ENG: 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.
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 Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994.
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.
Congressional campaigns - 2010
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%.
Rothfus ran for U.S. House again in 2012. This time, he decided to run in the newly redrawn Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. He won the Republican primary unopposed and faced incumbent Democrat Mark Critz in the general election, who had defeated fellow Democratic incumbent Jason 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 resides with his wife, Elsie, and their six children in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania. He is a survivor of Appendix Cancer.