(Allentown, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, released the following statement in response to the Senate Democrats’ oppo...Read More
The Brexit has prompted congressional Republicans to press for a bilateral trade agreement with the U.K., a subtle rebuke of President Barack Obama, who said before the vote that the U.K. would move to the “Read More
(ALLENTOWN, PA) – Today Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced that he will introduce a resolution to call on the Administration to immediately begin the process of initiating discussions...Read More
(Lehigh Valley, PA) The people of Bethlehem commemorated their city’s 275th Anniversary today with a Community Celebration. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was in attendance and delivered a copy of the statement he...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017 issued the following statement upon passage of the conference report.
“This bil...Read More
As debate in Congress over workplace protections for sexual orientation and gender identity reached a breaking point this month, several local Republicans broke from their party to back anti-discrimination measures.
(Washington, D.C.) The Zika virus is a tremendous new health threat facing Americans and the world. I have been given the honor and responsibility of serving as a House Conferee for the House-Senate conference dealing with M...Read More
(Washington, DC) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald recently gave an interview which downplayed the wait times veterans face as they try to see physicians and receive services through the VA. The Secretary compared th...Read More
Thirty-one Vietnam Veterans were honored on Saturday by U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA 15) during a veterans’ military information forum held at the Palmyra First United Methodist Church.
(Washington, D.C.) Today the House of Representatives passed Representative Charlie Dent’s (PA-15) Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4974) with a bipart...Read More
A legislative package that would cut $30 billion in mandatory program spending has been put together and is ready to go should House Republican leaders get the votes to adopt a fiscal 2017 budget resolution when they return from recess.
At the same time, several GOP lawm...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, led the passage of Congress’s first appropriations bi...Read More
As House Republican leaders look for a way out of the ongoing budget standoff, moderates in the GOP conference have cooked up a potential way out of the mess – or, at least, a way to challenge their more conservative colleagues.
Members of...Read More
(Washington, D.C) This week, Rep. Charlie Dent joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in decrying the systematic extermination of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities by ISIS. The unanimous vote of 393 to ...Read More
While Congress often appears to be dysfunctional and stymied by gridlock, there continues to be positive momentum and strong leadership related to policies that encourage American innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Charlie Dent
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent wants to eliminate straight-ticket voting from ballots in federal races.
(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) recently introduced H.R. 4679, the People Before Party Act of 2016, which would end the practice of straight-ticket voting. Dent released the following statement regarding his introduc...Read More
(Washington, D.C.) – This morning, Chairman Charlie Dent (PA-15) welcomed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald to present his Fiscal Year 2017 budget request and justification for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA...Read More
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent oversees a House subcommittee with oversight of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a hearing last week underscored his ongoing concerns with the troubled agency.
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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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