Charles W. Dent (R), born in 1960, in Allentown, son of Walter “Pete” and Marjorie
Wieder; William Allen High School, 1978; Penn State University (B.A), foreign service & international politics, 1982; Lehigh University (M S.), public administration, 1993; married Pamela; 2 children.
Former sales representative, P.A. Peters Inc.; former development officer, Lehigh University; board member, Ben Franklin/Industrial Resource Center Network (IRC) Partnership, Crime Victims Council, The Program for Women & Families, Presidential Advisory Board of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Lehigh Carbon Community College Board of Ambassadors; former board member, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA); member, advisory council, Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown; associate, Cedar Crest College.
Pa. House of Representatives 1991-98; elected to Pa. Senate 1998; vice-chair, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee; member, Communications & High Technology, Finance, Intergovernmental Affairs, State Government, Urban Affairs & Housing Commission; left office November 30, 2004.
Elected to United States Congress 2005.
Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-14; Volume 114, December, 1999.