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Former Congressman Dent joins CNN

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Debbie Galbraith dgalbraith@tnonline.com in Local News

Former U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent has joined CNN as a political commentator.

His first appearance as a CNN political commentator was on Erin Burnett OutFront May 21.

Dent emailed The Press May 22 stating he is not a CNN employee but his arrangement with CNN is exclusive.

He also stated he will continue to reside in Allentown.

In September 2017, Dent announced he would not seek an eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the then 15th District after consulting with friends, family and senior staffers. He said he never intended to serve past five or six terms.

On April 17, Dent announced his intention to resign from Congress.

“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of the 15th Congressional district has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington. Actively engaging in the legislative and political process presents many challenges, and in so doing, I believe I have had a positive impact on people’s lives and made a difference in Congress.

“I am especially proud of the work I have done to give voice to the sensible center in our country that is often overlooked or ignored. It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years.”

His last day in office was May 12.

On May 2, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a special election Nov. 6 to fill the remaining term of Dent for the now 7th District.