The following is a statement by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) regarding recent news from the southern border:
“As a father to four and grandfather to ten, the sight of any child being separated from his or her parents is deeply troubling to me. I want to get this problem solved immediately. For instances when the child is verifiably not being exploited or facing any danger, then I agree with President Trump that current policy should be changed to keep family units together. When dealing with the many facets of immigration and border control policy, numerous concerns must always be carefully weighed, including legal, economic, security, and humanitarian consequences. Responsibly debating this issue must begin with separating concrete facts from sensationalized rumors, half-truths, and falsehoods. As a lawmaker, I have an obligation to hear from all sides of this debate, including law enforcement authorities in the federal government who work hard to keep our country safe. As a representative, I have a duty to craft policies in the best interests of the safety and prosperity of all Western Pennsylvanians, including wage security for our workers. As I continue to review the facts of the current situation and listen to concerns from my constituents, I remain ready to work with my congressional colleagues to update our border policies in a way that is fully good for our citizens, tough on criminals, and humane to families looking for a better life.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO), and Ted Budd (R-NC) announced today the introduction of the Generating American Income and Infrastructure Act (GAIIN) Act (H.R. 6104), legislation that would require the Department of Agriculture to sell its distressed assets on the open market and then direct the Department of Treasury to distribute the proceeds to communities below the national poverty line for infrastructure projects that would directly improve their economic viability. Furthermore, the bill requires that a portion of the workforce for each of these projects must come from the communities being improved.
Rep. Kelly (R-PA): “Even in this time of historically strong economic growth, some of our country’s poorest communities are still waiting for significant infrastructure improvements. This unique, bipartisan piece of legislation will directly benefit them and boost their economies without raising taxes or adding to the deficit. In fact, it will help bring our nation’s record-high debt back down. It’s win-win-win. With this bill, our communities will be overlooked no more.”
Rep. Clay (D-MO): “This innovative, bipartisan bill offers a creative way to help our poorest neighborhoods gain employment and critical investments in long-delayed infrastructure projects. It is also fiscally responsible by taking distressed USDA assets and putting them to work to close the deep disparities that have deprived many urban areas of the vital infrastructure dollars needed to attract new jobs, new businesses and future growth.”
Rep. Budd (R-NC): “We need infrastructure investment in our state. This bill gets us there with bipartisan support.”
The bipartisan coalition believes that many of the poorest areas throughout the United States have been routinely overlooked by policymakers in Washington, and that these areas are in dire need of infrastructure improvements that will facilitate economic growth and lasting self-sustainability. They consider the revival of these forgotten cities and towns to be a moral, fiscal, and economic imperative—one that can uniquely unite conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats from minority communities.
NOTE: Rep. Kelly (R-PA) is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee. Rep. Clay (D-MO) is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus. Rep. Budd (R-NC) is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Freedom Caucus.
Federal agencies currently hold more than $2 trillion in debt and lease assets that, if sold, could raise a significant amount of money. The sale of these fixed-rated debt assets at this time would maximize asset value, considering that interest rates are on the rise and the Federal Reserve’s quantitative tightening program is on the horizon. As interest rates rise, the value of the agency assets will decline—perhaps substantially. Importantly, the sales would not alter the terms of the loans. The consumer protection obligations associated with eligible Department of Agriculture loans and guarantees would convey with the sale, thereby minimizing impact on borrowers.
Additionally, borrowers would be given 30‐days’ notice of any sale and offered the opportunity to refinance at the same price of a potential sale. The GAIIN Act’s authors believe that there are sufficient private sector programs available for borrowers to refinance their loans at the discounted value. Any loans that remain outstanding would be eligible for sale to investors, which, under the GAIIN Act, would occur without recourse and create no liability for the U.S. government. Servicing would be provided by private entities with the demonstrated capacity to effectively service such loans.
