Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Representative Dent Votes to Advance Tax Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in support of the effort to move the national tax reform and reduction debate further today. Read More

Tuesday Group Caucus Elects John Katko as Co-Chair


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, members of the Tuesday Group Caucus elected Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to serve as a Co-Chair of the caucus. He joins Co-Chairs Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) for the remainder of the 115th Congress. Read More

Dent Calls Senator Flake "A True Statesman"


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's announcing he would not seek re-election: "Today's announcement by my friend Senator Jeff Flake is sad news for the people of Arizona, the U.S. Senate and the entire United States. Jeff has always acted according to a clear compass of conservative principles, with recognition and respect for the responsibility to govern. A true statesman and dedicated public servant--Jeff never shied away from speaking out against the dysfunction and instability that has come to dominate Washington. I wish Jeff, his wife Cheryl, and their family all the best in whatever may lie ahead." Read More

Statement by Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) on Congressman Pat Tiberi's (OH-12) Retirement Announcement


“Pat is one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable and strategic legislators and has been a tireless advocate for the people of Ohio’s 12th District. As a close friend of mine, Pat is someone I have regularly called on for advice and guidance. Although this is a tremendous loss for Congress and the nation, I understand the decision and wish Pat the best in his future endeavors.” Read More

Representatives Dent and Lucas Introduce Export-Import Bank Legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3), along with 30 original co-sponsors, introduced HR 4007 today, legislation that would allow the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank to fully function and return to its important role of spurring economic growth, encouraging the creation of high-paying jobs here in the United States, and bolstering American companies’ ability to do business overseas. Read More

Dent Sends Letter Supporting Puerto Rico Relief Efforts


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined fellow Pennsylvania Representative Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, including requests for a federal cost sharing extension and an expeditious brief to Congress on relief efforts. Read More

Congressman Dent Supports Maintaining South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined a bipartisan group of nineteen Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump concerning the continuation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). President Trump has threatened to break off the trade pact with America's ally, South Korea. Read More

Dent Continues to Deliver for Fort Indiantown Gap


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced the funding for an important new construction project at Fort Indiantown Gap today. Read More

Dent Statement on Decision Not to Seek 8th Term


Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in 2018 for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has been a high honor and great responsibility to serve the people of the 15th District, and I am proud of my time in Congress. Read More

Dent Shepherds Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act Through House


“One of our primary jobs as Members of Congress is to ensure that the government is funded and fully operational, especially as it pertains to our military,” Dent said. Read More

Dent Supports Bipartisan Bill to Reinforce Sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Russia


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) supported the passage of HR 3364, Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, today. The measure passed the House today with broad, bipartisan support. Read More

Representative Dent Supports Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today. The bill (H.R. 2810) passed the house by a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. Read More

Rep. Dent Speaks on Horse Slaughter Amendment


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) speaks in support of an amendment that would temporarily ban horse slaughter during the House Appropriations Agriculture and Energy and Water Full Committee FY18 markup. Read More

Dent Supports Bill to Stop Sanctuary Cities and Enhance Public Safety


“No American family should have to face the horror and devastation that was faced by the Steinle family when their daughter, Kate, was killed by a repeat-offender felon who had been previously deported,” said Dent. Read More

Congressman Dent Questions U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley During State & Foreign Ops Hearing


At Tuesday's House Appropriations State & Foreign Operations Subcommittee Hearing, Representative Dent questions U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on the topics of UNICEF, defense, and peacekeeping missions. Read More

Dent Congratulates Class of 2021 Military Academy Attendees


Say congratulations to the future Class of 2021 military academy attendees! This year, my office received 34 total applications, with a final count of 13 accepted offers: 7 to the U.S. Naval Academy, 5 to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and one to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Read More

Chairman Dent Leads Passage of Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Spending Bill Out of Committee


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), through his capacity as Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) Subcommittee, led passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill through the full House Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will now advance to the House floor for further consideration and passage. Read More

Chairman Dent Advances Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) subcommittee, advanced the subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) appropriations bill. The legislation, which is the first spending bill of the fiscal year to proceed through the subcommittee level, meets the goals of providing for our veterans’ health, benefits, and programs; rebuilding the military; providing funding to house, train, and equip military personnel; providing housing and services to military families; and helping to maintain base infrastructure. Read More

Dent's Lehigh Valley Job Fair Attracts Over 400 Career Seekers


ALLENTOWN, Pa. –Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) hosted his seventh annual job fair in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District today. The event was held at Springhouse Middle School in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. The three-hour Job Fair offered an opportunity for local residents, who are either unemployed or looking to make a career change, to connect directly with prominent employers in the region. Read More

Congressman Dent Will Host 2017 Job Fair on June 10th


Congressman Charlie Dent will host a Job Fair on Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM to 1 PM. The Job Fair will be held at the Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road, Allentown 18104 Read More

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Rep. Dent Speaks on Horse Slaughter Amendment - 07.12.17

2017-07-13 17:06:22

Representative Charlie Dent Questions U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley - 06.27.17

2017-06-28 19:21:40

Rep. Dent Floor Remarks on Government Funding Bill (H.R. 5325)

2016-09-29 18:24:45

Rep. Dent Floor Remarks for Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act (H.R. 3537)

2016-09-26 23:14:32

18 May 16 Floor remarks MilCon VA

2016-05-19 14:05:18

Appreciating our Veterans 11-11-15

2015-11-10 21:32:00

Honoring Parkland School Board Member Roberta Marcus

2015-11-10 19:43:10

On MSNBC's UP Talking About the Speaker Situation 10-17-15

2015-10-19 01:39:01

Remarks on the House Floor Regarding Averting a Government Shutdown

2015-09-30 22:13:12

WFMZ News Story -- Banning Sale of Retail Drugs

2015-09-23 17:44:23

Introduction of H.R. 3537, the Synthetic Drug Control Act

2015-09-18 21:00:09

9 17 2015 Floor Remarks in Remembrance of DeLight Breidegam, Jr

2015-09-17 18:08:45

9 10 15 Iran Nuclear Deal

2015-09-11 21:49:41

Speaking on the House Floor in Support of Repealing the Medical Device Tax

2015-06-17 21:28:41

National Collegiate Athletics Accountability Act

2015-06-12 15:19:07

Funding Inward-Facing Cameras for Amtrak Trains

2015-06-04 19:50:51

Saving Consumers Money on Ceiling Fans

2015-05-01 17:31:00

4 29 2015 Milcon VA Opening Floor Statement

2015-04-29 21:09:03

It's Not About Taking Care of the VA -- It's About Taking Care of the Veteran

2015-03-21 20:22:25

CNN Sunday, March 1st with Anchor Fredricka Whitfield

2015-03-02 20:51:17

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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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