Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly


Rep. Mike Kelly's 2019 Year-End Report


Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year with your family and friends. This season we had the opportunity to reflect on many things, including that even in the midst of a time of division and turmoil, we live free in the greatest country on earth because a precious few were willing to fight to secure and defend our liberty. 

Thank you for trusting me to serve you in the People's House. Taking western Pennsylvania's voice to our nation's capital has been the honor of my life and I take that responsibility seriously. This report seeks to highlight how I have worked for you this year and offer an update on the state of our politics and policy in Washington.

Unfortunately, impeachment of President Trump has overshadowed a well-spring of great news that we should all be celebrating. Let's get our impeachment discussion out the way. 

On Impeachment, I voted 'NO'

In December, the House of Representatives, led by Democratic leadership, impeached President Trump, charging him with an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." The facts don't support these allegations, and I believe the effort to remove the president from office is a cynical attempt to damage him ahead of the 2020 election, not allegiance to the Constitution or to an oath of office as proponents of impeachment claim. I voted against both articles of impeachment on the House floor and look forward to America continuing to win under his leadership.

The Best Economy in Half a Century

While the left obsessed over removing the president from office this year, the American economy continued to perform at the best levels in half a century. The president's policy of ending burdensome regulations coupled with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have led to historically low unemployment and higher wages for American workers.  Here are a few statistics to illustrate just how good things are:

Here at home we're seeing a resurgence. Like the rest of the country, western Pennsylvania is feeling the affects of this booming economy. Manufacturing jobs are on the rise, opportunity zones are helping revitalize our cities, and we are seeing hope for a better future. What more could we ask for? In 2020, I will fight for policies that continue this trend.

Promises Made, Promises Kept

President Trump committed to defend American workers and put our country first in trade negotiations, and he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have delivered.

  • The North American Free Trade Agreement that Devastated western Pennsylvania will soon be a thing of hte past. It is about ot replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a new trade deal with our neighbors to the north and south that better suits the 21st century economy. The agreement provides security for American worker sand establishes rules for digital trade, among other incredible benefits. I voted 'YES' on USMCA when it passed the House in December.
  • China will not longer be able to take advantage of lax trade politics that hurt American workers and our industrial capacity. President Trump recently announced Phase One, a deal between the United States and China that is the first step in re-balancing our trade relationship. Included in this deal was an agreement by the Chineses to buy billions more in U.S. agricultural products, great news for western Pennsylvania farmers.
  • The United States withdrew from the United nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). I urged President Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the ATT in March 2018 because it does not expressly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. It also hindered our ability to fulfill our commitment to key allies such as Taiwan and Israel. I have long-wondered why the United States would participate in and pay for a treaty that neglects the fundamental rights of its citizens, threatens is defense industrial base, and treats its right to transfer arms on an equal footing with totalitarian regimes. The president promised to put America first, and once again he has delivered.

2019 Legislative Achievements

  • H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act: The IRS should be a resource, not an adversary, and we made that a reality with enactment of the Taxpayer First Act. The law will change the taxpayer’s experience by bringing the IRS into the 21st century. Among other reforms, it completely restructured the agency to improve efficiency, bolster cyber security, and require it to develop a customer service plan based on private sector best practices. It also established an independent appeals board to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair hearing during disputes. I was proud to co-author this legislation with Representative John Lewis, D-Georgia.

