|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Mark Critz (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$4.78 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||West Seneca West Senior High School|
|Bachelor's||State University of New York (Buffalo)|
|Date of birth||April 25, 1962|
|Place of birth||Endicott, New York|
|Net worth||(2012) $7,187,527.50|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.1 National security
- 4.1.2 Economy
- 4.1.3 Immigration
- 4.1.4 Healthcare
- 4.1.5 Social issues
- 4.1.6 Government affairs
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rothfus is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Rothfus' academic, professional and political career:
- 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District
- 2006-2007: Worked for the Department of Homeland Security
Rothfus has spent most of his professional career working as an attorney in the private sector in Pennsylvania.
Rothfus serves on the following committees:
Rothfus served on the following committees:
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Rothfus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Rothfus voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent 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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Rothfus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown 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. 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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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.
Healthcare Reform Rules
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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act
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.
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.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans—Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Rothfus joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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 social issues and 76 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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: 2014.|
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.
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 also said he opposed cap and trade.
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 favored adoption and involved parents in decisions concerning minors. He also opposed stem cell research.
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."
Rothfus was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program was designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Keith Rothfus Incumbent||59.3%||127,993|
|Source: Pennsylvania Department of State|
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. Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally Democratic district; however, recent years have seen its borders redrawn and it has become more Republican. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paved the way for 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 four 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. Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he would run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.
In anticipation of a formidable challenge from former Rep. Mark Critz, Rothfus was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program was designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 House elections.
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. He unseated incumbent Mark Critz (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mark Critz Incumbent||48.3%||163,589|
|Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- YG Action Network
- Gun Owners of America Victory Fund
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
- Chamber of Commerce
2012 general election
|Mark Critz vs. Keith Rothfus|
|Poll||Mark Critz (D)||Keith Rothfus (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(September 23-25, 2012)
|McLaughlin & Associates Poll|
(September 19-20, 2012)
|Benson Strategy Group Poll|
(July 9-11, 2012)
(June 13-15, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12, 2010|
|Democratic||Jason Altmire Incumbent||50.8%||120,827|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Rothfus attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
|Keith Rothfus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$13,502.28||$264,684.22||$(59,047.00)||$219,139.50|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$219,139.50||$227,623.00||$(66,358.07)||$380,404.43|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$380,404.43||$450,884.30||$(80,638.67)||$750,650.06|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$750,650||$237,288||$(115,490)||$872,447|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$872,447.68||$241,253.84||$(93,793.67)||$1,019,907.85|
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.
|Keith Rothfus's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Pennsylvania, District 12)||$1,987,085|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,987,085|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Rothfus spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12, 2012 - Keith Rothfus Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,600,190|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,605,184|
|Top contributors to Keith Rothfus's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$138,721|
|HJ Heinz Co||$22,500|
|Armstrong Group of Companies||$20,000|
|Grant Street Group||$14,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investments||$65,050|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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. Between 2011 and 2012, Rothfus' calculated net worth 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.
|Keith Rothfus Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-30%|
|Average annual growth:||-30%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Rothfus received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Republican/Conservative industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.
From 2009-2014, 29.71 percent of Rothfus' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Keith Rothfus Campaign Contributions|
|Top industry in the district||Educational services, and health care and social assistance|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$238,100|
|% total in top industry||7.52%|
|% total in top two industries||14.73%|
|% total in top five industries||29.71%|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Rothfus most often votes with:
Rothfus least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Rothfus missed 1 of 1,076 roll call votes roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.
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.
Rothfus was one of two members or the House who ranked 33rd in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Keith Rothfus voted with the Republican Party 95.3 percent of the time, which ranked 64th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.
Keith Rothfus voted with the Republican Party 97.3 percent of the time, which ranked 51st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
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- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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- The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
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- 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).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
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- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Mark Critz (D)
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