Dent to Retire

A6CB8C40-61BE-4A87-A439-E95C4881D012-17199-0000082C735DBFBACongressman Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) announced he will not seek re-election next year.

City & State PA was the first to report that Dent would not be running in 2018.

“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in 2018 for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has been a high honor and great responsibility to serve the people of the 15th District, and I am proud of my time in Congress,” Dent said in a statement to the Morning Call.

Dent, first elected in 2004, is a leader of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group in Congress and emerged as a vocal critic of President Trump.

He was facing a primary challenge by state Rep. Justin Simmons, but reportedly made his decision before Simmons entered the race.

The 15th district stretches from the Lehigh Valley to the Harrisburg suburbs. President Trump won the district by 7.6 points in 2016.

Dent’s decision creates a second open seat in Pennsylvania. Congressman Lou Barletta is not running for his seat while he runs for Senate next year. It will be three if Rep. Tom Marino is confirmed as the U.S. ‘Drug Czar’.

Dent’s full statement is below.

Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in 2018 for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It has been a high honor and great responsibility to serve the people of the 15th District, and I am proud of my time in Congress.

Since the government shutdown in 2013, my family and I have engaged in periodic discussions regarding my future in public service. I have served as a legislator at the state and federal levels for nearly 27 years. I started that service prior to marrying my wife and the births of our three beloved children.

Earlier this year, my family discussions about the future increased in frequency, and I looped in a small group of immediate family, friends and senior staff, ultimately deciding in mid-summer that I would not seek another term. Frankly, I never planned on serving, voters permitting, more than 5 or 6 terms in the US Congress. I’m now serving my seventh term. In 2014, my seniority on the House Appropriations Committee elevated me to the rank of subcommittee chairman or “Cardinal” — a much coveted position in the House and one that carries great responsibility. Additionally, I was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Ethics Committee, the only Committee that requires bipartisan cooperation to act, for the 2015-16 Congress. Sitting at the Chairman’s table was an honor and it gave me an opportunity to have a direct hand in shaping the direction of the 114th Congress.

Meanwhile, I served, and continue to serve, as Co-chair of the Tuesday Group Caucus, a group of more than 50 center-right Republicans dedicated to effective and responsible governance. As the group gained in both number of members and influence in Congress, I believed it was critical for me to amplify the group’s voice, both internally within Congress and publicly in the media, and use that voice to advance Tuesday Group member initiatives.

From my role as a senior appropriator, advisor to the Speaker in his weekly meetings, co-chair of the Tuesday Group, Chair of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, participation in the Problem Solvers, co-chair of the Cancer, Medical Research, Cement, Hydrogen, Heritage Areas and other Caucuses, I have done my best to make a meaningful, positive impact. As a member of the governing wing of the Republican Party, I’ve worked to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington. I’ve fought to fulfill the basic functions of Government, like keeping the lights on and preventing default.

Regrettably, that has not been easy given the disruptive outside influences that profit from increased polarization and ideological rigidity that leads to dysfunction, disorder and chaos. But I have also had a stake in major legislative accomplishments: budget agreements that prioritize our federal commitments, pro-growth trade and tax policy, initiatives to advance medical innovation and research, major infrastructure investments, and policies that secure our homeland.

I promise to continue my role, both inside and soon outside of government, of giving voice to the sensible center and working to solve problems for the American people through smart policy – the product of negotiation, cooperation and inevitably, compromise.

I want to thank the people of Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties for giving me this tremendous opportunity to serve and their steadfast support and confidence in me all these years.

I can never thank you enough. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

It’s been the honor and privilege of a lifetime.

 

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Sticky, Top Stories | 47 Comments

47 thoughts on “Dent to Retire”

  1. Bubbaclinton says:

    Dent is the first of the four stooges who needed to be voted out of office. Along with Ryan Costello, pat Meehan and Fitzpatrick they are collectively political hacks and pimps who gave us mediocrity, John Boehner and Paul Ryan. They are all incompetent and we would be better with real democrats than these clowns who represent the worst in our body politic. Dent is a politicial fraud- who represents only his own self interests- not the people who elected him.
    Good riddance to garbage like Dent!

