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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th district
January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Pat Toomey|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 16th district
January 5, 1999 – November 30, 2004
|Preceded by||Roy Afflerbach|
|Succeeded by||Pat Browne|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 132nd district
January 1, 1991 – November 25, 1998
|Preceded by||John Pressman|
|Succeeded by||Jennifer Mann|
May 24, 1960 |
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Jane Serfass|
|Alma mater||Penn State University (B.A.)
Lehigh University (M.A.)
|Website||Representative Charlie Dent|
Early life, education, and early career
Dent was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a 1978 graduate of Allentown's William Allen High School. He received a Bachelor's in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
He previously worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, a hotel clerk, and an aide to U.S. Representative Donald L. Ritter.
Before being elected to the United States Congress, Dent was a member of the State Legislature for 14 years. He represented Pennsylvania's 132nd house district from 1991 to 1999 after unseating Democratic incumbent Jack Pressman in a heavily Democratic district in 1990. In 1998, Dent won an open 16th District Senate seat when Democrat Roy Afflerbach (who later served as Mayor of Allentown from 2002 to 2006) retired to take up an ultimately unsuccessful bid for Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Dent was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, succeeding Pat Toomey, who gave up his seat to challenge Arlen Specter for the U.S. Senate. He defeated Democrat Joe Driscoll 59%-39%.
He won re-election 54%-44% against Charles Dertinger.
He won re-election 59%-41% against Allentown Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bennett.
Dent defeated Democrat Rick Daugherty, the Chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Party, 57%-43%.
Dent is a proponent of hydrogen fuel and is one of the four founding members of the House Hydrogen Fuel Cell Caucus. In 2006 he proposed legislation aimed at promoting the rollout of commercial hydrogen fueling stations. Dent envisions the development of a "Hydrogen Highway East," similar to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a Hydrogen Highway on the West Coast.
As a Republican representing a district with Democratic leanings, he sometimes crosses party lines on legislation. In December 2010, Dent was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members.
He voted against Federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. Dent replied afterwards that he opposed government intervention in a personal matter and would have voted the same way had courts sided with Schiavo's parents.
In April 2010, Dent introduced a resolution urging the U.S. State Department to issue a Certificate of Loss of Nationality to Anwar al-Awlaki. He said al-Awlaki "preaches a culture of hate" and had been a functioning member of al-Qaeda "since before 9/11", and had effectively renounced his citizenship by engaging in treasonous acts.
In April 2011, Dent voted in favor of a 2012 budget proposal authored by Paul Ryan entitled The Path to Prosperity, which included several controversial changes to both health care and tax policy. Dent said of the bill that, "It's a serious, sober document...There are some things in there that I think are interesting."
In January 2012, Dent co-sponsored the Enemy Expatriation Act with Senator Joe Lieberman. The proposal would allow the United States government to strip U.S. citizens of their citizenship without requiring that the citizen have been convicted of a crime.
At the start of the 112th Congress, Dent received a new position on the coveted House Appropriations Committee, and continues to serve on the House Ethics Committee.
In June 2013, Dent decided to co-sponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), a bill that would require schools and districts to adopt policies specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment against all students, including LGBT young people. Dent is known for his efforts to promote LGBT equality throughout the nation.
- Committee on Appropriations
- Committee on Ethics
- Congressional Arts Caucus
In 2014, Dent introduced a bill to give states more flexibility in how they provide health insurance to children from families between 100 and 133 of the federal poverty level, according to Ripon Advance.
|2004||Charlie Dent||Republican||58.6%||Joe Driscoll||Democratic||39.4%||Frank Gonzalez||Libertarian||1.3%||Greta Browne||Green Party||0.7%|
|2006||Charlie Dent (inc.)||Republican||53.6%||Charles Dertinger||Democratic||43.5%||Greta Browne||Green Party||2.9%|
|2008||Charlie Dent (inc.)||Republican||58.6%||Sam Bennett||Democratic||41.4%|
|2010||Charlie Dent (inc.)||Republican||54%||John Callahan||Democratic||39%||Jake Towne||Independent||7%|
Dent is married to Pamela Dent and has three children.
- "SESSION OF 1991–175TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY – No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 1, 1991.
- "Pennsylvania Election Results". The New York Times.
- "House Races". The New York Times.
- Chris Geidner, House Passes DADT Repeal Bill, Metro Weekly (December 15, 2010).
- House Vote 638 - Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', New York Times (December 15, 2010).
- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4411
- Levine, Mike (April 22, 2010). "Rep. Introduces Resolution to Strip Radical Cleric of US Citizenship". Fox News Covers Congress (Fox News). Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- Miller, Sean J. and D'Aprile, Shane (April 26, 2011). "Vulnerables offer praise for Ryan plan". Ballot Box: The Hill's Campaign Blog (The Hill). Retrieved August 5, 2011.
- New Bill Known As Enemy Expatriation Act Would Allow Government To Strip Citizenship Without Conviction, January 6, 2012
- Middleton, Josh (June 17, 2013). "Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent to co-sponsor LGBT-specific anti-bullying Bill". Philly Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- Martin, Aaron. "Dent bill aims to protect state-run CHIPs", Ripon Advance. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- CQ Politics: U.S. House, Pennsylvania – 15th District
Media related to Charlie Dent at Wikimedia Commons
- Congressman Charlie Dent official U.S. House site
- Charlie Dent for Congress
- Charlie Dent at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 16th District
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 132nd District