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LECOM receives Kelly-backed grant, among only two recipients in Pennsylvania


WASHINGTON, D.C -- Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) released the following statement celebrating the recent announcement that the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will receive grant funding awards worth over $2.2 million to aid heath care workers during the pandemic.

"LECOM is a great community partner whose staff is among those in our district who can benefit from this funding," Kelly said. "These funds will greatly impact our front line heroes who have given so much to our country and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic."


BACKGROUND On Thursday, Jan. 20, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that more than $3.8 million in awards will be distributed to Pennsylvania entities to help hospital and medical system address critical staffing shortages and burnout impacting health care workers. The goal of the funds is to reduce burnout and promote mental health and wellness among medical personnel. LECOM is one of only two grantees in the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rep. Kelly wrote a letter of support for LECOM's grant application in September 2021.

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Reps. Kelly, Latta lead effort to re-open the U.S. Capitol to the public


Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) led more than 60 of their House colleagues in calling for the reopening the U.S. Capitol to the American public. The letter requests Attending Physician Brian P. Monahan “immediately issue up-to-date Social Distancing Guidelines” to Congressional leaders.

This request comes as major sporting and entertainment events have resumed around the country, and the Senate Sergeant At Arms has chosen to reopen the Senate side of the Capitol Building to visitors and tours on a limited basis. The Senate Sergeant At Arms’ decision was not mirrored by the House Sergeant At Arms.

You can read their full letter here.

“The U.S. Capitol must continue to act as ‘The People’s House’, where the American public can actively participate in the government that serves them.  Without their participation, this institution is incomplete,” Kelly said. “The American people don’t have the luxury of closing their doors when times get tough. Yet, for nearly two years Congress has done just that. I urge the Attending Physician to immediately update his guidance on the closure of the U.S. Capitol and consider its reopening. As our nation adapts to COVID-19, so must its public institutions.”

“For generations, the Capitol has been a symbol of our Democracy,” said Latta. “It is the hall of the legislative process and holds 222 years of history. By withholding access to ‘The People’s House’ and the history it has preserved, we are depriving the American public of learning about the deep history that this building houses. We must work together to find a successful path to safely re-open the Capitol to the American public.”


BACKGROUND The Capitol closure order, issued by the House Sergeant At Arms on March 12, 2020, cited guidance from the Attending Physician and Congressional leadership as the justification for issuing the order. Since that time, Congressional leadership has repeatedly stated it defers to Attending Physician Monahan on questions of COVID-19 workplace safety policies, including a recent statement made by Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren to the Washington Post. Despite the importance of this issue, the last Social Distancing Guidelines (V6.1) issued by the Attending Physician’s offices were dated July 27, 2021.

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Rep. Mike Kelly participates in 49th Annual March for Life


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) participated 49th annual March for Life held in Washington, D.C.

"I was proud to join pro-life supporters who were able to travel to Washington for this year's March," Kelly said. "We must continue our efforts to protect the unborn both at home and in the halls of Congress. Being pro-life should not be a partisan issue. To me, life begins at conception. I believe the pro-life movement is not just about protecting life. It's also about promoting strong families."

BACKGROUND The 49th annual March for Life was held Friday in Washington, D.C. The event raises awareness of the pro-life movement and aims to support and protect both women and the unborn. The March returned in-person this year after it was moved online in 2021.

Rep. Kelly has supported several key pro-life bills in recent years, including the Heartbeat Protection Act, which would which would prohibit abortions when an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected. You can learn more about that bill here.

Kelly has also led a series of inquiries calling for transparency and accountability into the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) after recent allegations that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center used taxpayer money funneled through the N.I.H. to promote illegal abortions. You can learn more about their efforts here.

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Kelly issues statement on Congressional Auto Caucus Semiconductor Roundtable


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Auto Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Mike Kelly (PA-16) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after hosting a semiconductor roundtable with U.S. auto industry leaders.

This week, Congressional Auto Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Kaptur and Kelly hosted a roundtable with labor, manufacturing, and trade experts to discuss semiconductor availability. Attendees included Josh Nassar, Legislative Director for the United Autoworkers, Shilpan Amin, Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain for General Motors, David Isaacs, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Semiconductor Industry Association, and Alexander Perkins, Principal for Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.

The discussion focused on coordinated Congressional efforts to support the U.S. auto industry by strengthening domestic semiconductor production capabilities through passage of the CHIPS for America Act, which the Senate has incorporated into the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). USICA is currently being negotiated in both the Senate and House.