During the Reagan administration, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (P.L. 99‐509) required specified federal agencies to sell certain outstanding loans. For example, the program required the Secretary of Agriculture to sell debt assets held in the Farmers Home Administration Rural Development Insurance Fund over a three‐year period. The proposal outlined within the GAIIN Act is modeled on the earlier program and incorporates its various provisions.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced earlier today that Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, will receive $1.5 million for beach nourishment in the USACE’s work plan for fiscal year 2018. On March 8, 2018, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) sent a personal letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to formally request that sand replenishment for Presque Isle remain a high-priority project in the USACE’s FY 2019 budget and FY 2018 work plan.
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“I am very pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers has once again recognized the importance of properly maintaining Presque Isle State Park’s seven-mile shoreline. These beaches are a natural and economic treasure for our entire region and country. I'm very proud to have once again led this bipartisan effort to ensure that they remain pristine and healthy for the millions of families and tourists who visit them each year, as well as the hundreds of local jobs they support.”
BACKGROUND: On April 20, 2018, Rep. Kelly submitted a joint bipartisan letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to once again officially requesting that sand replenishment for Presque Isle remains a high-priority project in the USACE FY 2018 work plan and FY 2019 budget. The letter was co-signed by Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), and U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Rep. Kelly has led numerous congressional efforts to protect Presque Isle and Lake Erie since taking office in 2011. An overview of his recent work can be read here.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon in support of his amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 (H.R 8). The amendment, which was unanimously adopted, directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the number of recreational boaters who use the Allegheny River locks, as well as their economic impact on the region, when prioritizing funding for the locks.
Text of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:
“Mr. Speaker, this amendment allows the Army Corps of Engineers to strongly consider the large number of recreational boats that use the locks on the Allegheny River in my district when prioritizing operation and maintenance projects.
“River communities on the Allegheny, like Kittanning, Ford City, Freeport, East Brady, and others, rely on recreational boating for their economic well-being. In recent years, the Army Corps and a local non-profit, the Allegheny River Development Corporation, have developed a successful private-public partnership. Their partnership has resulted in private money being raised to keep the locks operational only on summer weekends for recreational use. This amendment will allow the Army Corps the flexibility it needs to help keep the locks open throughout the summer tourism months once again.
“Speaking on this issue, a Commissioner in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, once said, ‘Washington has already taken away our coal jobs, now they are trying to take away our river.’ Because of the hard work of people like Linda Hemmes and other community leaders, the river is still open to thousands of boaters who enjoy the Allegheny on summer weekends. But even the weekend lock operations are still very much at risk, and it is my hope that this amendment will allow the Army Corps to prioritize funding so that the river remains passable all summer long for decades to come.”
NOTE: The House of Representatives passed WRDA yesterday evening by a vote of 408-2. The full text of Rep. Kelly’s amendment can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — The co-chairs of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus – U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) – issued the following statements today after their bipartisan bill, the Childhood Cancer STAR (Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research) Act (H.R. 820, S. 292), was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump yesterday evening.
“The enactment of the most comprehensive anti-cancer bill ever passed is a triumph for all Americans. It was a true honor to be in the Oval Office yesterday evening as President Trump signed this historic bill into law. I firmly believe that the day is drawing nearer when no child ever has to hear the words ‘You have cancer’ again. With tools like the STAR Act, the fight to end pediatric cancer forever can and will be won!”
“No parent should have to lose a child to cancer. Sadly, childhood cancer remains a leading cause of death in American children. With this legislation, we are taking concrete steps to battle this disease. I am proud we were able to work across the aisle to see this important legislation to the finish line. This bill will ultimately save the lives of young patients in North Carolina and across the country.”
"Yesterday is a historic day – the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill is now law. By elevating the fight against childhood cancer at the National Institute of Health, and giving them more tools to be more effective in this fight, we will find the best solutions and care for our children. None of this would have been possible without all of the advocates and survivors who continue to share their stories and motivate Members to act.”
"Yesterday, Congress and the President joined forces to say ‘Enough is Enough’ when it comes to the devastating impacts of childhood cancer. I’m grateful for the hard work and dedication of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in the Childhood Cancer Caucus. However, the credit really belongs with the childhood cancer community who never faltered in the fight to pass the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill in the history of Congress. On behalf of every child, parent, and family affected by this deadly scourge, thank you.”
