Charlie (Charlie) W. Dent (R-USH15)
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Representative
Room 2082 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3815

Residence: Allentown, PA
Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Pamela Jane Serfass   DOB: 5/24/1960
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Co-ChairCongressional Cement Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Cancer Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
ChairmanTuesday Group
Co-ChairDelaware River Basin Task Force
Co-ChairNational Heritage Area Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hepatitis Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Student-Athlete Protection Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Sports Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Study Group on Germany
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Submarine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
MemberHouse Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
FC MemberCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Aluminum Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coal Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Main Street Caucus
FC MemberHouse Republican Israel Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus

Bio

Charlie Dent was first sworn in to the United States House of Representatives in January 2005. He is currently serving his sixth-term.

Charlie represents Pennsylvania's 15th District.

Congressman Dent currently serves as the Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee for the House Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Appropriation Committee's Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations and on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

Born May 24, 1960, Charlie is a life-long Lehigh Valley resident. He was raised in Allentown by his parents, Marjorie and the late Walter R. "Pete" Dent, a Bethlehem Steel employee. Charlie and his wife Pamela live in Allentown with their three children, Kathryn, William, and Jack. Charlie is a 1978 graduate of William Allen High School. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993.

Before entering public service, Charlie worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, and an aide to then-Representative Don Ritter. Charlie served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the State Senate.

In the state legislature, Charlie was Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee and a task force focusing on the state's children and youth placement services. He also championed significant landlord/tenant legislation and the creation of Adult Basic, a program designed to provide health insurance coverage for low-income, working adults.

Now in his fifth term in Congress, Charlie has developed an expertise in homeland security and transportation issues through his committee assignments in the House, building on his existing knowledge and experiences from 14 years in the state legislature and his educational background. In those areas, he has championed legislation that would- promote the use of the Civil Air Patrol to better secure our borders; develop a comprehensive screening system that will allow border officials to determine that passengers are who they say they are; enhance chemical plant security; expedite and enforce the repatriation of criminal aliens; require notification to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detention of illegal aliens that are arrested on state felony charges; advance the use of clean energy technology in public transportation applications; and establish reasonable security provisions for large aircraft.

Charlie has also been an advocate on health issues. In 2008, legislation he and his colleague Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) introduced to update the Veteran's Health Administration's outdated HIV/AIDS testing policy was signed into law. He has been instrumental in providing federal funding for melanoma research, and a staunch supporter of medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Charlie has worked closely with the MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) community to draw awareness to this devastating genetic lysosomal storage disease, caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes, and focus the research that is being conducted. He has also been active in advancing legislation aimed at the prevention and elimination of chronic viral hepatitis. Finally, Charlie is one of the leading voices in Congress for commonsense medical liability reforms that will increase patient safety, improve the quality of care, reduce the incidence of defensive medicine, preserve access to highly-skilled medical professionals, and ensure fair compensation for injured patients.

While in Washington, Charlie's focus is always on the 15th District of Pennsylvania. He has enacted legislation to designate the H. Gordon Payrow Post Office Building in Bethlehem and the Mayor Joseph S. Daddona Memorial Post Office in Allentown. Charlie was instrumental in securing Department of Justice funding for the 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative and has introduced legislation that would establish regional anti-gang task forces - bringing federal, state and local law enforcement together to fight the growing problem of gang violence. In 2009, Congress enacted provisions authored by Charlie and Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) reauthorizing the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor, which is a federally designated Heritage Area dedicated to conserving the historic transportation network that brought anthracite coal from the mines to the markets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rep. Kanjorski and Charlie also worked together in establishing the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe and Northampton Counties. Finally, Charlie has introduced a bill to designate a National Museum of Industrial History on the former Bethlehem Steel Plant site.

Charlie has demonstrated leadership in Washington. He is a Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group, a group of center-right Republicans dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility, personal independence and a strong national defense. In 2005, Charlie joined with three colleagues to form the bi-partisan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus. Under Charlie's leadership as a Co-Chair, the caucus plays an important role in promoting and enhancing awareness of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Since the 110th Congress, Charlie has served as the Pennsylvania Co-Chair of the Delaware River Basin Task Force which is a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the four basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) that coordinate Congressional efforts to promote the restoration and vitality of the Delaware River Basin and its communities. Representing one of the top cement-producing District in the nation, Charlie also Chairs the Congressional Cement Caucus. In this role, Charlie helps shape policy that impacts one of the Lehigh Valley's most traditional and vibrant industries.