[Rushtalk] Charlie Dent Leaving Congress At Week's End

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Mon May 21 09:00:35 MDT 2018

Charlie Dent Leaving Congress At Week's End

Special election for his Pennsylvania seat expected to occur same day as
Nov. 6 general

Posted May 8, 2018 3:02 PM 
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Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is leaving Congress this week after submitting
his formal resignation effective Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
file photo)

Lindsey McPherson @lindsemcpherson Posted May 8, 2018 3:02 PM 
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Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Charlie Dent is serving his last week of Congress,
having submitted his formal resignation effective May 12. 

Dent, co-chairman of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group, had
announced on April 17 that he would be resigning sometime in May. His
decision to leave Congress early came as he neared a decision on several
professional opportunities he had been considering for his retirement. 

Dent is expected to take a cable television job. 

The House clerk on Tuesday read Dent’s resignation latter on the floor.
It takes effect Saturday at 11:59 p.m.. The House is scheduled to finish
legislative business by 3 p.m. Thursday.

Under state law, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has 10 days
after the vacancy is official to declare a special election.

Wolf signaled last week —when announcing that the special election to
replace Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan, who resigned April 27,
would occur on the same day as the Nov. 6 general election — that Dent’s
would occur then too. Specifically, he said he would schedule other
congressional special elections for Nov. 6, unless a vacancy occurs
within 60 days of the general election.

The special election could cause some confusion on the November ballot.
The state Supreme Court issued a new congressional map for the 2018
elections, and Dent’s 15th District was redrawn and renumbered the 7th

The special election will take place using the old map, so the winner of
the special election will serve out the final two months of Dent’s term
representing the 15th District. The winner of the general election will
represent the new 7th District.

Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales rates the race for the new 7th
District as Tilts Democratic. 

Bridget Bowman and Lex Samuels contributed to this report. 

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