NOTE: The Childhood Cancer STAR Act will advance childhood cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments for the nearly 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year, while also improving efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences and enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.
Expanding Opportunities for Childhood Cancer Research: Due to the relatively small population of children with cancer and the geographic distance between these children, researching childhood cancer can be challenging. As such, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act would authorize the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to expand existing efforts to collect biospecimens for childhood cancer patients enrolled in NCI-sponsored clinical trials to collect and maintain relevant clinical, biological, and demographic information on all children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.
Improving Childhood Cancer Surveillance: Building upon previous efforts, this bill would authorize grants to state cancer registries to identify and track incidences of child, adolescent, and young adult cancer. This funding would be used to identify and train reporters of childhood cancer cases, secure infrastructure to ensure early reporting and capture of child cancer incidences, and support the collection of cases into a national childhood cancer registry.
Improving Quality of Life for Childhood Cancer Survivors: Unfortunately, even after beating cancer, as many as two-thirds of survivors suffer from late effects of their disease or treatment, including secondary cancers and organ damage. This legislation would enhance research on the late effects of childhood cancers and improve the quality of life for survivors by funding models of long-term care to promote collaboration among providers and to help monitor the progress of survivors as they age.
Ensuring Pediatric Expertise at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would require the inclusion of at least one pediatric oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board and would improve childhood health reporting requirements to include pediatric cancer.
BACKGROUND: The Childhood Cancer STAR Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Kelly, Butterfield, McCaul, and Speier in February 2017. The legislation earned 371 co-sponsors in the House and 55 in the U.S. Senate.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented his quarterly 3rd District Community Champion Award to Grace Beal, founder of Layups for Lucy, yesterday evening at Neshannock High School in New Castle, PA.
Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Ms. Beal:
In 2009, when Grace was just 7 years old, her youngest sister Lucy died of a congenital heart disease. The loss of 11month-old Lucy was an absolute tragedy that devastated the entire Beal family and led to a painful mourning period. However, in the midst of grief, Grace developed a sincere desire to honor Lucy’s memory and make a difference for those who will unfortunately experience similar circumstances.
When Grace reflects on Lucy’s journey she is reminded of the hardships but also recalls the kindness and compassion her family received from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Even after all of these years, Grace is quick to praise the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and applaud their unwavering dedication to patients and families in need of support.
By seventh grade, Grace created “Layups for Lucy” which initially began as a 3-on-3 basketball tournament but has developed into much more. Now an annual event, Layups for Lucy has raised over $70,000 and continues to evolve and prosper each year. Grace was invigorated by raising money and helping others, which led to her decision to create a Layups for Lucy fund and become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Grace is quick to attribute the success of the event to the involvement of her friends and family, Neshannock High School students and staff, and members of the New Castle community who have been actively involved and extremely generous.
In sum, Grace displayed resilience in the face of adversity. She turned her pain into passion and created a commitment to helping others. Grace has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and has thrived as a leader, encouraging others to get involved and give back. Although she has already accomplished so much, Grace has no plans to slow down now. Grace is energized by helping others and she will continue to strive for greatness and uplift those in need, however necessary.
In serving her community, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the memory of her sister Lucy, Grace is an absolute inspiration. Her compassion and generosity have positively influenced the lives of many and will continue to do so for years to come. Therefore, on behalf of the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Grace Beal, an admirable young lady, a selfless individual, and a true Community Champion.
BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation instituted by the Office of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly in January 2015 to recognize and thank service-minded individuals throughout Pennsylvania's Third Congressional District for selfless and significant contributions to their surrounding communities. Each winner is presented with an official award plaque from Rep. Kelly’s office, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, and a statement of congratulations entered into the official congressional record.
NOTE: More information about Layups Lucy can be found here.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) sent a joint letter with 78 other members of the House and Senate today urging President Donald J. Trump to protect faith-based organizations that provide child welfare services from losing federal funding because of their religious faith.
