Keith Rothfus

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Keith Rothfus
Keith Rothfus portrait.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorMark Critz (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$4.78 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,987,085
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest Seneca West Senior High School
Bachelor'sState University of New York (Buffalo)
J.D.Notre Dame
BirthdayApril 25, 1962
Place of birthEndicott, New York
Net worth$7,187,527.50
Office website
Keith Rothfus (b. April 25, 1962, in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania) is Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Rothfus was first elected in 2012 by voters from Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District. After hotly contested race, Rothfus unseated incumbent Mark Critz (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Rothfus is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

In anticipation of a formidable challenge from former Rep. Mark Critz, whom Rothfus ousted in 2012, Rothfus was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 House elections.[3]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title Critz decided against mounting a re-match campaign in favor of a bid for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in 2014.


After graduating from West Seneca West Senior High School in 1980, Rothfus attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo for his bachelor's degree in information systems. He later earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.[4] Rothfus is also a cancer survivor.[5]


Rothfus has spent most of his professional career working as an attorney in the private sector in Pennsylvania. From 2006 to 2007, he worked for the Department of Homeland Security, heading up the office that partnered with faith-based organizations to provide disaster relief. Rothfus is also a cancer survivor.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rothfus serves on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Rothfus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Rothfus voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Rothfus voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Rothfus voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Rothfus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rothfus voted against HR 2775.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Rothfus voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Jobs and the Economy

Rothfus advocated permanently lowering individual income taxes to 2001 and 2003 rates. He also supported lowering corporate tax rates and repealing laws and regulations that stifle growth.[22]

Excerpt: "These policies will promote growth, and add the jobs that our economy so desperately needs. Congressional Budget Office models project growth over the next decade at 2 or 3 percent. This is not acceptable. When we look around and see idled stores and factories, we must be motivated to change course."

Rothfus supported using coal, natural gas and nuclear power as sources of energy. He also advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf and developing the Marcellus Shale. Rothfus has also said he opposes cap and trade.[22]

Excerpt: "Washington does not always know better, and Pennsylvania is more than able to monitor its own businesses without interference from an agenda-driven EPA. It is time to become energy independent and to end the practice of buying energy from those who do not share our values."

Rothfus opposed any federal support or taxpayer funding for abortion. Instead, Rothfus supported polices that favor adoption and involves parents in decisions concerning minors. He also opposed stem cell research.[22]

Excerpt: "I believe that the family is the basic building block of society and that the stronger the family, the stronger the society, and the less need for government intrusion into our lives. I will protect the family from threats to redefine it or to undercut its importance. I will vote to protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman."


On The Issues Vote Match

Rothfus's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Rothfus is a Libertarian Conservative. Rothfus received a score of 42 percent on personal issues and 76 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[23]



See also: Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rothfus is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Rothfus is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three 2014 House races in Pennsylvania which showed competitive promise because of a number of predictive factors such as open seats, high stakes primary challenges and/or vulnerability to partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally blue district; however, recent years have seen its borders redrawn and a reddened voter-base. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paving the way for deep-pocketed Republican challenger Keith Rothfus to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Critz in the general election.

Fresh off his successful challenge, Rothfus (R) was expected to face Critz in a re-match in 2014. Critz lost by a margin of 4 percentage points, while President Barack Obama lost the district vote by a much wider margin of 17 percentage points. Thus many Democrats, viewing Critz as a casualty of sharing the ticket with Obama in 2012, were optimistic about their party's chances for re-claiming the seat with Critz on board.[24] Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he is running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.[25]


See also: Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rothfus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 12th District. Rothfus was unopposed in the April 24, 2012, Republican primary.[26] He unseated incumbent Mark Critz (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27]

Politico rated the 12th District race between Mark Critz and Jason Altmire one of the five ugliest member vs. member battles.[28]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the ten states that could have determined whether Democrats gained control of the House or Republicans would hold its majority in 2013.[29] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[29]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Critz Incumbent 48.3% 163,589
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Rothfus 51.7% 175,352
Total Votes 338,941
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


  • YG Action Network[30]
  • Gun Owners of America Victory Fund
  • FreedomWorks
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  • Chamber of Commerce[31]


2012 general election
Mark Critz vs. Keith Rothfus
Poll Mark Critz (D) Keith Rothfus (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(June 13-15, 2012)
Benson Strategy Group Poll
(July 9-11, 2012)
McLaughlin & Associates Poll
(September 19-20, 2012)
Democratic Poll
(September 23-25, 2012)
AVERAGES 45% 38.25% 16.75% +/-4.9 400.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


In 2010, Rothfus challenged Jason Altmire, for the 4th Congressional District seat, but he lost in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 50.8% 120,827
     Republican Keith Rothfus 49.2% 116,958
Total Votes 237,785

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rothfus is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Rothfus raised a total of $1,987,085 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[33]

Keith Rothfus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 12) Won $1,987,085
Grand Total Raised $1,987,085


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keith Rothfus' reports.[34]

Keith Rothfus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$13,502.28$264,684.22$(59,047.00)$219,139.50
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$219,139.50$227,623.00$(66,358.07)$380,404.43
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$380,404.43$450,884.30$(80,638.67)$750,650.06
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$750,650$237,288$(115,490)$872,447
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$872,447.68$241,253.84$(93,793.67)$1,019,907.85
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rothfus' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Rothfus won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,987,085 and spent $1,993,455.[40] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Rothfus spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rothfus' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $4,603,055 to $9,772,000. That averages to $7,187,527.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Rothfus ranked as the 53rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2011 and 2012, Rothfus' calculated net worth[43] decreased by an average of 30 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Keith Rothfus Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-30%
Average annual growth:-30%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rothfus missed 1 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[47]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Rothfus most often votes with:

Rothfus least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Information for 2012 is unavailable.[49][50]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Keith Rothfus has voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]


Rothfus and his wife Elsie have six children.[4]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Facebook, "About Keith Rothfus," accessed October 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1, Bio for Keith Rothfus, December 21, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Keith Rothfus Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Keith Rothfus Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 1, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "Rothfus Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  24. The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
  25. The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
  26. Pennsylvania Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed April 18, 2012
  27. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  28. Politico, "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles," accessed April 18, 2012
  29. 29.0 29.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  30. PoliticsPA, "GOP groups lines up 500K ad against Critz," September 21, 2012
  31. PoliticsPA, "Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rothfus," accessed July 27, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  33. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Keith Rothfus," accessed April 18, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Keith Rothfus 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Rothfus Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Keith Rothfus' 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets, "Rothfus, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. GovTrack, "Keith Rothfus," accessed April 17, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Keith Rothfus," accessed August 22, 2013
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  50. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Preceded by
Mark Critz (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 12
Succeeded by