Keith Rothfus

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Keith Rothfus
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mark Critz
Personal details
Born Keith James Rothfus
(1962-04-25) April 25, 1962 (age 55)[1]
Endicott, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elsie Rothfus
Children Six
Residence Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Buffalo State College (B.S.)
University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Occupation Lawyer
Website House website

Keith James Rothfus /ˈrɒθfəs/ (born April 25, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He succeeded Democrat Mark Critz, whom he defeated in the 2012 election.[2][3] Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a lawyer.

Early life and education[edit]

Keith Rothfus was born in 1962 in Endicott, New York. He graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School in 1980. He attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo for his bachelor's degree in Information Systems. He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.[4]

Law career[edit]

Throughout most of his adult life he has been a corporate attorney, working for private companies big and small. He was employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2006 to 2007. He has also been a member of the Edgeworth, Pennsylvania zoning board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania.[1][5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Rothfus' first Congressional portrait



Rothfus decided to run for congress in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. In the Republican primary, he defeated U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan 65%–35%.[6] Rothfus challenged Democrat U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire and lost 51%–49%.[7][8]


After redistricting, most of the 4th District was merged with the Johnstown-based Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He won the Republican primary unopposed and faced incumbent Democrat Mark Critz in the general election, who had defeated Altmire in the Democratic primary. Rothfus led Critz in fundraising for the second half of 2012. It was a highly competitive election. Outside groups spent nearly $10 million.[9]

Rothfus defeated Critz 52%–48%.[8][10][11] He took office when the 113th Congress convened on January 3, 2013.


Rothfus sought a second term in the U.S. House in 2014. He was re-nominated in the May 20 Republican primary and faced Democratic nominee Erin McClelland in the general election. He defeated McClelland 59%–41%, winning a second term.[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political activity[edit]


During the beginning of 2017, efforts were made to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Many of Rothfus' constituents requested a town hall to discuss their concern of removed/reduced health coverage. Frustrated citizens sponsored and invited Rothfus to a town hall but he ignored their request.[13] Citizens in Rothfus' district growing tired of his lack of access have started a PAC to motivate the congressman to meet with this citizens or be voted out.[14] On June 3rd, constituents frustrated with Rothfus refusal to host a Town Hall interrupted a chamber of commerce meeting that Rothfus was attending.[15]

In January 2017 Rothfus issued a statement in support of President Trump's executive order on refugees.[16] This executive order proved hotly controversial and was largely suspended by the judicial system.

In May, Keith Rothfus voted in favor of the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act.[17] Rothfus' vote is expected to reduce Medicaid funding potentially removing coverage for many.[18] Rothfus also supported the bill despite public opposition of voting on the bill without a review by the Congressional Budget Office,[19] defunded Planned Parrenthood women's non-abortion healthcare support,[20] the Bill included an exemption from Congress which was later removed,[21] and with the MacArthur amendment that allows states to opt out of covering pre-existing conditions.[22] Rothfus's support of this bill earned him the support of a Pro-Trump PAC known as America First Policies which runs pro-Rothfus ads.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Rothfus resides with his wife, Elsie, and their six children, Edmund, Gerard, Mimi, Margaret, Helen, and Alice, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.[1] He is a cancer survivor, having survived cancer of the appendix. His family attends the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Sewickley.[24]


  1. ^ a b c "Keith James Rothfus". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Cernetich, Kelly. "Critz Concedes Race to Rothfus". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rothfus wins seat in Pa.'s redrawn 12th Congressional District". WPXI. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Keith Rothfus". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ "The Keith You Know". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "PA – District 04 – R Primary Race – May 18, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ "PA – District 04 Race – Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ a b Schmitz, Jon and McNulty, Timothy (7 November 2012). "Rothfus upsets Critz in bitter battle for U.S. House". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Jersey Herald – GOP's Rothfus beats incumbent Critz in W. Pa. race". Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Commonwealth of PA – Elections Information". 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ "2012 Election Results Map by State – Live Voting Updates". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ "2014 Pennsylvania House Election Results". Politico. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Ryan Deto (February 22, 2017). "U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus dodges 130 constituents in first week back in district". Pittsburgh City Paper. Pittsburgh City Paper. 
  14. ^ "‘Yinzers Against Jagoffs’ PAC forms demanding more accessibility from U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus". Pittsburgh City Paper. Ryan Deto. March 20, 2017. 
  15. ^ Emily Balser. "Protesters interrupt Rothfus meeting". TribLive. Trib Total Media. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rothfus statement on President Trump's executive order on refugees". Kevin Valentine. January 30, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ "How Every Member Voted on the House Health Care Bill". New York Times. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The American Health Care Act Makes Unsustainable Cuts to Medicaid". AARP. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  19. ^ "This is what Americans will really dislike about the House ‘Trumpcare’ bill". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ Sandhya Somashekhar, Paige W. Cunningham. "Congressional health-care bill ‘defunds’ Planned Parenthood". Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  21. ^ Linda Qiu. "Fact Check: Is Congress Exempt From the G.O.P. Health Bill?". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  22. ^ "The GOP's big lie: Healthcare bill 'protects people with preexisting conditions'". Los Angles Times. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  23. ^ "The Daily 202: What does Trump have to hide? Secretive White House unapologetic about clawing back transparency". The Washington Post. 
  24. ^

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Critz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Rice
R-South Carolina
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Raul Ruiz