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Preceded by  Mark Critz
Occupation  Lawyer
Name  Keith Rothfus
Spouse  Elsie Rothfus
Political party  Republican
Religion  Roman Catholic
Role  U.S. Representative
Parents  Earl Rothfus
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Born  April 25, 1962 (age 53) Endicott, New York, U.S. (1962-04-25)
Residence  Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater  Buffalo State College (B.S.) University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Office  Representative (R-PA 12th District) since 2013
Education  Notre Dame Law School (1990–1994), State University of New York College at Buffalo (1984)
Children  Marilyn Rothfus, Gerard Joseph Rothfus, Edmund Rothfus
Similar People  Mark Critz, Bob Casey - Jr, Matt Cartwright

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Keith James Rothfus (born April 25, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He succeeded Democrat Mark Critz, whom he defeated in the 2012 election. Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a lawyer.


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Early life and education

Keith Rothfus was born in 1962 in Endicott, New York. He graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School in 1980. He attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo for his bachelor's degree in Information Systems. He later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.

Law career

Throughout most of his adult life he has been a corporate attorney, working for private companies big and small. He was employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2006–2007. He has also been a member of the Edgeworth, PA Zoning Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania.



Rothfus decided to run for congress in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. In the Republican primary, he defeated U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan 65%–35%. Rothfus challenged Democrat U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire and lost 51%–49%.


After redistricting, most of the 4th District was merged with the Johnstown-based Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He won the Republican primary unopposed and faced incumbent Democrat Mark Critz in the general election, who had defeated Altmire in the Democratic primary. Rothfus led Critz in fundraising for the second half of 2012. It was a highly competitive election. Outside groups spent nearly $10 million.

Rothfus defeated Critz 52%–48%. He took office when the 113th Congress convened on January 3, 2013.


Rothfus sought a second term in the U.S. House in 2014. He was re-nominated in the May 20 Republican primary and faced Democratic nominee Erin McClelland in the general election. He defeated McClelland 59%–41%, winning a second term.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
  • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Personal life

    Rothfus resides with his wife, Elsie, and their six children in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He is a cancer survivor and a weekly parishioner at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Sewickley.


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