The Honorable Charlie Dent
The Honorable Charlie Dent is Executive Director and Vice President of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, where he leads bipartisan, bicameral policy education programs for sitting members of Congress. In addition to his role at the Aspen Institute, he serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the global law firm, DLA Piper. Prior to those positions, Congressman Dent served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. During his time in Congress, he served on the House Committee on Appropriations, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. He was also the chair of the House Ethics Committee from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Dent served as co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus; was the founder and co-chair of the Skin Cancer Caucus; prioritized providing necessary funding for veterans, service members and their families; advocated for improvement of the nation's aging infrastructure; and dedicated himself to combating pandemic diseases in the US and abroad. He was also the co-chair of the Tuesday Group, a member of the Speaker of the House’s weekly cross section lunch, and a member of the Majority Leader’s Chairman’s Table. Before his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Dent served for 6 years in the Pennsylvania State Senate and 8 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mr. Dent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Lehigh University.