“As an automobile dealer myself, I’ve seen the bottlenecked supply chain and semi-conductor chip shortage shrink our inventory and hurt the consumer,” said Rep. Kelly. “I’m proud to work with Rep. Kaptur and our Congressional Auto Caucus members to host today’s roundtable and ultimately find solutions to this ongoing problem.”

“The U.S. auto industry is a titan of the American economy,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Nearly a million hardworking men and women go to work every day manufacturing and assembling the world’s finest vehicles. As we emerge from global disruption wrought by the pandemic, our aim must not solely be to recover, but to rise up stronger than we were before. The manufacturing and supply chain sectors are the workhorses that power and sustain our economic vitality. With the CHIPS Act as our blueprint, will unleash American innovation and be prepared for the future ahead.”

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Rep. Kelly named top Republican on Ways & Means' Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) was appointed to be the ranking member of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures for the 117th Congress. The subcommittee focuses on tax policy and revenue generated by the federal government. Kelly, who has served on the Ways & Means Committee since 2013, previously served as ranking member on the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee.

"In my new role, I will work to advance pro-growth policy and to build upon the success of the 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that created a historically great economy for so many Americans," Kelly said. "Our committee will strive to protect Americans against the Biden administration's destructive tax policies and fight to hold the IRS accountable while ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent effectively."

“Each of these deeply talented and qualified Republican leaders are well-positioned to fight for greater opportunities for workers, families, and small business owners across the country," said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Ways & Means Committee Republican Leader. “Our new Ways and Means roster is already hard at work on policies that will get America’s economy back on the right track.”

Along with his new leadership position, Kelly will remain a member of the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee. The new appointments follow the resignation of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who resigned on Jan. 1, 2022.

Republicans joining Kelly on the Ways & Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee include:

  • Rep. Tom Rice (SC)
  • Rep. David Schweikert (AZ)
  • Rep. Darin LaHood (IL)
  • Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX)
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA)
  • Rep. Kevin Hern (OK)
  • Rep. Ron Estes (KS)
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Kelly co-sponsors bill to provide local governments flexibility with COVID-19 relief funds


Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) announced he co-sponsored the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, to make various infrastructure investments eligible for payment with unspent COVID-19 relief funds. The bill, introduced by Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA), now has more than 140 bipartisan co-sponsors.

"This bill will help local governments throughout our district spend COVID-19 relief the way they best see fit," Kelly said. "Previous guidelines were too restrictive, and this provides more flexibility and options to the state and our local municipalities. I'm proud to help cut the red tape and aid our local leaders. I thank Reps. Johnson and Bourdeaux for their leadership on this effort."


Under the American Rescue Plan Act and the original CARES Act relief package, Congress provided some flexibility for how COVID funds could be spent, but most funds were not able to be used for infrastructure projects. This bill gives state and local officials additional flexibility and time to responsibly spend remaining COVID-19 relief dollars.

The bill does the following:

  • Permits eligible government entities to spend the greater of $10 million or 30% of their total fiscal relief funding on infrastructure and other new categories, some of which were created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework;
  • Does not increase spending, does not place mandates on state or local governments, and does not score;
  • Creates a new pathway for well-off entities to return their relief funding for deficit reduction purposes if they wish to do so;
  • Includes language to ensure spending supplements existing funding obligations instead of supplanting them;
  • Requires the Treasury and Transportation secretaries to report to Congress on the use of relief funds to ensure accountability;
  • Clarifies existing allocations set aside at Treasury for tribal governments and ensures they receive funding delayed by legal barriers over the last year;
  • New Uses of Fiscal Relief Funding: Projects under the following categories would now be eligible for funding with fiscal relief sent to state and local governments.

You can read more about the bill here.

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Kelly issues statement on SCOTUS vaccine mandate ruling


On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Biden administration's unlawful vaccine mandate:

"Workers, not the federal government, should have the opportunity to decide whether the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them," Kelly said. "The mandate was unlawful and not based in science. Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is a welcome victory for personal and medical freedom."

BACKGROUND On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative COVID test weekly to enter the workplace. The rulings came three days after OSHA's emergency measure for businesses started to take effect.

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Kelly issues statement on record inflation report


Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement on the Wednesday's report from the U.S. Labor Department, which shows the Consumer Price Index increased by 7% compared to one year ago. This marks inflation's fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years.

