Charles Dent

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U.S. Representative

Charles Dent (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Ethics Committee
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for PA-15

Confirmed: Rick Daugherty, Charles Dent
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for PA-15)
On the Web
Official website

Charles W. Dent has been a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional district, since 2005.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 52 - 13/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 45 - 9/20 55 - 11/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 100 - 20/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

National security and foreign policy

In early May 2007, Rep. Dent organized a meeting between several moderate Republicans in the House and President Bush to express their concerns over the War in Iraq, warning the President that his pursuit of the war in Iraq was risking the future of the Republican Party, and that he could not count on Republican support for much longer. Despite their concerns, Dent and each of the members promised to oppose the short-term funding measure for the War that was being considered in the House.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R.2206)


Dent was born May 24, 1960 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in Bethlehem in 1993. He worked as a development officer for Lehigh University from 1986 to 1990. Before being elected to the United States Congress in 2004, Dent was a member of the Pennsylvania State House (132nd district) from 1991-1999 and the Pennsylvania State Senate (16th district) from 1999-2004. [1]

During his 2004 campaign, Dent said he would use his platform in Congress to prevent other states from shipping waste into Pennsylvania and to secure funds to build a new bridge for the American Parkway across the Lehigh River in Allentown. [2]

Dent, a pro-choice Republican, is also a proponent of alternative energy sources and is one of the four founding members of the House Hydrogen Fuel Cell Caucus.[3]

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Charles Dertinger to face Dent in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Dent retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Votesane PAC$ 79,500
Air Products & Chemicals Inc$ 36,000
PPL Corp$ 34,899
Jaindl Farms$ 24,242
Rite Aid Corp$ 23,000
Comcast Corp$ 15,500
Victaulic$ 11,400
B Braun Medical$ 10,800
Maurer & Scott Sales$ 10,400
TigerRisk Partners$ 10,400
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Charles Dent
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • The Republican Main Street Partnership
  • Republicans For Environmental Protection,
  • The Republican Majority For Choice
  • Republicans For Choice

More Background Data


DC office
  • 1009 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6411 Fax: 202-226-0778
    Webform email
District offices
  • 701 West Broad Street, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Ph: 610-861-9734 Fax: (none entered)
  • 206 Main Street, East Greenville, PA 18041
    Ph: 215-541-4106 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

Articles and resources

Science policy tracking by Nirav Patel, SEA (Climate Policy) Intern

Dent believes in preserving and enhancing the environment as it is beneficial to the communities in a number of ways. He also tries to protect the river in his district by continuing updates done on the river.

“Dent Responds to Barton’s Comment on BP” 6/17/2010
Dent states,” I strongly support the creation of a $20 billion escrow fund to pay the costs associated with this environmental disaster that is wreaking havoc on the economy of the Gulf region and the lives of its residents.”

Dent wants to tackle the countries energy problem from all angles. He wants to advance our traditional, alternative, and renewable energy resources. Currently he believes that taxes on coal would cost people in Pennsylvania too much money.


“Competitiveness and Technology”
Dent believes that the government should support technological growth rather than burden it. He believes in the free and tax-free idea of the internet. He wants our technology to grow without any speed bumps brought on by the government.

“Callahan, Dent each has $1 million” 7/14/2010
"John Callahan believes in the failed policies that have brought about higher taxes and massive, unsustainable spending increases leading to more Washington control of our lives and fewer private-sector jobs," Dent said.


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