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Midstate GOP Congressman Charlie Dent won't seek another term

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 8, 2017 6:11 AM
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The Pennsylvania Republican announced his retirement Thursday. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

 

(Harrisburg) -- One of Congress's most vocal moderates has announced he's stepping down.

Pennsylvania's 15th District representative, Republican Charlie Dent, announced late on Thursday that he won't seek reelection next year--a decision he said he came to in mid-summer.

Dent has cut a distinct path over the course of his seven terms in Congress.

Recently, he opposed a GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act--a move that reportedly led President Donald Trump to tell Dent he was "destroying the Republican Party."

Dent is a co-chair of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderates who call themselves the "governing wing" of the Republican party. He also chairs the appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans' affairs.

In a statement, Dent said he's done his best amid "increased polarization and ideological rigidity that leads to dysfunction, disorder, and chaos."

His departure will open a second Republican seat in Pennsylvania, making the state a likely battleground in 2018.

Dent represents portions of Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

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