Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Dent Speaks at National Cancer Prevention Day Event


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) addressed a gathering of advocates, scientists, doctors, fellow legislators, and leaders in industry and academia at the Capitol today as part of National Cancer Prevention Da...

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Representative Dent Condemns President Obama’s Decision to Release Guantánamo Detainees


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement condemning President Obama’s decision to release 17 detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Prison to other countries in Jan...

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Ron Southwick: 16 people to watch in 2016


A new year has arrived, filled with new possibilities, challenges and opportunities.

I've compiled a list of 16 people worthy of attention in the new year. The list includes some statewide figures, but it reflects our readership in Berks County and the Tri-County area.

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Dent’s Pro-Veteran Legislation Advances with Bipartisan Support


(Washington, DC) – Representative Charlie Dent, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, released the following statement upon House passage...

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Dent: Omnibus Bill Provides Needed Budgetary Stability


(Washington, D.C.) Today the House passed the negotiated Omnibus Budget agreement by a vote of 316 to 113.

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

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Dent Supports Inclusion of 9/11 Victim Health Program & Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorizations in Omnibus


(Washington, D.C.) Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced his support today for the inclusion of the provisions of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation and Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorizations within the framework of t...

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Dent Introduces Legislation to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorists Fighting Against U.S.


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced the introduction of H.R. 4186, the Enemy Expatriation Act, that would provide for a loss of...

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Representative Dent Votes to Strengthen and Reform Visa Waiver Program


(Washington, DC) - H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 was passed by the House of Representatives by a strong bipartisan vote of 407 - 19. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) supported the bill.

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Dent Votes for SAFE Act – Puts Pause on Accepting Iraqi and Syrian Refugees


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038 – the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act – by a strongly bipartisan vot...

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Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Defeat ISIS


(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement in regards to the terror attacks in Paris:

“Our hearts and our prayers are with the...

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Dent Votes for Paul Ryan to be the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives


(Washington, DC) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released this statement today following his vote to make Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin the 54th Speaker of the House:<...>

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Dent Votes for Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted to protect seniors, deliver certainty for our military and troops, and allow for stability to be restored to the government’s appropriations process through his su...

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Dent Votes to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined an effort to reauthorize the Export – Import Bank through September 30, 2019. The measure passed with strong bipartisan support (313 to 118). Representative Dent,...

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Dent: President Obama Wrong to Veto National Defense Authorization Act


(Washington, D.C.) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto ...

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Tuesday Group Endorses Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Tuesday Group co-chairmen Congressmen Charlie Dent (PA-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), and Bob Dold (IL-10) released the following statement announcing that the group h...

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House Passes Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted to support our troops and ensure that our national security priorities are properly funded through today’s House passage of the conference agreement to H.R. 1735, the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defe...

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Dent Votes to Require that Iran Pay Americans Victimized by Acts of Terrorism it Sponsored


(Washington, D.C.) Today the House passed H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, by a vote of 251 to 173. Representative Dent co-sponsored the bill and released the fol...

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Charlie Dent says House speaker's departure won't end faction friction


Charlie Dent says House speaker's departure won't end faction friction

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Representative Dent’s Statement on the Resignation of Speaker John Boehner


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding the resignation of Speaker John Boehner.

“This is a tremendous loss for our pa...

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Representative Dent’s Statement Regarding Pope Francis


(Washington, D.C.) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding the address to Congress by Pope Francis of the Holy See:

“It was a pri...

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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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