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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6411

Address: 2455 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: dent.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (610) 770-3490

Address: 3900 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown PA 18103-6122

Hershey PA

Phone: (717) 533-3959

Fax: (717) 533-3979

Address: 250 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey PA 17033-1560

Annville PA

Phone: (717) 867-1026

Fax: (717) 867-1540

Address: 342 West Main Street, Annville PA 17003-1327

Hamburg PA

Phone: (610) 562-4281

Fax: (610) 562-4352

Address: 61 North 3rd Street, Hamburg PA 19526-1501

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Charlie Dent Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 15
  • Born: May. 24, 1960, Allentown
  • Home: Allentown
  • Education:

    PA St. U., B.A. 1982, Lehigh U., M.P.A. 1993

  • Professional Career:

    Development officer, Lehigh U., 1986-90.

  • Political Career:

    PA House of Reps., 1990-98; PA Senate, 1998-2004.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Pamela); 3 children

Charlie Dent, elected in 2004, is prominent in the rapidly dwindling ranks of moderate House Republicans, and he is admired by more conservative colleagues for his survival skills. Read More

Charlie Dent, elected in 2004, is prominent in the rapidly dwindling ranks of moderate House Republicans, and he is admired by more conservative colleagues for his survival skills.

Dent grew up in Allentown, graduated from Penn State University and got a graduate degree at Lehigh, where he later worked as a development officer. In 1990, he was elected to the state House and in 1998 to the state Senate. When RepublicanRep. Pat Toomey announced that he would run against Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2004 Republican primary, Dent was the front-runner to succeed him.

Dent’s lifelong residence in the Lehigh Valley was in sharp contrast to the background of the Democratic nominee, businessman Joe Driscoll. Driscoll grew up in Massachusetts, where he went sailing with the Kennedys and made enough money to spend $2 million on this race. But he lived for years in posh Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia. Dent framed the campaign as a contest between a native son and a carpetbagging outsider who thought of the Lehigh Valley as “a speed bump on his way to Congress.” Driscoll sought to deflect the residency issue with aggressive criticism of the Bush administration, asserting that a vote for Dent was an endorsement of President George W. Bush’s by-then unpopular policies. Dent’s moderate record, which included support for abortion rights, made it difficult to tie him to Bush, and he insisted he would be an independent voice in Washington. Dent won 59%-39%.

In the House, Dent has one of the most liberal voting records among Republicans. He is a co-chairman of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of about 49 moderates in a GOP Conference dominated by conservatives. (He told National Journal that he prefers the term “center-right” to “moderate.”) In the 111th Congress (2009-10), he broke from the majority of Republicans to back such issues as expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco, and overhauling food safety laws. In the 112th (2011-12), he was one of just three Republicans to cosponsor a Democratic bill allowing immigrant partners of U.S. citizens to get permanent resident status in the same fashion as heterosexual couples. Earlier, he opposed Bush’s plan for partial “privatization” of Social Security.

Dent has stuck with the GOP on most major economic votes since Barack Obama became president, even refusing Obama’s personal entreaties to support the economic stimulus bill in 2009. The House Republican leadership has come to regard him as a useful swing vote. He was among the 85 Republicans who joined with 172 Democrats on New Year’s Day 2013 to pass the compromise bill on spending and taxes to avert a so-called fiscal cliff, and he was among the 49 Republicans who joined with 192 Democrats to pass a relief bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. He also voted with a majority of his Republican colleagues on a bill to temporarily extend the federal debt limit, which 33 Republicans opposed. After the House passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in February 2013, he told The New York Times, “At a time like this, we have to show we can get something done.”

In 2011, Dent got a seat on the influential Appropriations Committee. That post was in part an acknowledgment of his willingness two years earlier to serve on the House Ethics Committee, regarded by most lawmakers as an unpalatable chore. On the spending panel, he has pressed for an accelerated elimination of automotive tariffs that impact Mack Trucks made in his district.

Democrats tried, but failed, to find a credible opponent to Dent in 2006. Northampton County Councilman Charles Dertinger got on the ballot as a write-in candidate, and criticized Dent for Bush’s “culture of corruption.” Dent won by a surprisingly narrow 54%-43%. In 2008, Democrats nominated Siobhan “Sam” Bennett,who ran an Allentown charity. She spent $950,000, but lost to Dent 59%-41%.

Two years later, Dent faced his toughest opponent by far in Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan. The race was a statistical dead heat a month before the election, and former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden both made campaign stops for Callahan. But Dent was able to paint Callahan as fiscally irresponsible while portraying himself as a restraint on big government spending. Dent pulled off a surprisingly easy 54%-39% victory. In 2012, he reaped the benefits of a redrawn district stretching along Interstate 78 through five counties all the way to the deeply Republican outskirts of Harrisburg and Lebanon. Lehigh County Democratic Chair Rick Daugherty raised virtually nothing, and Dent won 57%-43%.

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Charlie Dent Election Results
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2012 General
Charlie Dent (R)
Votes: 168,960
Percent: 56.75%
Rick Daugherty (D)
Votes: 128,764
Percent: 43.25%
2012 Primary
Charlie Dent (R)
Votes: 38,651
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (54%), 2008 (59%), 2006 (54%), 2004 (59%)
Charlie Dent Votes and Bills
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Economic 51 (L) : 49 (C) 50 (L) : 50 (C) 47 (L) : 51 (C)
Social 43 (L) : 54 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C) 51 (L) : 49 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 53 (L) : 47 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C)
Composite 38.2 (L) : 61.8 (C) 49.8 (L) : 50.2 (C) 46.0 (L) : 54.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC6066
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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