"Soaring inflation is a tax on all Americans and hits our lower- and middle-income earners the hardest," Kelly said. "From the grocery store to the gas pump, the Biden administration's economic policies are wiping out families' savings and real wage growth."

BACKGROUND The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. The latest report shows the CPI increased by 7% from Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021, the highest one-year jump since June 1982. Among the largest increases:

  • Gasoline is up 49.6%
  • Used cars are up 37.3%
  • Gas utilities are up 24.1%
  • Meat/Fish/Eggs are up 12.5%
  • Food for the home up 6.5%
  • Electricity is up 6.3%
  • Food (dining out) is up 6%
  • Transportation is up 4.2%
  • Shelter is up 4.1%
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Kelly announces Class of 2026 U.S. Service Academy nominees


Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is pleased to announce the names of the young men and women he has nominated to the prestigious United States Service Academies for the graduating Class of 2026.

A congressional nomination is an important part of the application process for those seeking admission into the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. These 20 individuals completed a highly competitive application process and were interviewed by Rep. Kelly’s independent Service Academy Advisory Board, whose members include local academy alumni and prestigious veterans. All candidates were meticulously evaluated on factors such as academic record, extracurricular achievements, leadership potential, character, and desire to serve our Nation in uniform.

“The opportunity to nominate some of Western Pennsylvania’s best and brightest to our nation’s elite service academies is an absolute honor and privilege” said Rep. Kelly. “These 20 young men and women have proven themselves to be outstanding citizens of the highest caliber and I have no doubt they will serve our country bravely and make our community proud. Furthermore, I would like to sincerely thank my Service Academy Advisory Board for their invaluable expertise and input, which is instrumental to our nomination process. I truly appreciate and applaud all board members for their commitment to finding exceptional leaders for America’s armed forces.”

The following individuals have been nominated to at least one of the U.S. Service Academies:

Tucker Amon, Lakeview High School Luke Berrios, Mercyhurst Preparatory School Chloe Casbohm, General McLane High School Garrett DeVault, Seneca Valley Senior High School Ethan Downing, Mercer High School Samuel Everson, Aquinas Academy Nicholas Eynon, Greenville Senior High School Roberto Farfan, Eden Christian Academy Collin Hudson, Cathedral Preparatory School Cole Karpinski, Greenville Senior High School Owen Krumpe, Fairview High School Julian LaPietra, North Catholic High School Caravel Losch, Butler Area High School Diesel Losch, Butler Area High School Alexander Oakes, Grove City High School Victoria Purchase, Villa Maria Academy Arianna Ruiz, Greenville Senior High School Maya Wilcox, General McLane High School Tyler Yurich, Seneca Valley Senior High School Evan Zehr, General McLane High School

If you are interested in seeking a congressional nomination in the future and would like more information regarding the application process, please visit Rep. Kelly’s website kelly.house.gov or contact Stephanie Stevenson, Academy Coordinator, at Stephanie.Stevenson@mail.house.gov.

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Kelly introduces legislation extending, expanding telehealth coverage


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), joined by Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chair Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Health Subcommittee members Mike Thompson (D-CA), and David Schweikert (R-AZ), introduced the Telehealth Extension Act.

This bipartisan bill ensures permanent access to telehealth for patients across the country by ending outdated geographic and site restrictions on where patients can receive approved telehealth services. Following recommendations from the nonpartisan, independent advisory group Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the bill also temporarily extends emergency authorities established during the COVID-19 pandemic that authorize a wide range of providers and services via telehealth. The temporary extension of these authorities will prevent an abrupt cliff in services at the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) period and allow for further study of the utilization and impact of telehealth in different medical settings.

Finally, to ensure Medicare program integrity, the Telehealth Extension Act implements MedPAC recommendations to prevent unnecessary spending and telehealth-related fraud. In 2019, the Department of Justice brought charges against telehealth executives and physicians for $1.2 billion in taxpayer losses after ordering unnecessary back, shoulder, and knee braces. In a separate scheme, Medicare was fraudulently billed $2.1 billion for cancer genetic tests. The Telehealth Extension Act’s anti-fraud provisions will complement the Department of Justice’s investigative and enforcement actions to prevent future scams and billions of dollars of losses to Medicare.   “The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted how rural Americans receive health care in fundamental ways. Seniors can now see their doctor from the comfort of their own home, and families can visit the doctor on hours that work for their schedule. Unfortunately, many of the telehealth flexibilities families have come to rely on are going to expire,” said Congressman Kelly. “This bill extends those, then goes further to lower barriers to health care for rural and underserved areas. I’m proud to be co-leading this bipartisan effort and am grateful to all of my colleagues for their tireless efforts on behalf of all Americans.”

