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Rick Daugherty
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 15
High schoolCatasauqua High School
Bachelor'sMoravian College
ProfessionLehigh County Democratic Chairman, social worker
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Rick Daugherty was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Charles W. Dent .[2]
Rick Daugherty for House campaign logo.


Daugherty grew up in West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After earning a degree in social work, he worked with foster children at Pinebrook Family Services, and with homeless families at New Bethany Ministries. He also served as the District Administrator for former Rep. Paul McHale (D). Daugherty currently works at the Lehigh County Senior Center, as well as the Lehigh County Democratic Party.[3]



See also: Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

Daugherty ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 15th District. Daugherty defeated Jackson Eaton in the April 24, 2012, Democratic primary and faced incumbent Charlie Dent (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[5] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[5][6]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rick Daugherty 43.2% 128,764
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Dent Incumbent 56.8% 168,960
Total Votes 297,724
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S House of Representatives-Pennsylvania District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Daugherty 58.8% 14,623
Jackson Eaton 41.2% 10,265
Total Votes 24,888



Daugherty and his primary opponent, Jackson Eaton were both relatively unknown in Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District before running for Congress. They agreed on almost every issue; only their respective stances on abortion set them apart. Daugherty is vocally pro-life. Eaton, however, who was a Republican until the week he announced his candidacy, is pro-choice. Eaton also proved to be a more adept fundraiser than Daugherty.[7]


  • Dauphin County Democratic Committee.[8]

Campaign donors


Daugherty was defeated by Charlie Dent in 2012. During that election cycle, Daugherty's campaign committee raised a total of $45,806 and spent $45,431.[9]

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