sadness at the sight of a civilian airliner reduced to a field of smoking debris because it had been downed by a missile, likely fired by Russian-backed separatists.


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Dent Releases Statement Regarding President Obama’s Emergency Funding Request for Crisis at Border


The current flood of unaccompanied children (UACs) from Central America crossing our southern border is both a humanitarian...

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Dent Supports Two Resolutions in Response to Hamas-Israel Conflict


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) has signed on to two resolutions in response to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.  The Congressman co-sponsored legislation introduced by Congressman David McKinley (WV-1) “condemning the murder of Israeli a...

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Dent Supports Bill to Minimize the Skills Gap Between Workers and High Demand Jobs


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, in the House yesterday. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing 415 to 6.

The bill streamlines j...

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Congressman Dent Holds Townhall Meetings in Palmyra and Hummelstown


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) held two townhall meetings yesterday. Congressman Dent met with residents in the 15th District areas of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. Congressman Dent’s first meeting of the ...

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Congressman Dent Tells Dept of Energy to “Cool It” With Costly Ceiling Fan Regulations


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered an amendment during the House Appropriations Committee consideration of the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation that will prevent the Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing or enforcing a prop...

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Congressman Dent Will Hold Job Fair at Kutztown University


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) will host a job fair on Saturday, June 21st, from 10 AM until 2 PM at Kutztown University’s O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Congressman Dent has made a Job Fair an annual even...

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Congressman Dent Supports Three Measures to Overhaul the VA


Congressman Charlie Dent is pleased that the House took up and passed, by large bipartisan margins, three bills geared at overhauling the troubled Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare system.


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Congressman Dent Applauds FDA Order Requiring Warnings for Tanning Beds


(Washington, DC) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a regulation today reclassifying sunlamp products, including tanning beds and tanning booths, from Class I devices (low risk) to Class II devices (moderate risk). These products will also be require...

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Congressman Dent’s Statement on the Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki


Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki is an honorable man. He showed great courage fighting for his country during the Vietnam War. He displayed superior leadership skills as an officer in the United States Army and outstanding organizational skills...

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Congressman Dent: VA Bureaucrats Who Neglect Veterans Will be Fired


(Washington, DC) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) applauded the bipartisan passage of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, in the House today. This legislation allows the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the latitude to...

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Dent Statement on the Boko Haram Kidnapping


The horrors of the terrorist group Boko Haram are on full display in the media with its recent vicious and cowardly kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls from a boarding school. “Boko Haram” roughly means, “Western Education is sin.”

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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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Mike Kelly


Scott Perry


Glenn Thompson


Jim Gerlach


Patrick Meehan


Mike Fitzpatrick


Bill Shuster


Tom Marino


Louis Barletta


Keith Rothfus


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