|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Mark Critz (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||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|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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."
Rothfus 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 takes place November 4, 2014.
On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three 2014 House races in Pennsylvania which showed competitive promise because of a number of predictive factors, such as open seats, high stakes primary challenges and/or vulnerability to partisan switch. Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally Democratic district; however, recent years have seen its borders redrawn and it has become more Republican. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paved the way for Republican challenger Keith Rothfus to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Critz in the general election.
Fresh off his successful challenge, Rothfus (R) was expected to face Critz in a re-match in 2014. Critz lost by a margin of four percentage points, while President Barack Obama lost the district vote by a much wider margin of 17 percentage points. Thus many Democrats, viewing Critz as a casualty of sharing the ticket with Obama in 2012, were optimistic about their party's chances for re-claiming the seat with Critz on board. Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he would run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.
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|
|Poll||Mark Critz (D)||Keith Rothfus (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(June 13-15, 2012)
|Benson Strategy Group Poll|
(July 9-11, 2012)
|McLaughlin & Associates Poll|
(September 19-20, 2012)
(September 23-25, 2012)
|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|
|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.
Voting with party
Keith Rothfus voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Keith + Rothfus + Pennsylvania + Congress + House
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Rothfus and his wife Elsie have six children.
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- 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
- Keith Rothfus Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 1, 2012
- The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
- The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 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
- 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
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Mark Critz (D)
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