Keith Rothfus

Keith Rothfus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mark Critz
Personal details
Born (1962-04-25) April 25, 1962[1]
Endicott, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elsie Rothfus
Children Six
Residence Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Buffalo State College (B.S.)
University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Congressman Keith Rothfus

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.[2][3] Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a lawyer.

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.[4]

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.[1][5]

U.S. House of Representatives



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%.[6] Rothfus challenged Democrat U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire and lost 51%–49%.[7][8]


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.[9]

Rothfus defeated Critz 52%–48%.[8][10][11] 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.[12]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Rothfus resides with his wife, Elsie, and their six children in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.[1] He is a cancer survivor. His family attends the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Sewickley.[13]


  1. 1 2 3 "Keith James Rothfus". The Washington Times. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  2. Cernetich, Kelly. "Critz Concedes Race to Rothfus". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  3. "Rothfus wins seat in Pa.'s redrawn 12th Congressional District". WPXI. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  4. "Keith Rothfus". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. "The Keith You Know". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. "PA – District 04 – R Primary Race – May 18, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. "PA – District 04 Race – Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. 1 2 Schmitz, Jon and McNulty, Timothy (7 November 2012). "Rothfus upsets Critz in bitter battle for U.S. House". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  9. "New Jersey Herald – GOP's Rothfus beats incumbent Critz in W. Pa. race". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. "Commonwealth of PA – Elections Information". 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. "2012 Election Results Map by State – Live Voting Updates". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. "2014 Pennsylvania House Election Results". Politico. Retrieved 5 November 2014.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Critz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tom Rice
R-South Carolina
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Raul Ruiz
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