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Rep. Charles Dent

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th District

pronounced CHAW-rulz // dent

Dent was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15, 2005-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Dent.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dent is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Dent sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dent was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dent sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (32%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Immigration (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Energy (8%) International Affairs (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Dent recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Dent voted No

Passed 237/189 on Oct 3, 2017.

Next week, the House will vote the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It’s passed the House …

Dent voted No

Passed 230/188 on Feb 16, 2017.

Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. …

Dent voted Nay

Passed 241/185 on Sep 30, 2015.

This was a vote on a resolution that would have caused H.R. 719 to be amended with provisions to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America …

Dent voted No

Passed 241/187 on Sep 18, 2015.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3134 in the House. The bill would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. Have strong …

Dent voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 …

Dent voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Dent voted Aye

Dent voted Nay

Dent voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to May 2018, Dent missed 45 of 9,770 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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