Kathy Dahlkemper

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Kathy Dahlkemper currently serves the 3rd Congressional District of Pennsylvania

Kathy Dahlkemper has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd district of the State of Pennsylvania, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Dahlkemper has indicated opposition to the war in Iraq, citing poor justification for military conflict prior to hostilities and bad management since it began.[1] She has also expressed support for more diplomatic engagement within the country and the region, coupled with a "systematic withdrawal" of American troops within one year:

"This disengagement does not mean abandonment. Iraq is also experiencing what many have for some time labeled a civil war. We need to fulfill our obligations to restore civil society in that nation and work toward broader multilateral relations in the region."[1]


Dahlkemper believes that American healthcare is in crisis both in terms of access and in cost. She suggests a two-fold approach: First an intensive look at the system itself focusing on cost structures and the relationship between expenditures on healthcare and patient success. Second a focus on the maintenance of good health and preventative medicine. [2]

" . . .far too many Americans suffering from lack of access to adequate care, increasingly the cost of healthcare is placing nearly intolerable financial burdens on Americans. Ironically, we spend an extraordinary amount now as a nation. "[2]


Dahlkemper believes we have ignored the realities of the negative human impact on our environment and world.[3]

"I believe that living a 'green' life can co-exist with business, and in fact, is a real opportunity for technological advances and, in turn, job creation."[3]


No Child Left Behind is very likely the largest ill-funded federal mandate in our nation's modern history according to Dahlkemper. She feels that we need to increase our investment in both primary and higher education.[4]

"This program has proven that it is one thing to talk about a program but certainly another to support it. The federal government spends only 2.4%* of the entire budget on education."[4]

(*Source U.S. Department of Education website available at http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/role.html, last viewed November 21, 2007)


Dahlkemper feels there is a need to rethink how we allocate our resources. Government waste has to be addressed and governemtn spending needs more transparency according to Dahlkemper. [5]

"It's time we rethink our nation's priorities and shift some of our resources away from massive military spending to our urgent domestic needs."[5]


Dahlkemper feels we are too dependent upon foreign oil. She thinks that this dependence has not only affected our foreign policy but has also affected our developement of new technologies.[6]

"We will always need energy - and lots of it -- and we need to act now to develop technologies to insure domestic sources of ample, affordable, and clean energy."[6]


Dahlkemper believes in the opportunity to work and earn a living. She feels that people who have worked in the manufacturing industries that have helped make Northwestern Pennsylvania and this country strong. She believes that the region must aggressively take part in the energy revolution and ensure that our workforce is trained for the challenging work of the future.[7]

"We must look to the new economy for our growth and stability."[8]


Dahlkemper is concerned with the lack of controls in the area of free trade; controls in the form of product safety standards, proper protection of patented technologies, fair labor practices, etc. She sees as a pressing problem the movement by many of our businesses of all or a part of their manufacturing operations overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and other costs, and in return more and more dangerous products coming into this nation, putting our people, including our children, at risk. She feels to be a part of the global economy there is a need for a collaborative approach to address these issues among our government, our corporations and their foreign host countries.[9]

"We must be sure that while we take advantage of the many opportunities this new age offers, we are doing what is in the long-term best interests of our workers, citizens and country.'[10]


Kathy Dahlkemper is not a career politician. She is a concerned citizen. Dahlkemper is a civic leader, successful small businesswoman, wife and mother of five. By bringing people together in public/private partnerships, Dahlkemper succeeded in helping to create the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park in Erie, Pa. Dahlkemper has served as the Director of LEAF for the past ten years. She was successful in obtaining $2 million in funding for the arboretum.

2008 elections

Dahlkemper won the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) in the 2008 congressional elections.[11] She went on to defeat English in the November 2008 general election.[12]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Kathy Dahlkemper works with the Girl Scouts of America. Through the Nonprofit Partnership, she helped non-profit organizations assist individuals through challenging times. Dahlkemper has also worked with families by her association with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter.


Official Dahlkemper for Congress Web site

Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress
1921 W. 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505

Phone: (814) 456-0987


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Iraq", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Healthcare", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Environment", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Education", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Debt", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Energy", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  7. "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: jobs", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Dahlkemper_jobs
  9. "Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress—Issues: Trade", KathyDahlkemperforCongress.com, retrieved March 26, 2008
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Dahlkemper_trade
  11. Greg Giroux, "Keystone House Races, Eclipsed in Tuesday’s Primary, Will Emerge This Fall", CQ Politics, April 23, 2008
  12. "Pennsylvania 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Small Business
110th Congress
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Committees: n/a
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 208 E. Bayfront Parkway Suite 102, Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-456-2038 / Fax: 814-454-0163

Campaign Contact:

Website: http://www.kathydahlkemperforcongress.com/
Webform Email: / Email: info@kathydahlkemperforcongress.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress, 1921 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505
Phone: 814-456-0987 / Fax:

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Date of Birth: December 9, 1957