Mike Kelly (Pennsylvania politician)

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Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Kathy Dahlkemper
Personal details
Born (1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 68)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Victoria Kelly
Children 4
Residence Butler, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Occupation Car dealer
Religion Roman Catholicism((cn))
Website Campaign website

George Joseph "Mike" Kelly, Jr. (born May 10, 1948), is an American politician in the Republican Party who has been the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district since 2011.[1] The district is located in the northwestern corner of the state, stretching from Erie to rural territory near Pittsburgh.

Education and early career[edit]

Kelly was born on May 10, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA. He has spent most of his life in Butler, a city north of Pittsburgh. He played varsity football as a fullback in high school, and his team reached two WPIAL championship games. He graduated from Butler High School in 1966. He received a scholarship to play football at University of Notre Dame, but his playing ended because of an injury.

After college, he worked for his father's Chevrolet/Cadillac car dealership. In 1995, he purchased his father's business, and then added Hyundai and KIA to his dealership lineup.[2]

Kelly is a former member of the Butler City Council.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

Kelly challenged incumbent Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in 2010.[3] He won the election by 10%,[4] largely by running up his margins outside of heavily Democratic Erie.

2012

Kelly defeated Democrat Missa Eaton 55%–41%.[5] His district had been made slightly friendlier in redistricting. The district was pushed slightly to the south, absorbing some rural and Republican territory east of Pittsburgh.

2014

Kelly defeated Democrat Dan LaVallee of Cranberry Township 60.5%-39.5%.[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

In addition, Kelly serves as the co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives from the 18 Northeastern and Midwestern States.[7]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

"Deep state" conspiracy theory[edit]

In March 2017, Kelly promoted the evidence-free conspiracy theory that former president Barack Obama was running a "shadow government" to undermine President Trump:[8][9][10][11]

President Obama himself said he was going to stay in Washington until his daughter graduated. I think we ought to pitch in to let him go someplace else, because he is only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda. It just doesn’t make sense. And people sit back and they say to me, 'My gosh, why can’t you guys get this done?' I say, 'We've got a new CEO, we've got some new heads in the different departments, but the same people are there, and they don't believe that the new owners or the new managers should be running the ship.'

When asked about these remarks, Kelly said that they were meant to be private.[8][9] After the remarks made national news, Kelly's spokesperson said that Kelly did not believe that Obama "is personally operating a shadow government".[9][10][11]

Environment[edit]

On July 28, 2014, Kelly compared the Environmental Protection Agency to terrorists while speaking at an event hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation, where he attacked rules limiting power plant emissions, saying "You talk about terrorism – you can do it in a lot of different ways,... But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great – and you keep them on the sidelines – my goodness, what have we become?"[12]

Healthcare[edit]

On August 1, 2012, Kelly called the HHS mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) - which requires health insurers or employers that provide their employees with health insurance to cover some contraceptive costs in their health insurance plans - an attack on Americans' constitutionally protected religious rights and that August 1, 2012, would go down in infamy as "the day that religious freedom died".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kelly lives in Butler, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Victoria. They have four children, George III, Brendan, Charlotte, and Colin, and ten grandchildren.[14]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kathy Dahlkemper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
William Keating
D-Massachusetts
United States Representatives by seniority
224th
Succeeded by
Adam Kinzinger
R-Illinois