President Trump signs the Taxpayer First Act on July 1, 2019

  • H.R. 1994, the SECURE Act: Preparing and planning for retirement is a daunting task, but it's critical to the financial security of Americans. The SECURE Act opened new paths to retirement savings that will help you keep more of your money, make it easier for employers to offer retirement plans, and many other benefits. I authored this legislation Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
  • H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019: Obamacare established the "Cadillac Tax," a 40% penalty on employer sponsored health insurance plans that the government viewed as too expensive. Recognizing that this was terrible policy, subsequent Congresses voted to delay implementation of this tax multiple times. I am happy to report that legislation I authored with Representative Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) that was enacted this year permanently repealed this unnecessary tax that would make health insurance more expensive and of lower quality.
  • H.R. 510, the Building Rail Access for Customers and Economy Act: The economic success of rural areas and small towns requires access to main railroad lines. Short line rails provide that connection between our communities, large cities and America's ports. H.R. 510 permanently extended the short line railroad maintenance tax credit to make it easier to keep those lines operating and in good repair. I was proud to author this legislation with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).
  • H.R. 2089, the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019: Energy production and consumption are a huge part of western Pennsylvania's economy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implemented tax credits for renewable fuels and the production of biodiesel. Legislation I authored with Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) extends that tax credit to continue the incentive to invest in new energy sources that will keep costs down.
  • H.R. 1175, the Craft Beverage Modernization Act of 2019: Small brewers, distillers, vintners, and cideries across our nation are creating jobs and building local economies. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the excise tax on these small businesses and this legislation made that reduction permanent. Craft beverage makers across western Pennsylvania have told me they use the excise tax savings to buy new equipment, hire more people, and for other investments in their businesses. Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and I wrote this one together.
  • H.R. 4964, the Paid Family Leave Pilot Extension Act: As a father of four and grandfather of ten, I know that raising children is a full-time job. It's also critical to have peace of mind and time to heal when our health fails us. We must do all we can to encourage businesses to offer family and medical leave to employees, which is why I wrote this legislation to extend the tax credit for employers who do so. 
  • H.R. 2679, the 529 OPTIONS Act: The tax code has allowed tax-free distributions from qualified tuition programs called 529 plans for four-year universities for some time, and now, they can be used for expenses associated with apprenticeship programs. America needs more men and women to learn skills in the trades, and this is one way to make that more affordable. I wrote this legislation with Representative Donald Norcross (D-N.J.).

Goals for 2020

Prescription drug prices, including insulin, are on the rise. I am working to address that problem, as well as advocating policies to help rebuild our country's aging infrastructure. Here are a few of my top policy goals for 2020:

  • Reducing the cost of insulin: Earlier this year, I introduced H.R. 4244, the MAGIC Act, legislation that would create a clear and permanent pathway for the approval of a generic insulin at the FDA. As of this date, no true and affordable generic insulin exists because of regulatory and legal barriers, and this lack of competition has led to skyrocketing costs for this life-saving drug. This is unacceptable, and I am committed to finding a solution for American diabetics. Visit my government website for more information on the MAGIC Act.
  • H.R. 3107, the Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act: Health insurance plans, including many Medicare Advantage plans, require doctors to obtain pre-approval for certain medical treatments before they can provide care. Known as prior authorization, this process is meant to control costs by reducing medically unnecessary procedures.  My bill would establish an electronic prior authorization process that will streamline the approval of routine medical procedures. There should not be a delay in patient care because of inefficient administrative procedures between health care providers and insurers.
  • I am co-chair of the Health Care Innovation Caucus with Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Calif.). We are a bipartisan group of lawmakers working together on creative health care policy solutions that foster innovation in the medical industry. Our primary focus is exploring solutions that improve patient outcomes. We want to reward health care providers who deliver results for patients and move away from the current fee-for-service model, which can incentivize unnecessary treatments and less personal care.
  • H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act: Ports and harbors across America are in disrepair, and they require dredging and other improvements.That includes the Port of Erie. Ports are essential to economic prosperity, and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund was established to keep them maintained. Unfortunately, Congress has routinely raided the fund for other purposes. Only in Washington would you need legislation to require money in a trust fund to be used for its designated purpose, so I wrote this bill with Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to make sure our harbors and ports get the investment they need.
  • H.R. 5351, the Short Sea Shipping Act of 2019: To encourage the movement of goods by ship in the Great Lakes region rather by rail or highway, I wrote legislation with Representative Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) that would create a limited exemption from the Harbor Maintenance Tax for certain ships loading and unloading cargo between two American ports or Canadian ports on the Great Lakes. Doing so would stimulate growth in the shipping sector, ease congestion and deterioration of western Pennsylvania highways and rail lines. With this bill, we can ease the burden on our infrastructure and support the Port of Erie. It's a win-win.
  • H.R. 3316, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act: Investment is pouring into urban communities across America, revitalizing downtown areas, and building new housing. Often left out of this conversation is investment in renovations to aging single-family homes in suburban neighborhoods. That's why I wrote this legislation with Representative Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) to spur growth in our nation's suburbs.
  • H.R. 1251, the Public Buildings Renewal Act: Our nation's government buildings are aging and in dire need of repair, so I wrote legislation with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) to offer tax incentives for private entities to invest in renovating public buildings.
  • H.R. 3051, the Commercial, Low Emissions And Net Energy Reduction Buildings Act: Making buildings more energy efficient is always a good goal, so I wrote legislation with Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) that would extend a tax deduction to update and renovate buildings to achieve that goal. It's good for our environment and stimulates economic activity.
  • H.R. 3832, the Legacy IRA Act: Charities across our nation provide education and economic opportunity to families in need, and their work is made possible by millions of individual givers each year. This bill, which I wrote with Rep. Don Beyer (R-Va.), would encourage more giving by allowing Americans to give to charity tax-free from their IRA retirement accounts if they so choose. This form of giving has grown exponentially in recent years and we want to make it even easier.
  • Save the Erie SeaWolves: On a more personal local level, Major League Baseball (MLB) is threatening to cut ties with 42 Minor League Baseball teams, including the Erie SeaWolves. The SeaWolves are an integral part of Erie's identity, as are minor league teams across the country for rural communities and small towns. Losing their teams would devastate millions of baseball fans across America. Though there is not an explicit action Congress can take to prevent MLB from abandoning these teams, I joined a group of lawmakers who wrote to Commissioner Rob Manfred in November urging MLB to reconsider their plan.

