|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Mark Critz (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||West Seneca West Senior High School|
|Bachelor's||State University of New York (Buffalo)|
|Birthday||April 25, 1962|
|Place of birth||Endicott, New York|
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 Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.
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.
Rothfus serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
Jobs and the Economy
Rothfus advocates permanently lowering individual income taxes to 2001 and 2003 rates. He also supports 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 supports using coal, natural gas and nuclear power as sources of energy. He also advocates 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. 
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 is strongly pro-life. He opposes any federal support or taxpayer funding for abortion. Instead, Rothfus supports polices that favor adoption and involves parents in decisions concerning minors. He also opposes 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."
On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three Pennsylvania races which are already showing promise, either for primary competitiveness or because the district may be vulnerable to partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.
One of these seats is in the traditionally blue, though recently reddening, 12th district, where fallout from 2010 redistricting teamed up with a deep pocketed Republican challenger to spell narrow defeat for Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Critz in Nov. 2012. Fresh off his successful challenge, Keith Rothfus (R) will likely have to face Critz for a re-match in 2014. Given that Critz lost by only four percentage points while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dominated the district vote in the general election, the Democrats are looking to Critz as their best hope to re-claim the seat.
Rothfus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 12th District. Rothfus was uncontested in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary. He unseated incumbent Mark Critz (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.
|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 12th Congressional District
|Mark Critz vs. Keith Rothfus|
(June 13-15, 2012)
|Benson Strategy Group Poll|
(July 9-11, 2012)
|McLaughlin & Associates Poll|
(September 19-20, 2012)
(September 23-25, 2012)
|Mark Critz (D)||46%||44%||38%||52%||45%|
|Keith Rothfus (R)||36%||38%||38%||41%||38.25%|
|Margin of error||+/-4.9||+/-4.9%||+/-4.9%||+/-4.9%||4.9%|
|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 email@example.com|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Jason Altmire Incumbent||50.8%||120,827|
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|
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, 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|
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rothfus' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,389,052 and $14,586,000. That averages to $9,987,526, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
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. Having first won election to the U.S. House in the November 6, 2012 general election, Rothfus' 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Keith + Rothfus + Pennsylvania + Congress + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Critz offers no decision about future - The Tribune-Democrat
- Rothfus Camp Wins Gold, and Other PA ?Pollie Award? Winners - PoliticsPA
- USS Somerset coming to Philadelphia for commissioning ceremony - Daily American Online
- House bill introduced to require VA reporting of Legionnaires' and other ... - Tribune-Review
- State AG 'beauty contest' finalist - Tribune-Review
- Right location - Daily American Online
- Rothfus gets committee seat - Timesonline.com
- VA union leaders angry over bonuses paid during Legionnaires' outbreak - Tribune-Review
- Experts: Unions can play powerful role in elections - Tribune-Review
- House Passes CISPA Internet Security Bill With Majority PA Support - PW-Philadelphia Weekly (blog)
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Rothfus and his wife Elsie have six children.
- Official campaign website
- Official U.S. House website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- Video Channel on YouTube
- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Facebook, "About Keith Rothfus," accessed October 2, 2012
- ↑ Keithpa4.com Bio for Keith Rothfus December 21, 2011
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Keith Rothfus Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 1, 2012
- ↑ The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
- ↑ Pennsylvania Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed April 18, 2012
- ↑ Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- ↑ Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA, "GOP groups lines up 500K ad against Critz," September 21, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rothfus" Accessed July 27, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Keith Rothfus," Accessed April 18, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Keith Rothfus' 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Keith Rothfus," Accessed April 17, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Keith Rothfus, (R-Pennsylvania), 2011"
- ↑ National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
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