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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHU.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, right, is the guest during a live taping of a half-hour Business Matters television program hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tony Ianelli March 28 at the Lehigh Valley Country Club. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHU.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, right, is the guest during a live taping of a half-hour Business Matters television program hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tony Ianelli March 28 at the Lehigh Valley Country Club.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHU.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, right, answers a question during a live taping of a half-hour Business Matters television program hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Tony Ianelli March 28. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHU.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, right, answers a question during a live taping of a half-hour Business Matters television program hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Tony Ianelli March 28.
When asked “What’s next?” as U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, retires later this year as representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th District, Dent said that would be announced “in the next four to six weeks.” When asked “What’s next?” as U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, retires later this year as representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th District, Dent said that would be announced “in the next four to six weeks.”
An informal “thank you” reception for retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is held March 28, at Lehigh Country Club, as Dent prepares to retire after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. An informal “thank you” reception for retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is held March 28, at Lehigh Country Club, as Dent prepares to retire after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.
Retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, acknowledges a “thank you” toast at an informal reception at Lehigh Country Club March 28, by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, acknowledges a “thank you” toast at an informal reception at Lehigh Country Club March 28, by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.

The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, Channel 69.

Dent is retiring later this year as Congressman for Pennsylvania’s 15th District. He has served in that capacity since 2005 and is marking 27 years in political life. Prior to being elected to Congress, he served from 1991 to 2004 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Ianelli posed a number of questions to Dent. When Ianelli inquired, “What’s next for Charlie Dent?,” Dent said he would probably have an announcement in the next four to six weeks.

Asked about his experience with legislative gridlock in Washington D.C., Dent said political life in the capital is “completely ideological” and that makes it extremely difficult to get things done.

Dent described President Donald Trump as “completely pragmatic, and not at all ideological,” saying that, too, is a complicating factor very often in making legislative headway.

He said there is a lot of negotiation and compromise in the legislative branch and it often appears to outsiders to be so much head-butting involved in the process of lawmaking.

Following the live taping, Dent was feted at a “thank you” reception by the chamber attendees. Murat Guzel, CEO of the Natural Food Group, Whitehall, led a toast to Dent, thanked him for his service and presented him and his wife, Pam, with a gift basket.