“As Americans overcome Zoom fatigue and vaccinations enable many to return to the office and classroom, one aspect of virtual life is here to stay. Expanded access to telehealth, permitted by emergency waivers, has transformed health care delivery—helping patients connect easily and safely with their physicians in a timely manner. As the pandemic enters an unpredictable new stage and emergency waivers may expire, patients and providers should not face a cliff of uncertainty,” said Congressman Doggett. “This forward-looking bill, based on expert, independent recommendations, provides clarity, certainty, and a foundation for building a telemedicine system that expands access, preserves patient choice, and includes basic safeguards against fraud and exploitation.”

“As America emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress continues to make great strides in providing Americans—especially rural Americans—with access to quality healthcare by expanding telehealth,” said Congressman Nunes. “In particular, this legislation will extend key COVID-19 emergency telehealth waivers for another two years so that healthcare providers and Critical Access Hospitals can continue delivering telehealth services to the Americans who most need them.”

“Expanding telehealth has been a policy focus throughout my time in public service, since my days in the California State Senate. Telehealth is a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver health care, particularly for rural and underserved areas. Today as Co-Chair of the Telehealth Caucus, I am proud to join Chairman Doggett in introducing the Telehealth Extension Act, important bipartisan legislation to make telehealth available for more patients no matter where they receive care. I look forward to advancing this and other important bills to increase the use of telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Thompson.

“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that will protect patient access to a vital healthcare tool. Throughout the pandemic, telehealth has proven time and again to deliver high-quality care to individuals regardless of where they live,” said Congressman Schweikert. “This legislation is a critical step to increase accessibility, improve outcomes, and equip our nation with the tools it needs to respond to future emergencies. I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect access to telehealth for each and every American.”

The Telehealth Extension Act would:

· Permanently lift geographic and site-based restrictions so Medicare beneficiaries can use telehealth regardless of their zip code, and in the comfort and convenience of their own home or at designated health facilities offering telehealth.

· Support the adoption of telehealth in underserved communities by ensuring Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, Indian Health Service facilities, and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems can furnish telehealth services.

· Provide a two-year temporary extension of COVID-19 emergency telehealth waivers. These waivers include permitting providers like Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists to furnish telehealth services; enabling Critical Access Hospitals to continue providing outpatient behavioral therapy services through telehealth; and permitting payment for appropriate audio-only services.

· Promote program integrity with reasonable guardrails for a small subset of telehealth services that have been targets of fraud without limiting patients’ access to care. The bill would require an in-person appointment within 6 months prior to ordering high-cost durable medical equipment (DME) or major clinical laboratory tests. The legislation also authorizes CMS to audit outlier physicians ordering DME and lab tests at high rates and recover fraudulent payments. Finally, CMS will track who is billing for DME and lab tests by requiring providers to use their own national provider identifier (NPI) when billing Medicare for a telehealth service.

· Improve disaster preparedness by providing broad authority for CMS to authorize telehealth flexibilities during future emergencies.


Endorsed by: the National Rural Health Association, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Neurology, Executives for Health Innovation (eHealth Initiative), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, People’s Community Clinic, Psychiatric Medical Care, and Postpartum Support International.

“The American Nurses Association is proud to endorse the Telehealth Extension Act. This legislation will improve patients’ ability to visit their providers and access health care virtually beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency. By modernizing telehealth provisions to improve access to care, patients will not have to worry about making the painful choice between paying for gas to get to needed health care services or paying for food that week. This bill will also better help people in underserved communities by ensuring Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Indian Health Service facilities, and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems can furnish telehealth services.” – Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Nurses Association

“The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds Representatives Doggett, Nunes, Thompson, Schweikert, and Kelly for introducing the Telehealth Extension Act of 2021. Telehealth flexibilities have been the true silver lining throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical to continue support for telehealth beyond the duration of the public health emergency. NRHA urges Congress to advance the Telehealth Extension Act of 2021 to ensure rural providers are able to continue to partake in the health care delivery system of the 21st century.” – Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Association

