Rep. Dent an­nounces he will not seek re-elec­tion

Law­maker: ‘I am proud of my time in Congress.’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - From Rep. Dent’s Of­fice

U.S. Rep. Char­lie Dent, R15th Dist., has an­nounced that he will not seek re-elec­tion in 2018 for an 8th term in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The con­gress­man, who rep­re­sents parts of Berks County, re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“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 mid­sum­mer that I would not seek an­other term.

Frankly, I never planned on serv­ing, vot­ers per­mit­ting, more than 5 or 6 terms in the U.S. 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 201516 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, progrowth 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.”

Rep. Char­lie Dent

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