Dent, a Republican, is the representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 4, 2005. Dent is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Dent.
Dent is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Dent has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Charles Dent sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Dent was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4974 (114th): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
- H.R. 2029 (114th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016
- H.R. 6223 (112th): To amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission ...
- H.R. 4786 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 535 Wood Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as the “H. Gordon Payrow Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2490 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, as the “Mayor Joseph S. Daddona Memorial Post Office”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Dent sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (38%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Education (8%) Immigration (8%) Energy (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)
Some of Dent’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4007: To revise the quorum requirement for the Board of Directors of the Export-Import ...
- H.R. 2998: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- H.Res. 282: Supporting State, local, and community initiatives to encourage parents, teachers, camp counselors, and ...
- H.R. 1732: Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2017
- H.R. 1017: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017
- H.R. 1002: National Heritage Area Act of 2017
- H.Res. 60: Expressing continued support for the special relationship between the United States and the ...
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H.Con.Res. 71: Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.
Oct 5, 2017. Passed 219/206.
H. Con. Res. 71 establishes the budget for fiscal year 2018 and the budget levels for fiscal years 2019-2027. Specifically, the resolution sets overall discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2018 at $1.132 trillion, which includes $621.5 billion for defense discretionary spending and $511 billion in ...
H.R. 1628: American Health Care Act of 2017
May 4, 2017. Passed 217/213.
The American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) was a leading proposal in the first half of 2017 by House Republicans to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare, but we'll abbreviate it ACA) and "defund" Planned Parenthood. It was also the vehicle ...
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 1806: America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015
May 20, 2015. Passed 217/205.
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
From Jan 2005 to Dec 2017, Dent missed 42 of 9,564 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 16 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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