    1. rsklaroff says:

      Let’s not go overboard; I disagreed with Charlie [vide infra] but he was not “garbage”…although I also concur the others merit being primarily-challenged.

  2. Zakrey Bissell says:

    I think for John Callahan should run for congress again in 2018 and i will support him too as a Democrat.

    1. Zakrey Bissell says:

      I also think for Northampton County Executive John Brown also should run for congress in 2018 as well and i think for he will be a great frontrunner in the race for the 15th congressional district in Pennsylvania.

      1. Zakrey Bissell says:

        I also think for John Morganelli should also run for congress in 2018 as well as a Democratic frontrunner.

        1. Brett Heffner says:

          Not sure if he lives in the 15th or 17th district section of Northampton County.

      2. Brett Heffner says:

        Lives in the 17th but could technically run.

        1. Brett Heffner says:

          That is John Brown lives in the 17th.

      3. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

        John Brown got his ass kicked last year in his statewide Race. Poor showing by him. May hurt the rest of his political career.

  3. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Dent is a great man, and we should all thank him for his bravery in the House. He stood up for what he believed in and led a coalition of individuals that may just save the Republican Party. Ryan MacKenzie will be a great replacement for him after he wipes the floor with Justin’s sorry, lying, hitler youth ass.

    1. Karen Richardson says:

      Hitler? Really? I guess this is to be expected from a guy who uses the work EVIL as your username. Good God! #TEAMJUSTINSIMMONS

      1. Voting for Simmons says:

        Go to hell Evil that is where you belong. Simmons is decent person, unlike yourself.

        1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

          You don’t know me. You don’t know if I am a saint or a liar. But we do know Justin Simmons. We know he has lied about his support of Trump. We know he has lied about when that text message came in. He is lying directly to the face of the American people, why in God’s name would we want him in office lying to us and getting paid for it? He is a dirtball.

          1. Voting for Simmons says:

            Well, the full context of the text wasn’t shown. That just proves Dent is playing dirty politics, as usual. As for Ryan, he is tainted by the fact he is Dent’s successor.

  4. Bill & Ted says:

    Majority of you clowns will believe that an incumbent Republican would lose this primary. Kind of how an incumbent Shuster lost his seat last cycle to a more conservative opponent, right? Again, I’ll allow you guys to pontificate.

  5. David Diano says:

    Dent hasn’t been a fan of Trump. But, without a re-election to worry about, he is free to criticize Trump and Trump can’t threaten Dent.

    1. rsklaroff says:

      @D2:

      right on-cue, you convert obvious capitulation into anti-Trumpism; Charlie [who knew me by-name when he saw me @ the Union League during a luncheon for Toomey 7 years ago, despite not having seen me since we met two decades ago when I was Prez of the PA Society of Internal Medicine] could not be a more dependable vote against each/every Trump initiative and, thus, demonstrated he is an incorrigible leader of the Congressional-libs.

      1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

        Wow!! In the same run-on sentence, Dr. who? turns a center-right into a Congressional lib. Genghis Khan is probably the new moderate?

        1. Robert B Sklaroff MD says:

          notwithstanding this provocative note, my observation stands; Constitutional Conservatives are cheering this event, even as a second competitor for this seat has emerged from our ranks

          1. tommyd says:

            Democrats are cheering this as well, Doc. Even Gerrymandering won’t save the 15th for the GOP now.

          2. Voting for Simmons says:

            The second competitor is nothing but,a Dent successor. He will lose.

          3. rsklaroff says:

            It is desirable for elected leaders to help The Donald fight the culture-war and it is hoped that the primary voters will opt for the candidate who is better equipped to do so … in this and in all districts where the R-nominee will be empowered to invoke a supercharged economy.

