Keith Rothfus

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Keith Rothfus
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U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 12
In office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMark Critz (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,987,085
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest Seneca West Senior High School
Bachelor'sState University of New York (Buffalo)
J.D.Notre Dame
Date of birthApril 25, 1962
Place of birthEndicott, New York
Net worth$9,987,526
Office website
Campaign website
Keith Rothfus campaign logo
Keith Rothfus (b. April 25, 1962 in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania) is Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Rothfus was first elected in 2012.


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.[1]

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.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rothfus serves on the following committees:[3]


Political positions

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.[4]

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. [4]

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.[4]

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."



See also: Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district elections, 2014

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 took place November 4, 2014.

Rothfus is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[5][6]

Race background

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.[7] Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he would run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.[8]


See also: Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district elections, 2012

Rothfus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 12th District. Rothfus was unopposed in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary.[9] He unseated incumbent Mark Critz (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[10]

Politico rated the 12th district race between Mark Critz and Jason Altmire one of the 5 ugliest member vs. member battles.[11]

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.[12] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[12]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Critz Incumbent 48.3% 163,589
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Rothfus 51.7% 175,352
Total Votes 338,941
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


  • YG Action Network[13]
  • Gun Owners of America Victory Fund
  • FreedomWorks
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  • Chamber of Commerce[14]


General election
Mark Critz vs. Keith Rothfus
Poll Mark Critz (D) Keith Rothfus (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(June 13-15, 2012)
Benson Strategy Group Poll
(July 9-11, 2012)
McLaughlin & Associates Poll
(September 19-20, 2012)
Democratic Poll
(September 23-25, 2012)
AVERAGES 45% 38.25% 16.75% +/-4.9 400.5
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


In 2010, Rothfus challenged Jason Altmire, for the 4th congressional district seat, but lost in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 50.8% 120,827
     Republican Keith Rothfus 49.2% 116,958
Total Votes 237,785

Campaign donors

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.[16]

Keith Rothfus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 12) Won $1,987,085
Grand Total Raised $1,987,085


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keith Rothfus' reports.[17]

Keith Rothfus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$13,502$264,684$(59,047)$219,139
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$219,139$227,623$(66,358)$380,404
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rothfus' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Rothfus won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,987,085 and spent $1,993,455.[20]


Lifetime voting record

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

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.[21]

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, 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.[22]

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.[23][24]

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.[25]


Rothfus and his wife Elsie have six children.[1]

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook, "About Keith Rothfus," accessed October 2, 2012
  2. Bio for Keith Rothfus December 21, 2011
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Keith Rothfus Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 1, 2012
  5. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  6. Roll Call, "House GOP adds 9 vulnerable incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  7. The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
  8. The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
  9. Pennsylvania Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed April 18, 2012
  10. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  11. Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  13. PoliticsPA, "GOP groups lines up 500K ad against Critz," September 21, 2012
  14. PoliticsPA "Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rothfus" Accessed July 27, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Keith Rothfus," Accessed April 18, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Keith Rothfus Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Keith Rothfus April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Keith Rothfus July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013]
  20. Open Secrets "Keith Rothfus' 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Keith Rothfus," Accessed April 17, 2013
  22., "Keith Rothfus, (R-Pennsylvania), 2011"
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Critz (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 12
Succeeded by