Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


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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Medicare Open Enrollment Period


We are currently in Medicare’s Open Enrollment period. This is the time when individuals with Medicare coverage can change their Medicare health ...

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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 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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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 Manuf...

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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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Marino, Dent Push Pennsylvania to Clear Path for Ride-sharing


Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, and Congressman Charlie Dent, PA-15, sent a letter to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) expressing support for a more friendly regulatory framework to allow ride-sharing companies ...

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Dent Opposes Providing Arms and Training to Syrian Rebels


Today, Congressman Dent (PA-15) opposed an amendment to a short-term government funding bill that would provide arms and training to “moderate” Syrian rebel forces known as the Free Syrian Army.

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Remembering 9-11


Thirteen years ago today, America suffered a horrific attack and the loss of over 3,000 of our own men, women and children. We will never forget the heroism and humanity we saw on display that day. 

It ...

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Statement of Congressman Dent Regarding President Obama’s ISIS Strategy Speech


“I’m pleased the President finally came before the American People this evening to lay out the case for combating the cancer that is ISIS. The broad outlines of his strategy are largely on-point, but as we all know, the devil lies in the details.

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A World in Crisis


Tonight the President will speak to the country and propose a strategy for dealing with ISIS. The President is late coming to the table with a plan, and not just concerning ISIS.

“The Tide of War is re...

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Dent Votes to Halt Federal Overreach on Water Management Issue


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted today to halt yet another example of government overreach by the Obama Administration which is attempting to burden states and local communities with additional federal regulations relating to navigable waterways.

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Dent Votes to Condemn President’s Failure to Notify Congress of Prisoner Swap


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for H.Res 644 today. The measure condemns President Obama’s Administration for failing to comply with the statute requiring a 30-day notification period for Congress before releasing five Taliban members from Guantanamo...

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NCAA Relents on Keeping PSU Fine Money in PA


Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement after learning that the NCAA was dropping its efforts to control the $60 million fine imposed on Penn State University as the result of a consent decree.

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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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