Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Memorial Day Message


Today we honor those of our fellow Americans who sacrificed their lives to preserve our nation while serving in the Armed Forces. They are the reason why you and I and our families can enjoy the peace of this lovely day.

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Dent Urges Shop Owners to Stop Selling “Synthetic Marijuana” and Pledges to Continue Fighting Synthetic Drugs


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding hospitalizations and deaths in the 15th District related to the use of "synthetic marijuana." Read More

Dent Saves Money for Ceiling Fan Purchasers


(WASHINGTON, DC) Last night the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, with an amendment offered by Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15). Dent’s...

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House Votes for Bill Spearheaded by Dent that has Huge Funding Increase to Support Veterans


(Washington, D.C.)  Tonight, the House passed, by a bipartisan vote of 255 to 163, H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016.

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Dent Responds to VA Secretary’s Claims Concerning MilCon - VA Appropriations Bill


(Washington, D.C.)  Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies sent a letter to House members responding to efforts to undermine stro...

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Dent Says Passage of Two Cybersecurity Bills Important to Protect American Consumers and Companies


(Washington, D.C.) Wednesday and Thursday the House took bipartisan action to improve our national defense against cyberattacks.

The House passed H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cybernetwo...

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Dent Leads Passage of Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Bill through Full Appropriations Committee


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies advanced a critical funding bill today with full bipartisan ...

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Chairman Dent’s House Appropriations Subcommittee Advances $77 billion Bill to Fund the VA and Military Construction


(Washington, DC) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Related Agencies, released the following statement following the approval of the Fi...

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Dent’s Efforts on Housing Counseling Recognized with National Award


(Allentown, PA) Friday, 3 April 2015, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was presented with the 2015 Champion of Housing Counseling Award from the National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) and the area’s primary housing couns...

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Dent Votes for Vital Medicare Fix


(Washington, D.C.) Today the House passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for the legislation, which passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. The legislation per...

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Dent: “Moving the Budget Process Forward is Important for the Country”


(Washington, D.C) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) supported H.Con.Res. 27, a measure establishing the budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2016 and setting forth a budget framework for the next ten y...

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Chaired by Dent Focuses on Agency Providing Oversight of the Veterans Administration


(Washington, D.C.) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, convened a hearing to receive testimony from members of the Veterans Administration Offi...

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Dent Recognizes Kutztown Borough's Bicentennial in Congressional Record


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) recognized Kutztown Borough's Bicentennial by entering the following statement into the Congressional Record:

Mr. Speaker:

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Why I voted to fund the Homeland Security Department


I recently joined with 74 of my fellow House Republicans in voting to fund the Department of Homeland Security. This vote is causing consternation for some. It shouldn't be. It was the right vote to protect our country and to govern responsibly.

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Representative Dent Will Host Community Drug Forum at Kutztown Area High School


(Allentown, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced that he will be holding a public forum on the issue of heroin use and prescription drug abuse this Wednesday, March 11th in the audito...

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Appropriations Subcommittee Chaired by Rep. Charlie Dent Hears from Veterans Affairs Secretary


(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Chairman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs heard testimony from Robert A. McDonald, the Secretary of the Department of Ve...

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Representative Dent Votes to Responsibly Fund Homeland Security Department


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of Fiscal Year 2015. The House passed the measure by a vote of ...

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Representative Dent’s Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address to Congress


(Washington, D.C.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress today. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu laid out...

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Chairman Charlie Dent Hears From Top Enlisted Personnel on Military Quality of Life Issues


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) held his first hearing today as the new Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

“Chairing this subcom...

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Dent: President Obama Chooses Ideology Over Good Governance on Keystone XL


Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto of the bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:


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Charlie Dent was first sworn in to the United States House of Representatives in January 2005. He represents Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which includes all or parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Congressman Dent currently serves on two House committees: Appropriations and Ethics.

Born May 24, 1960, Charlie is a life-long Lehigh Valley resident. He was raised in Allentown by his parents, Marjorie and the late Walter R. “Pete” Dent, a Bethlehem Steel employee. Charlie and his wife Pamela live in Allentown with their three children, Kathryn, William, and Jack. Charlie is a 1978 graduate of William Allen High School. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993.

Before entering public service, Charlie worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, and an aide to then-Representative Don Ritter. Charlie served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the State Senate.

In the state legislature, Charlie was Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee and a task force focusing on the state’s children and youth placement services. He also championed significant landlord/tenant legislation and the creation of Adult Basic, a program designed to provide health insurance coverage for low-income, working adults.

Now in his fifth term in Congress, Charlie has developed an expertise in homeland security and transportation issues through his committee assignments in the House, building on his existing knowledge and experiences from 14 years in the state legislature and his educational background. In those areas, he has championed legislation that would: promote the use of the Civil Air Patrol to better secure our borders; develop a comprehensive screening system that will allow border officials to determine that passengers are who they say they are; enhance chemical plant security; expedite and enforce the repatriation of criminal aliens; require notification to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detention of illegal aliens that are arrested on state felony charges; advance the use of clean energy technology in public transportation applications; and establish reasonable security provisions for large aircraft.

Charlie has also been an advocate on health issues. In 2008, legislation he and his colleague Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) introduced to update the Veteran’s Health Administration’s outdated HIV/AIDS testing policy was signed into law. He has been instrumental in providing federal funding for melanoma research, and a staunch supporter of medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Charlie has worked closely with the MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) community to draw awareness to this devastating genetic lysosomal storage disease, caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes, and focus the research that is being conducted. He has also been active in advancing legislation aimed at the prevention and elimination of chronic viral hepatitis. Finally, Charlie is one of the leading voices in Congress for commonsense medical liability reforms that will increase patient safety, improve the quality of care, reduce the incidence of defensive medicine, preserve access to highly-skilled medical professionals, and ensure fair compensation for injured patients.

While in Washington, Charlie’s focus is always on the 15th District of Pennsylvania. He has enacted legislation to designate the H. Gordon Payrow Post Office Building in Bethlehem and the Mayor Joseph S. Daddona Memorial Post Office in Allentown. Charlie was instrumental in securing Department of Justice funding for the 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative and has introduced legislation that would establish regional anti-gang task forces — bringing federal, state and local law enforcement together to fight the growing problem of gang violence. In 2009, Congress enacted provisions authored by Charlie and Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) reauthorizing the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor, which is a federally designated Heritage Area dedicated to conserving the historic transportation network that brought anthracite coal from the mines to the markets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rep. Kanjorski and Charlie also worked together in establishing the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe and Northampton Counties. Finally, Charlie has introduced a bill to designate a National Museum of Industrial History on the former Bethlehem Steel Plant site.

Charlie has demonstrated leadership in Washington. He is a Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group, a group of center-right Republicans dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility, personal independence and a strong national defense. In 2005, Charlie joined with three colleagues to form the bi-partisan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus. Under Charlie’s leadership as a Co-Chair, the caucus plays an important role in promoting and enhancing awareness of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Since the 110th Congress, Charlie has served as the Pennsylvania Co-Chair of the Delaware River Basin Task Force which is a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the four basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) that coordinate Congressional efforts to promote the restoration and vitality of the Delaware River Basin and its communities. Representing one of the top cement-producing District in the nation, Charlie also Chairs the Congressional Cement Caucus. In this role, Charlie helps shape policy that impacts one of the Lehigh Valley’s most traditional and vibrant industries.

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