While faith-based agencies play an important role in finding safe and loving homes for some of the more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, many of these agencies are now facing mounting threats to their ability to continue doing their critical work because of their religious beliefs. In areas such as Boston, the District of Columbia and Illinois, agencies have already been forced to close their doors.
In their letter, members of Congress called on the Trump Administration to enforce the existing laws and protections that make it illegal for states to withhold this funding based on the organization’s moral objections. They also urged the Department of Health and Human Services to review old and consider issuing new regulations that ensure government entities are providing access to foster care and adoption contracts on an equal basis with other providers — and in a way that accounts for and protects the unique religious identity, beliefs and practices of faith-based agencies.
“We cannot allow history to repeat itself and shut out faith-based agencies doing crucial and quality work,” the members wrote. “Too much is at stake to place politics above the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable children. Members of Congress are working to develop legislative solutions. But this issue is so important that all branches of government must take responsible action.”
According to the members of Congress, taking action to protect these faith-based agencies would be firmly in line with President Trump’s recent executive order on “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It is also supported by the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which affirmed that the denial of a public benefit solely on the basis of an organization’s religious nature violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise.
* * * The full letter can be viewed here.
Co-signers of the letter in the Senate include: Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Joni K. Ernst, R-Iowa, James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., James Lankford, R-Okla., Michael S. Lee, R-Utah, James E. Risch, R-Idaho, Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Roger F. Wicker, R-Miss.
Co-signers of the letter in the House include: Representatives George Holding, R-N.C., Jason Smith, R-Mo., Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., James B. Renacci, R-Ohio, Diane Black, R-Tenn., Mike Bishop, R-Mich., Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, Darin LaHood, R-Ill., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., Pete Olson, R-Texas, Randy K. Weber Sr., R-Texas, Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., Steve King, R-Mo., Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa., Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., Mark Walker, R-N.C., Steve Russell, R-Okla., Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., Tom Marino, R-Pa., Clay Higgins, R-La., David P. Roe, M.D., R-Tenn., Rick W. Allen, R-Ga., Ron Estes, R-Kan., Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Michael C. Burgess, M.D., R-Texas, Tom Graves, R-Ga., Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., Lloyd Smucker, R-Pa., Brian Babin, R-Texas, Brad R. Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Gary J. Palmer, R-Ala., Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Mark E. Amodei, R-Nev., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., Richard Hudson, R-N.C., Jim Banks, R-Ind., Keith J. Rothfus, R-Pa., Roger W. Marshall, R-Kan., Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, Robert J. Wittman, R-Va. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., Todd Rokita, R-Ind., Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, Neal P. Dunn, R-Fla., Luke Messer, R-Ind., John H. Rutherford, R-Fla., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Andy Harris, R-Md., Jody B. Hice, R-Ga., Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., Alexander X. Mooney, R-W.Va., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., Mia Love, R-Utah and Chris Stewart, R-Utah.
BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly and Sen. Enzi are the lead sponsors of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (also known as "the Inclusion Act"), which would protect faith-based child welfare service providers from unfair government discrimination.
WASHINGTON — The co-chairs of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus – U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) – issued the following statement today applauding the unanimous House passage of S. 292, the Senate companion to their bill, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act. The legislation will elevate and prioritize pediatric cancer research at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and strongly improve child-focused cancer treatments, surveillance, and quality of life resources for survivors.
“Today was a long-anticipated day for the pediatric cancer community, and one to be celebrated. This bill is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill to ever pass Congress and will finally head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. Childhood cancer remains one of the deadliest killers of our kids and we as a Congress, and a nation, must say, ‘Enough is enough.’ As co-chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, we would like to thank all those who made this possible, including the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the entire childhood cancer advocacy community.”
BACKGROUND: The Childhood Cancer STAR Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by the four co-chairs of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus on February 2, 2017. The legislation earned 370 co-sponsors in the House and 55 in the Senate.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) that it will be requiring a monthly credit (or “negative surcharge”) on customer bills for 17 major electric, natural gas, and water and wastewater utilities, totaling more than $320-million per year. According to PUC, this change is “the result of the substantial decrease in federal corporate tax rates and other tax changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, which impacted the tax liability of many utilities.”
