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
Cost per vote$8.95 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,329,454
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania Senate
1999-2005
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1999
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. "Charlie" Dent (b. May 24, 1960, in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Dent represents Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district. He was first elected in 2004 and has been re-elected four times subsequently. Dent most recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He ran unopposed in the April 24, 2012, Republican Primary and defeated Rick Daugherty (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Before becoming a congressman, Dent served in both the Pennsylvania State Senate and State House.

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

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Dent is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Dent was born May 24, 1960, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University in 1982, and Lehigh University in 1983.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Dent serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Dent's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Dent opposes President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. He stated, "The time has long passed to intervene in a constructive manner," Dent said. "There is a war-weary American public, and a half-measured and poorly thought out military strike is only going to expose America and its friends to greater risk."[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Dent voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Dent voted in favor of 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Dent voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Dent 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.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11] Dent voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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. Dent voted for HR 2775.[14]

Medical device tax

A bipartisan House measure to repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax that helps fund the healthcare reform law has been rumored as compromise to end the shutdown.[15][16]

Sponsored by Dent and Ron Kind (D-WI), the proposal reportedly would fund the government at the sequester cut levels for six months, repeal the device tax and offset the nearly $30 billion revenue loss over 10 years by changing employer pension rules.[16]

Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate say they oppose the measure because they are not willing to negotiate reform law provisions as part of the current spending fight and because it would extend the sequester cuts for six months rather than the shorter period they seek.[16][15]

A spokesperson for Kind said the Democrats are not committed to a device tax repeal though it is not off the table. “There are a lot of proposals, the medical device issue being just one of them. It's a fluid situation. Going forward, I hope that there's a lot more to discuss, a lot more ideas, a lot more thoughts.”[15][16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Dent 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.[8]

Healthcare

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[17][18] 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.[19] Dent was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban.

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Dent 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Dent voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Dent voted against 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[20]

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. [21]

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. He is seeking 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.[22]

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.[23] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[23]

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.[28]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Charles Dent's reports.[29]

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dent's reports.[30]

Charlie Dent (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$235,006.41$33,125.44$(132,588.03)$135,935.82
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$135,935.82$371,518.07$(73,289.69)$433,772.20
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$433,772.20$174,020.06$(103,731.20)$504,061.06
Year-End[34]January 30, 2014$504,061$137,180$(95,257)$545,983
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$545,983.94$275,850.97$(165,161.33)$656,673.58
Running totals
$991,694.54$(570,027.25)

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.[36] This is slightly more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[37]

Cost per vote

Dent spent $8.95 per vote received in 2012.


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.[38]

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" as of June 2013.[39]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[40]

Dent most often votes with:

Dent least often votes with:

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. [41]

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.[42]

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, 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.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[44]

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.

2012

Dent ranked 227th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45][46]

2011

Dent ranked 211th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

Personal

Dent is married to Pamela. They have three children.

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. U.S. House of Representatives, "Charlie Dent," accessed December 9, 2013
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. The Morning Call, "Rep. Dent, Sen. Casey split on military action against Syria," September 3, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Charlie Dent Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Modern Healthcare, "House floats repeal of medical device tax as compromise to end government shutdown," accessed October 7, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 The Morning Call, "U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent offers shutdown compromise: Fund government but drop medical device tax," accessed October 7, 2013
  17. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  19. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. McCall, "Dent to endorse Romney for president," March 12, 2012
  22. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Charlie Dent," Accessed April 17, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Charlie Dent 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Charlie Dent 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Dent Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Open Secrets "Charles Dent's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Charles W. Dent 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  39. Gov Track "Dent" Accessed June 19, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Rep. Charles W. Dent," accessed August 22, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Charles Dent," Accessed April 17, 2013
  42. LegiStorm, "Charles W. Dent," Accessed September 18, 2012
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles W. Dent (R-Pa), 2011"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Charles W. Dent (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  46. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
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Pat Toomey
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 15
2005–present
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Pennsylvania Senate
1998-2004
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