|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
January 3, 2013
|Born||Keith James Rothfus
April 25, 1962 
Endicott, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Buffalo State College (B.S.)
University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Keith James Rothfus (born April 25, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He succeeded Democrat Mark Critz, whom he defeated in the 2012 election. Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a lawyer.
Keith Rothfus was born in 1962 in Endicott, New York. He graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School in 1980. He attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo for his bachelor's degree in Information Systems. He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.
Throughout most of his adult life he has been a corporate attorney, working for private companies big and small. He was employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2006 to 2007. He has also been a member of the Edgeworth, Pennsylvania zoning board. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania.
Rothfus decided to run for congress in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. In the Republican primary, he defeated U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan 65%-35%. Rothfus challenged Democrat U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire and lost 51%-49%.
After redistricting, most of the 4th District was merged with the Johnstown-based Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He won the Republican primary unopposed and faced incumbent Democrat Mark Critz in the general election, who had defeated Altmire in the Democratic primary. Rothfus led Critz in fundraising for the second half of 2012. It was a highly competitive election. Outside groups spent nearly $10 million.
Rothfus sought a second term in the U.S. House in 2014. He was re-nominated in the May 20 Republican primary and faced Democratic nominee Erin McClelland in the general election. He defeated McClelland 59%-41%, winning a second term.
In 2013, Rothfus voted against a bill to provide disaster relief funding to victims of Hurricane Sandy . The vote proved to be somewhat controversial considering that Rothfus' district is centered around Johnstown, PA, a city known for its flood and disaster relief efforts.
In October 2016, Rothfus voted to slash wages for federal law enforcement officers .
During the beginning of 2017, efforts were made to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 130 of Rothfus' constituents requested a town hall to discuss their concern of removed/reduced health coverage. Frustrated citizens sponsored and invited Rothfus to a town hall, which the latter declined. Some of Rothfus's constituents reportedly started a PAC to motivate the congressman to meet with them. On June 3, activists and constituents purportedly frustrated with Rothfus's refusal to host a Town Hall interrupted a chamber of commerce meeting that Rothfus was attending.
In May, Rothfus voted in favor of the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, including provisions to defund Planned Parrenthood. The Bill included an exemption from Congress which was later removed, and with the MacArthur amendment that allows states to opt out of covering pre-existing conditions. Rothfus is supported by a PAC known as America First Policies which runs pro-Rothfus ads.
On July 20, 2017, Rothfus introduced H.J.Res.111, which nullifies a rule submitted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The effect of the nullification would be to allow the use of predispute arbitration agreements to prevent consumers from filing or participating in class action suits. On September 7, 2017, one of the nation's three leading credit bureaus announced a hack that resulting in the personal information of 143 million Americans being stolen. A predispute arbitration clause was added to the registration terms for a site created by Equifax for consumers to discover if their information was affected, thereby preventing affected consumers from participating in a class action suit against the company.
Rothfus resides with his wife, Elsie, and their six children in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He is a cancer survivor, having survived cancer of the appendix. His family attends the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Sewickley.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
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