  6. jjcnpa says:

    It is sad to see a center-right, moderate Republican retire. Thank you Congressman Dent for your service.

    1. rsklaroff says:

      Charlie has consistently espoused Dem-positions during the past year; he should please enjoy retirement.

  7. centPAdem says:

    Sad to see. The GOP is going full Trump. Maybe they will go into the history books like the Whigs.

    1. rsklaroff says:

      This is why The Donald has decoupled from the GOP Congressional leadership.

  8. Jerry Mandarin says:

    The differences people may have had with Congressman Dent are unimportant. Mr. Dent was a man of incredibly integrity, something that is becoming increasingly rare. It’s easy to be a rubber stamp and not think for yourself. As the late great Albus Dumbledore said “it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” He did so and he did so brilliantly.

    Thank you for your service, Charlie.

    1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

      Very well said.

    2. rsklaroff says:

      It’s a shame that honesty isn’t sufficient, particularly when the stakes have been so high.

  9. Steventodd says:

    Thank you Rep Dent. I disagreed with you most of the time. But you are an honest public servant, along the lines of John McCain. That is rare and your sensible approach will be missed.

    1. Karen Richardson says:

      Please, John McCain and Charlie Dent are the reason there is so much angst in this country!!!! They are NOT honorable people! Get a grip!

      1. Voting for Simmons says:

        McCain is a Soros guy. He is nothing but, a globalist. He doesn’t represent the interests of the American people. As for Dent, he is nothing but, a liberal democrat. They are both wolves in sheep clothing and now, that Trump is president both of these have been exposed as the charlatans that they really are.

        1. rsklaroff says:

          Sadly, concur; for example, McCain conveyed the grossly-false/salacious anti-Trump Dossier to the DoJ.

        2. 2 Term Tom says:

          And you think Justin Simmon’s is not also a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is nothing but a liar and a political opportunist. As fake of a politician there is. A career with nothing to show of it… not even honesty to the people he represents.

  10. Robert R Guzzardi says:

    The Trump Effect Donald Trump won the district by 8 points

    1. Jerry Mandarin says:

      Charlie won by a larger margin in every single precinct in his district than President Trump. But that’s none of my business.

      1. rsklaroff says:

        he avoided a bruising primary

        nice guy, but out-of-touch with the base

        1. Jerry Mandarin says:

          LOL bruising in the primary, you’re hilarious. I hope he keeps telling himself that so when he finds himself living under a bridge down by the river he has something to reflect on. I almost feel sorry for Justin, almost. He’s got no career to fall back on when he loses his house seat and bid for congress. But I did see wawa was hiring all shifts, all positions – I can pick him up a resume if you want?

          1. #NeverDent says:

            Simmons announces he’s running and Dent pulls out of the race. Enough said!

          2. John Callahan's Lisp says:

            Its ok #neverdent aka justin, i sincerely hope you keep your confidence up. I was the only viable and real opponent Charlie ever had and he destroyed me so badly I lost to John Brown and I didn’t have half the dirt on me that you do. Good luck, have fun, don’t die.

        2. gulag Pittsburgh says:

          But then the “base” is out of touch with reality. Climate change is still a hoax? Tell that to flooded Texas and soon to be flooded Florida, Georgia, etc.

          1. Voting for Simmons says:

            That’s a change in the climate alright. It’s called a hurricane. SMH!

          2. Voting for Simmons says:

            Also, they don’t have any dirt on Simmons. The usual tactic of lying their a$$ off wont work. Everyone, know Charlie’s M.O.

        3. rsklaroff says:

          subsequent “events” have undermined the credibility of the anti-Simmons posters on this page

  11. Harry Glotz says:

    Praise the Lord!

    1. Malibu Ken says:

      Ditto. Now if only Brian Fitzpatrick will come home to Cali, we will be thrilled.

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