Pennsylvania's 16th District Wins

  • Optimism in western Pennsylvania is booming with our economy. This is no exaggeration: the economy of western Pennsylvania is very much a part of the overall boom across the nation. I have spoken with workers and business owners across our district, and wages are rising and jobs are being created. Investment in our communities has been growing to levels once thought impossible. I am committed to policies that will keep our economy rolling!
  • Sand Replenishment at Presque Isle State Park:  Western Pennsylvanians know that Presque Isle State Park is a part of Erie's identity, but erosion of its beaches is a constant threat. Every year we ask the Army Corps of Engineers replenish the sand so these beaches remain open for future generations of Americans. This year, we asked President Trump again and he delivered. The sand came earlier than usual in anticipation of the summer busy season. I am committed to policies that preserve Presque Isle for our communities and the millions who visit each year.
  • High-level cabinet officials visited our district this year: Before President Trump, it had been a very long time, if ever, that a member of the president's cabinet visited western Pennsylvania. This year, Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was the third since 2017. He visited Erie to discuss the success of Opportunity Zones program that is revitalizing downtown. These zones were established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and are causing investment in places that were once forgotten, creating hope for a better economic future in some of America's poorest neighborhoods.

Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson presents a grant award to the city of Erie

  • Former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer visited New Castle's ELLWOOD Group plant: Ellwood Group is a contractor for the Navy and produces steel propulsion shafts for ships. His visit was an opportunity for President Trump's administration to see how western Pennsylvania contributes to America's national defense. Our workers are building warships!

Former Navy Secretary Spencer and I meeting before ELLWOOD Group plant tour. ELLWOOD builds propulsion shafts for  ships.

How My Staff and I Directly Served You in 2019

My staff and I take pride in the services we offer to the residents of Pennsylvania's 16th district. We are proud of the fact that for the second year in a row, we were a finalist for the Democracy Award in Constituent Service. Here is a snapshot of the work we did for you this year. 

  • We staffed three full-time constituent offices that are located in Erie, Sharon, and Butler.
  • These offices primarily assist constituents with issues they are experiencing involving federal agencies. We have worked on and completed nearly 2,000 cases this year alone. In addition, our district offices serve as your liaison to federal agencies and a one stop shop for federal resources.

