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Right: An informal thank-you reception for retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is held March 28 at Lehigh Country Club. Dent has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. Right: An informal thank-you reception for retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is held March 28 at Lehigh Country Club. Dent has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.
Left: Dent acknowledges those in attendance at the informal reception with a thank-you toast. Left: Dent acknowledges those in attendance at the informal reception with a thank-you toast.
Press photos by Jim MarshDent is the guest during a live taping of a half-hour “Business Matters” television program hosted by Tony Ianelli, the chamber’s president and CEO, March 28 at Lehigh Country Club. Press photos by Jim MarshDent is the guest during a live taping of a half-hour “Business Matters” television program hosted by Tony Ianelli, the chamber’s president and CEO, March 28 at Lehigh Country Club.

Congressman Charlie Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Wednesday, April 25, 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.”

On April 17, Dent announced he will soon be leaving Congress.

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