“Today’s announcement of lower utility rates for Pennsylvania households is the latest piece of great news to come about because of the historic enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In addition to lower taxes, more take-home pay, and a surging economy that’s seeing companies come back and grow in America, millions of Pennsylvanians will soon be saving money every month on their gas, water, and electrics bills. More affordable bills will help every family in Western Pennsylvania, as they already have across our country. I couldn’t be prouder to have fought for both PUC’s decision and the commonsense tax cuts that made it possible.”
BACKGROUND: On March 9, 2018, Rep. Kelly joined fellow Pennsylvania Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Bill Shuster (R-PA) in sending an official letter to PUC insisting that the Commission “act expeditiously to ensure that, in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, utility customers receive the full benefits of the newly reduced federal tax rate.” The full letter can be viewed here.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after the conclusion of today’s full committee mark-up hearing to approve a series of legislation to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, including the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act (H.R. 5773), which includes a bipartisan bill previously introduced by Rep. Kelly known as the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act. (H.R. 5684).
Statement by Rep. Kelly:
“The opioid epidemic is killing 116 Americans every day. Very sadly, Western Pennsylvania is all too familiar with this crisis, and our communities are working together to fight it—but they need help. With today’s package, we have real bipartisan solutions to help our family members, friends, and neighbors defeat their addictions and stay protected from abuse.
“The Protecting Seniors From Opioid Abuse Act is a bipartisan bill that I proudly introduced to help vulnerable seniors manage their medications and avoid prescription drug abuse. This simple bill gives seniors who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse access to Medication Therapy Management. This successful program allows seniors to sit down with a pharmacist or other health professional and receive expert advice on how to manage their prescriptions.
“The Center Medicare and Medicaid Services has already identified that this approach works to reduce opioid overuse and avoid dangerous drug interactions. Expanding access to Medication Therapy Management for at-risk beneficiaries will ensure that these dangerous drugs are used properly before dependency and addiction can develop.”
NOTE: Rep. Kelly introduced H.R. 5684 on May 7, 2018, with U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Michael Doyle (D-PA). The legislation would expand eligibility to Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs for Medicare beneficiaries who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was marked up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 9, 2018.
Medicare currently offers MTM programs for beneficiaries with complex health needs. This program helps beneficiaries and their doctor make sure that their medications are working to improve their health. With MTM, a pharmacist or other health professional can give beneficiaries a comprehensive review of all their medications and talk with them about: how well their medications are working; whether their medications have side effects; if there might be interactions between drugs; and other problems they may be having. Beneficiaries then receive a written summary of this discussion, including an action plan that recommends what they can do to make the best use of your medications. They also receive a personal list of all the medications they are taking and an explanation of why they are taking each of them.
Currently, this program is only available for certain Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions or those taking several medications — but the program could also be used to help prevent opioid abuse by at-risk beneficiaries. In fact, CMS encourages but does not require plans to offer MTM services to beneficiaries who meet the plan’s criteria for opioid overutilization.
Expanding access to the Medication Therapy Management program for Medicare beneficiaries who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse will allow them to sit down with a pharmacist or other health professional and receive expert advice on how to manage their prescriptions. These seniors will benefit from MTM services such as comprehensive medication review, targeted medication review, and interventions with their prescribers.
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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for the past 53 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s, expanding its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.
Mike currently employs over 100 people from the region, and is a leader in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has served on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike was Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $58 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.
Mike was a Butler City councilman, and has sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities gave Mike the Mary DeMucci Award and the Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.
Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provides unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect over 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.
Mike and Victoria have four children: George III, Brendan, Charlotte and Colin; and are the proud grandparents to George IV, Vivian, Elizabeth, Helena, Elaina, Maeve and Victoria. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when Mike was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Mike looks forward to representing the interests and voicing the concerns of the 3rd District, especially as they relate to Mike’s work on the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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