  • We attended 145 in-district constituent outreach meetings with individuals, groups, schools, hospitals, and other entities;
  • We met with the employers and employees at 41 local businesses to discuss how federal policies are affecting them and what we can do to help them grow their business and keep our economy roaring for American workers;
  • Corresponded with tens of thousands of constituents in the form of phone calls, pieces of mail, e-mail, and faxes;
  • Sent several million outreach emails, including public service announcements, monthly newsletters, policy updates, and notices of services available.
  • Hosted four telephone town hall meetings, three of which covered specific topics to help participants learn more about the tax filing process, Social Security, and Medicare. The fourth town hall covered a wide-array of policy issues, allowing constituents to hear directly from me about what's happening in Washington. Each event included thousands of participants from the 16th district, far more than any in-person town hall could accommodate.
  • Delivered 641 American flags to constituents;
  • Nominated 19 constituents to the elite U.S. Service Academies, following an extensive application and evaluation process, for the graduating class of 2024;
  • Hosted a school safety seminar. We partnered with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Attorney Scott Brady to provide school safety training to representatives from school districts, colleges, and police departments. Participants included 64 community partners.
  • Officially recognized 247 constituents for various outstanding public achievements that benefit our communities.
  • Hosted the national Congressional Art Competition, promoting the value of the arts and recognizing the talent of high school students from across the 16th District;
  • Assisted hundreds of families with 516 official tours, including 233 tours of the U.S. Capitol; 203 tours of the White House; 15 tours of the Library of Congress; 11 tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and 54 tours of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Expanded my online constituent communication, ending the year with 16,564 fans on Facebook and more than 20,000 followers on Twitter.
  • Doubled our subscriber list for e-newsletters. Sign up here.
  • Engaged in hundreds of interviews with local, regional, and national newspapers, radio shows, websites, and television programs.


I look forward to working with you and President Trump in 2020 to build an even more prosperous country. God bless you, and God bless America.

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation regarding the January 7 Iranian missile strikes:

"After years of Iranian aggression and the last administration's appeasement policy, America is leading again under President Trump. He has shown the resolve and restraint necessary to confront the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. It was the right decision to eliminate Iran's top terrorist, Qassam Soleimani, something previous presidents failed to do. Attacks on Americans will no longer be tolerated. I stand behind this president as he pursues peace through strength."


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Representative Kelly Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge Winners


Washington, D.C. - Representative Mike Kelly announced today that Elyse Chess and Brooke Lassinger are the winners of Pennsylvania's 16th District 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The app they created called "Let's Get Down to Buzzness," is an educational game app that allows players to engage in a business venture. Second place winners Noah Bernarding and Janice Comstock created "Lifesaver," an app through which users can easily report emergencies to police. Third place winner Mackenzie McGraw's "Homework Reminder" helps students record homework assignments and set reminders for when it's due. These winners were selected by an independent board of judges who evaluated each app across three criteria including concept, design, and skill. 

"Congratulations to Elyse and Brooke for winning this year's Congressional App Challenge, and thank you to all the participants in the program," said Kelly. Each of you are exceptional students with God-given creative talent. By participating in this challenge you developed computer coding skills that are crucial to America's economic future, and your work tells us that future is bright!"


Congress created the CAC to foster and highlight STEM and computer-based skills in America, which faces a shortage of programmers. The program encourages students to learn the skills necessary to fill these well-paying, in-demand jobs, an investment that seeks to maintain U.S. competitiveness. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognize them for their efforts.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us and review the 2019 rules. If you have any questions regarding the CAC for PA16 specifically, Congressman Kelly's Butler District Office staff is available to assist you.


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Kelly: USMCA a Win for American Workers and Farmers


Washington, D.C. - Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a landmark trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Representative Mike Kelly voted in favor of passing USMCA and issued the following statement:

"Western Pennsylvanians know that NAFTA was a raw deal for our region, so I was proud to vote in favor of USMCA, President Trump's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that puts our workers and farmers first. USMCA is a major victory for Americans, and now it will finally move forward and help build on the best economy our country has experienced in half a century."

Rep. Kelly's Speech on the House Floor in Support of USMCA


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Kelly Votes Against Articles of Impeachment


Washington, D.C. - This evening, the United States House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released the following statement after voting 'NO' on both articles:

"I was proud to stand with President Trump against this charade by voting against both articles of impeachment. It's ironic that House Democrats accuse President Trump of abusing his power as they blatantly abuse theirs by pursuing a purely partisan impeachment of a duly-elected president. We know this was never about protecting the Constitution, upholding oaths of office, or any of the other self-righteous reasons Democrats are using to justify it, because they committed to this the day the president was elected. The effort to remove him from office has always been about political vengeance and damaging his 2020 re-election campaign."