“Throughout the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has used its authority provided by Congress to cover key audiology and speech-language pathology services delivered through telehealth. However, that authority expires once the COVID-19 PHE ends. Extending this authority for two years after the PHE expires, as called for under Section 7 of the Telehealth Extension Act of 2021, will ensure continuity of care for beneficiaries while Congress considers more permanent telehealth changes. … ASHA applauds your leadership of the Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and appreciates your support for extending current telehealth waivers beyond the COVID-19 PHE.” – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the barriers that many patients face in accessing care, regardless of where they are located. Telehealth has proven to be a critical tool to bridge those barriers, and it is essential that the policies put into place during the pandemic are made permanent,” said Jen Covich Bordenick, CEO, Executives for Health Innovation (EHI). “EHI is proud to support the Telehealth Extension Act as it will permanently remove Medicare geographic restrictions, allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive telehealth in their homes, and permit safety net providers to continue to provide telehealth services, all key priorities of our members. We urge Congress to act swiftly on these important provisions.”

"The use of telehealth has been instrumental in providing care while keeping patients and providers safe during the public health emergency," said Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics. "While the temporary telehealth policy created by the CARES Act was a step in the right direction, we need to pass the Telehealth Extension Act if we want to unlock the full potential of telehealth for rural communities."

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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he has lived for more than 50 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 and expanded its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.

As The Washington Post put it:

Kelly first got the itch to run for Congress in 2009, after the federal government took over General Motors. Kelly Motors has been in his family since his father started the business in 1953. In spring 2009, Kelly said, GM managers reviewed his Chevrolet-and-Cadillac dealership and concluded it was “perfect.”

“Then they went to Washington and they got fired,” Kelly said.

Under the government restructuring, he could sell Chevrolets but not Cadillacs.

“Wait, wait, wait!” Kelly said he told a GM representative. “This is America. You can’t come in and take my business away from me. . . . Every penny we have is wrapped up in here. I’ve got 110 people that rely on me every two weeks to be paid. . . . And you call me up and in five minutes try to wipe out 56 years of a business?”

“‘This is a new General Motors,'” Kelly recalled the man telling him. “‘That’s just the way it is.'”

Kelly went to arbitration and eventually won.

Fueled by his victory, Mike successfully ran for Congress the following year to take the fight to Washington and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Back in Butler, Mike’s auto dealerships currently employ more than 100 people from the region, and are leaders 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 sat on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mike is a former Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” initiative, which has donated more than $145 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide. He continues to work with the organization as a lawmaker.

Prior to entering Congress, Mike served on the Butler City Council and 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 awarded him its Mary DeMucci Award. 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, each of 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 has helped collect hundreds of winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.

Mike and Victoria have four children and are the proud grandparents of ten wonderful grandchildren. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when he was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Since January 3, 2019, Rep. Kelly has proudly represented Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District.

Mike is constantly honored and humbled to represent the values, interests, and concerns of the 16th District, especially as they relate to his work on the House Ways and Means Committee and his role as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight. He is proud to be considered a leader among his colleagues as he serves as the Republican chairman of the Congressional Korea Caucus, the House Automotive Caucus, the Childhood Cancer Caucus, the House Retirement Security Caucus, the Health Care Innovation Caucus, and the House Small Brewers Caucus. He is also an appointed member on the President’s Export Council.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review refers to Mike as a “no-nonsense, straight-talking Republican” and “a true man of the people.” According to CQ Roll Call, “Any encounter with Kelly has the potential to erupt into a pep rally” thanks to his “gift for enthusiastic – and rapid-fire – communication.” The popular website Breitbart.com calls Mike “a fierce defender of conservatism on Capitol Hill.” Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto calls him “a key player” and “a mover and shaker” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mike’s rousing speeches on the floor of the House and at Ways and Means committee hearings have together earned more than 3 million views on YouTube. When he delivered the weekly Republican address to the nation right before Christmas 2014 (in which he offered President Obama a lump of coal for Christmas), it quickly became the most watched GOP weekly address of all time.

During his time in the House, Mike has appeared on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, CNN’s The Situation Room, and Fox News’ HannityThe Kelly FileTucker Carlson TonightFox & Friends, and many others. Opinion features written by Mike have been published by The Wall Street JournalTIMEUSA TODAY,The Washington Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteErie Times-NewsRealClearPolitics, National Review Online, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, and many other newspapers and websites.

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