Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District

As I’ve long said, government works best when the people define their government, not the other way around. I want those in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District to know that my offices are an open channel for them to express their concerns and make their priorities my priorities. I encourage anyone in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District to get in touch with our office so the PA-12 team knows what you are thinking and what you would like us to work on for you.

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January 21, 2021 In The News

Elected officials take an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. I am proud that Congressman Fred Keller upheld his oath by objecting to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes on Jan. 6.

It has been disappointing to see this editorial page repeatedly print letters about Fred. While buzz words like “sedition” and “treason” have been irresponsibly and incorrectly thrown around in reference to any objection to electoral votes, the reality is that Fred defended the Constitutional rights of every Pennsylvanian.

January 21, 2021 In The News

Joe Biden’s first speech as the 46th President of the United States called for unity in confronting and defeating the challenges of the day, the virus, repairing an economy weakened by the pandemic, the scourge of racial injustice — issues that Valley legislators and stakeholders find critical to residents.

It was a speech that both Democrats and Republicans, and Valley political observers said they wanted to hear, a call for people to work together to solve problems.

January 21, 2021 In The News

 Local leaders are looking forward to the nation navigating a steady course toward a bright future as President Joe Biden assumes leadership of the country.

“I just hope we are moving in a positive direction,” Williamsport City Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said. “I think like everyone else I am hoping for peace and kindness.”

Katz said she was busy with council business Wednesday and did not have a chance to watch the inauguration of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

January 21, 2021 In The News

As Joe Biden takes office as America’s 46th president, Pennsylvania elected officials offered congratulations, made pledges to collaborate and vowed to stick to their core principles.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday, just two weeks after a deadly invasion at the Capitol as Congress counted the electoral votes to affirm Biden’s victory. The inauguration occurred a week after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, just before he left office.

January 21, 2021 In The News

LEWISTOWN — Rep. Fred Keller, R-Selinsgrove, whose 12th Congressional District includes Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder and Perry counties, took part in a ‘Legislative Update’ online meeting hosted by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Keller started off by discussing the work that his team has done in Congress for relief for small businesses and their employees.

January 14, 2021 In The News

For the second time in 13 months, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump — this time, for incitement of insurrection. Once again, Centre County’s federal representatives opposed.

Failing to respond to requests for comment, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, have remained silent about Trump’s role in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Both voted to overturn the results of the presidential election just hours after the attack.

January 14, 2021 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” over last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by a riotous mob of pro-Trump extremists.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in making Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, but the two congressmen representing Centre County were not among them.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, both voted against impeachment.

January 14, 2021 In The News

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Like they did in 2019, Pennsylvania’s members of the U.S. House again split down party lines on Wednesday on impeaching President Donald Trump.

All nine Democrats voted a second time to impeach Trump, while all nine Republicans voted against impeaching Trump.

Eight of those Republicans — John Joyce, Fred Keller, Mike Kelly, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, Lloyd Smucker and Glenn Thompson — fell in line with Trump in trying in Congress and in court to overturn Trump’s loss in Pennsylvania to President-elect Joe Biden.

January 14, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Donald Trump is now the first president to be impeached twice.

Nexstar Washington correspondent Basil John reports on where lawmakers stand on the issue.

“This beacon of democracy became the site of a vicious attack,” Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said.

McGovern and other lawmakers pushed for the impeachment of Trump.

“This was not a protest, this was an insurrection. This was a well-organized attack on our country that was incited by Donald Trump,” McGovern said.

January 13, 2021 In The News

Outcries by free-speech advocates objecting to the banning of President Donald Trump's Twitter account, and similar actions taken by Facebook, Amazon and Google, show a misunderstanding of the First Amendment of the Constitution, law experts said on Monday.

The decisions that social media companies have made in the last week are not limited by the First Amendment, said Scott Meinke, professor and chair, Bucknell department of political science.

The First Amendment is about what the government can't do, he said.