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China Trade Agreement Another Promise Made and Kept by President Trump


Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer unveiled the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after the announcement:

"Another promise made, another promise kept despite the Do-Nothing-Democrats' impeachment charade. President Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continue to deliver results for American workers, farmers, and businesses. This trade agreement will put long-overdue enforcement mechanisms in place to re-balance the U.S.-China trade relationship and prevent future cheating by the Chinese regime. I am particularly encouraged that the administration secured a commitment from China to purchase more U.S. agricultural goods, a welcome development for western Pennsylvania farmers. This deal is another win for the America."


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Kelly to Vote Against Articles of Impeachment


Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on the Judiciary passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, formally accusing him of an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." The articles will now be considered by the whole House of Representatives. Following the vote, Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement:

"Democrats have made it crystal clear all along that this impeachment inquiry isn't about protecting the Constitution or upholding their oath of office. This is about political vengeance and damaging the president ahead of the 2020 election. I have opposed this effort since it began and will vote against both articles of impeachment on the House floor."


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Kelly: Democrats Making Prescription Drug Policy about Politics, Not People


Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the so-called Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) voted against the bill and issued the following statement:

"Congressional action to address the prescription drug affordability crisis should be about people, not politics. While Democrats may have scored a few cheap political points with their socialist base by passing H.R. 3, they did nothing to help Americans who increasingly struggle to afford their medications. This government price-fixing scheme would lead to the development of fewer new cures and reduce access to existing life-saving drugs. We should focus our efforts on policy that will work and can pass such as H.R. 19, a bipartisan alternative to H.R. 3 that won't threaten medical innovation."

Representative Kelly also spoke against H.R. 3 on the floor of the House during debate on the evening of December 11. Video below.


If enacted, H.R. 3 would give the federal government unprecedented power to dictate the price of prescription drugs, which opponents of the legislation argue would destroy the incentive to invest in the discovery of new cures and limit access to existing life-saving medications.

H.R. 3 is a Democrat messaging bill, not a serious effort to bring relief to Americans.

Representative Kelly believes Americans deserve better than political games, particularly on issues as important as lowering prescription drug prices. He is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 19, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act, a bipartisan package of proposals that has a realistic chance of becoming law with the support of House Democrats.


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U.S. Small Business Administration Offering Low-Interest Loans to Repair Damage from Halloween Storms


Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Administrative declaration of disaster for Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties.

The declaration is in response to the devastating storms that hit western Pennsylvania on October 31 and November 1. Local businesses, homeowners, and others who incurred property damage that is not covered by insurance are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans to fill gaps in financing. Representative Kelly issued the following statement to thank SBA and offer his help navigating the application process:

"Thank you to SBA and the Trump Administration for responding to our region's request for aid following the devastating Halloween storms. For those looking for help recovering from these storms, the SBA loans are a great option. If you need assistance figuring out how to take advantage of this offer, give our Erie office a call at 814-454-8190. My staff and I are ready and willing to help."


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Kelly Statement on USMCA Agreement


Washington, D.C. - Today, President Trump and Congressional leaders reached an agreement to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Following the announcement, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement:

"Promises made, promises kept. USMCA is a big win and will further boost America's strongest economy in half a century. Congress should unlock the benefits of this great trade deal by passing it immediately. Thank you to President Trump for negotiating a replacement for NAFTA that puts American workers, farmers, manufacturers and businesses first!"


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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) on why he voted against the Democrats' War Powers Resolution

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Representative Mike Kelly's 2019 Christmas Message to Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District

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Representative Kelly Defends Medical Innovation In Speech Against H.R. 3

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Rep Kelly on H.R. 3: "There's a lot at risk here."

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Rep Mike Kelly Opening Statement during hearing on releasing President Trump's Tax Returns

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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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Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats Have Been Obsessed With Impeaching The President, Instead Of Working To Solve Problems For The American People.