I am a life-long native of the Lehigh Valley and was born in Allentown on May 24, 1960, to Walter “Pete” and Marjorie Dent. My dad has passed away, but my wonderful Mom is still with us. I have a brother, Pete and a sister, Lisa. I am a proud graduate of William Allen High School.
In 1982, I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics. From 1986 to 1990 I worked at Lehigh University in the Development Office helping to raise funds for the University. I also went back to school in the evenings at Lehigh and earned a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A).
In 1991, I married my dear wife, Pamela Serfass. Pam and I have been blessed with three great kids. My daughter Kathryn in 1994, our son, William, in 1996, and our youngest child, my son Jack, who was born in 2000.
I was elected to Congress in 2004, after having served as a state Representative and state Senator in Harrisburg. I currently serve on two important Committees in the House – the Appropriations Committee and the Ethics Committee, which I chair.
I also have the great privilege to serve as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. It is my subcommittee’s responsibility to pass the bill that funds the needs of our veterans and military families.
Next to my family, representing my constituents in Congress has been the greatest privilege of my life. I hope you’ll consider voting for me on November 8th.