Charlie Dent

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Charles W. Dent
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U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 15
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPat Toomey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,329,454
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania Senate
1998-2004
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1998
Education
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1982
Master'sLehigh University, 1993
Personal
BirthdayMay 24, 1960
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
Net worth$482,024
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
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]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Dent serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Issues

Political positions

Presidential preference

2012

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

Charlie Dent endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

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.[4]

House vote on abortion ban

Nay3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on late-term abortions, or abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[5][6] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[7] Dent was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district elections, 2014

Dent is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[8]

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.[9] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[9]

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"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dent is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Dent raised a total of $9,329,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[14]

Charlie Dent's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $1,706,451
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $2,415,571
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $1,881,014
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $1,282,680
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 15) Won $2,043,738
Grand Total Raised $9,329,454

2012

Breakdown of the source of Dent's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Dent won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,706,451 and spent $1,511,724.[15]


2010

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.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Dent is a "centrist Republican".[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Dent missed 20 of 6,459 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [18]

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.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Dent's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $144,049 and $820,000. That averages to $482,024, which is significantly lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 14.76% from 2010.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2012, Dent ranked 227th among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.[22][23]

2011

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.[24]

Voting with party

2013

Charles W. Dent voted with the Republican Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 204th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[25]

2011

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.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Dent is married to Pamela. They have 3 children.

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. McCall, "Dent to endorse Romney for president," March 12, 2012
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  6. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  7. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  8. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Charlie Dent," Accessed April 17, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Charles Dent's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Charles W. Dent 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Dent" Accessed June 19, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Charles Dent," Accessed April 17, 2013
  19. LegiStorm, "Charles W. Dent," Accessed September 18, 2012
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles W. Dent (R-Pa), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles W. Dent (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  22. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Toomey
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 15
2005–present
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Pennsylvania Senate
1998-2004
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1998
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