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Phone: 202-225-5406

Address: 1519 Longworth, DC 20515

Websites: kelly.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (814) 454-8190

Address: 208 East Bayfront Parkway, Erie PA 16507-2405

Butler PA

Phone: (724) 282-2557

Fax: (724) 282-3682

Address: 101 East Diamond Street, Butler PA 16001

Sharon PA

Phone: (724) 342-7170

Fax: (724) 342-7242

Address: 33 Chestnut Avenue, Sharon PA 16146

Meadville PA

Phone: (814) 454-8190

Address: 908 Diamond Park, Meadville PA 16335

New Castle PA

Address: 430 Court Street, New Castle PA 16101

Kittanning PA

Phone: (724) 282-2557

Address: 300 South McKean Street, Kittanning PA 16201

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Mike Kelly Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 3
  • Born: May. 10, 1948, Pittsburgh
  • Home: Butler
  • Education:

    U. of Notre Dame, B.A. 1970.

  • Professional Career:

    Owner, mgr., Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc.

  • Political Career:

    Butler City Cncl., 2005-09.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Victoria); 4 children

Republican Mike Kelly, who won his seat in 2010, is an ex-college football player who is known for his fiery pep talks to colleagues behind closed doors. But he is mostly loyal to his party and to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Read More

Republican Mike Kelly, who won his seat in 2010, is an ex-college football player who is known for his fiery pep talks to colleagues behind closed doors. But he is mostly loyal to his party and to House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

Kelly was born in Pittsburgh in 1948, and his family moved to Butler, Pa., four years later, where his father started a small automobile business in 1953, working seven days a week. “He took the cars off the trains himself, and he serviced them himself. And he built a business, based around a strong work ethic, which was similar to his parents. It’s pretty much the story of western Pennsylvania,” Kelly told National Journal. In high school, Kelly was an all-state football player and was recruited to play for the University of Notre Dame. But he tore up a knee during his freshman year at Notre Dame and dislocated it again in his sophomore season, ending his football career. “It was over very quickly,” he recalled. After college, he worked in the family business, Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, as a salesman, eventually becoming general manager. He took out a mortgage to buy the dealership from his father in 1995. In 2005, Kelly was elected to the Butler City Council.

As the 2010 midterm election approached, Kelly decided to take on Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, a Democrat who had knocked off seven-term GOP incumbent Phil English only narrowly, 51% to 49%, in 2008. Dahlkemper opposed abortion rights, but she took heat from conservatives for voting for the Democrats’ health care reform law, which many anti-abortion activists believed opened the door to taxpayer-funded abortions. Dahlkemper also voted for President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

In the May primary, Kelly’s toughest opponent proved to be Paul Huber, former chief executive of Seco/Warwick, a maker of industrial furnaces. Kelly ran an ad accusing Huber of outsourcing jobs. Huber asserted that he never outsourced jobs while running his company. Huber also faced criticism over the fact that he had been a registered Democrat until recently. Kelly eked out a victory by just 954 votes out of 54,000 cast.

In the general election, Dahlkemper outraised and outspent Kelly 2-to-1. He stressed his football background, which was an asset in western Pennsylvania, a football mecca that has produced Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Joe Montana. On issues, he promised to cut government spending and curtail government interference with small business. Dahlkemper ran an ad in September playing on populist themes, calling Kelly a multimillionaire who has “millions invested in Wall Street and big gas-and-oil companies.” But Kelly described his determination to serve in Congress after the 2008 restructuring of the auto industry resulted in government meddling in his family-owned business. With a strong Republican trend in 2010 working in his favor, Kelly won 56% to 44%.

In the House, Kelly has been conservative, particularly on foreign policy, but not as far to the right on economic matters as some of his Class of 2010 colleagues. He has a strong pro-business bent, and voted against a 2012 amendment to eliminate the Economic Development Administration. Republicans laud his passion. During the 2011 fight over raising the debt limit, he gave what Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called a well-delivered “Knute Rockne-type speech” to rally conservatives. “Mike Kelly’s the one that steps up to the microphone and says, ‘Hey, we’re all in this together. … Nobody in this room is going to get everything they want. Let’s go do this,’’’ Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

He gave an August 2012 floor speech comparing a regulation requiring insurers to provide women birth control without a copayment to the September 11 terrorist attacks and to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew sharp criticism from Democrats. Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye called the comparison “misguided and insulting,” The liberal Center for American Progress also highlighted his criticism of Obama for insisting on steep defense cuts when Kelly had voted for them as part of budget-reduction legislation. He complained to The Washington Post in September 2012 about what he called the media’s overly favorable coverage of Obama, saying that the president “has gotten more free passes than a 12-year-old boy at a fair.”

In post-2010 census redistricting, Pennsylvania Republicans split Democratic-leaning Erie County in half and added more of Kelly’s base in heavily Republican Butler County. Democratic professor Missa Eaton raised just $251,000 to Kelly’s $1.1 million in 2012, and Kelly won 55%-41%. His alliance with Boehner helped land him a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee in 2013.

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Mike Kelly Election Results
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2012 General
Mike Kelly (R)
Votes: 165,826
Percent: 54.82%
Missa Eaton (D)
Votes: 123,933
Percent: 40.97%
Steven Porter (I)
Votes: 12,755
Percent: 4.22%
2012 Primary
Mike Kelly (R)
Votes: 46,382
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (56%)
Mike Kelly Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 40 (L) : 59 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 36 (L) : 62 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 26.8 (L) : 73.2 (C) 33.2 (L) : 66.8 (C) 28.0 (L) : 72.0 (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
FRC90100
LCV96
CFG5457
ITIC-100
NTU6966
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8076
ADA100
AFSCME0-
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: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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