LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) joined together to introduce bipartisan legislation that will strengthen and modernize America’s National Heritage Areas (NHAs). Dent and Tonko are co-chairs of the Congressional National Her...Read More
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser:
“I commend President Trump’s selection of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMast...Read More
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) has cosponsored the bipartisan Russian Sanctions Review Act, which would require Congress to approve of any effort to remove the sanctions currently imposed on Russia.
“Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA), called to order the first hearing of the Subcommittee for the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations cycle this m...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined his fellow colleagues, Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D, NJ-10) and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7), in introducing legislation to eliminate an unintended, hidden cost for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo colorectal cancer s...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, applauded the unanimous Senate confirmation (100 - 0) of Dr. David J. Shulkin to be the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs ...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran in response to the Iranian test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile:
“The never-ending ...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to uphold anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals employed by federal contractors:
“I support and commend President Trump’s de...Read More
LEHIGH VALLEY, PA - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding the President's Executive Order restricting admission to the United States by certain immigrants and refugees.
"It is everyone’s goal to enact policies to keep Americans safe, both at ...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Mark Walker (Chairman of the Republican Study Committee) reintroduced a resolution that urges the Trump Administration to commence negotiations with the United Kingdom to establish a new bilateral trade agreement, th...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Heather Wilson—a retired Air Force Captain and former New Mexico member of Congress—to serve as Air Force Secretary. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement in support of the no...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement on this momentous occasion:
“The presidential inauguration is always an inspiring and exciting tim...Read More
As we enter into 2017, I would like to extend warm wishes for a happy New Year.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President-elect Trump announced his selection of Dr. David Shulkin—the current Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered this statement follo...Read More
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) Has been chosen by members of the Tuesday Group Caucus to continue serving as one of the organization’s co-chairs.
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) has been selected to serve a second term as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA). De...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to President-Elect Trump's nomination of Senator Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered the following remarks:
"I respect the selection of Senator Dan Coats to serve as our next Director of National Intellig...Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) cast his vote in support of H.Res. 11, a House Resolution expressing opposition to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, an anti-Israel measure that was voted on two weeks ago that the United States abstained from un...Read More
ALLENTOWN, PA – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) expressed concerns regarding a final rule issued by the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform,” that would impact state and local tr...Read More
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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.
Allentown and the Lehigh Valley were recently ranked among the top 100 places to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, coming
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I recently cosponsored the bipartisan Russian Sanctions Review Act, which would require that Congress be consulted about, and approve of, any
Here is the entirety of our first House Appropriations #MILCONVA Subcommittee meeting for the FY18 appropriations cycle.