Charlie Dent

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Charles W. Dent
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U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 15
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania Senate
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1982
Master'sLehigh University, 1993
Date of birthMay 24, 1960
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
Office website
Campaign website

Charles W. Dent (b. May 24, 1960) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Dent represents Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district, and was first elected in 2004. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dent is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Dent serves on the following committees:[3]



Political positions

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Charlie Dent endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Dent voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Dent ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 15th District. He ran unopposed in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary and faced Rick Daugherty (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[6]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans will hold its majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Dent won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John B. Callahan and Jake Towne in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 15 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles W. Dent Incumbent 53.5% 109,534
     Democrat John B. Callahan 39% 79,766
     Towne for Congress Jake Towne 7.5% 15,248
Total Votes 204,548

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Dent's reports.[9]

Charles Dent (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$516,895.13$215,577.01$(118,489.86)$613,982.28
Running totals


Dent won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Dent's campaign committee raised a total of $2,415,571 and spent $2,553,936.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Dent paid his congressional staff a total of $918,914 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Dent's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $133,047 to $707,000. That averages to $420,023.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[13]

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. Dent ranked 211th among Republican members of the U.S. House in the conservative rankings.[14]

Percentage voting with party

Charles W. Dent voted with the Republican Party 86.6% of the time, which ranked 221 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[15]

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Dent is married to Pamela. They have 3 children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Toomey
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pennsylvania Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Succeeded by