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Frederick B. Keller (born October 23, 1965) is an American politician from Pennsylvania, who is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district.[2] A Republican, he was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 85th district from 2011 until his resignation in May 2019 following election to the U.S. House.[3][4]

Fred Keller
Fred Keller, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped2).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
Assumed office
May 21, 2019
Preceded byTom Marino
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 85th district
In office
January 4, 2011 – May 22, 2019
Preceded byRuss Fairchild
Succeeded byDavid H. Rowe[1]
Personal details
Born (1965-10-23) October 23, 1965 (age 53)
Page, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kay Keller
Children2
WebsiteHouse website

Early life and careerEdit

Keller was born in Page, Arizona, to parents who were native Pennsylvanians that had moved west for work.[5] After graduating from Shikellamy High School in 1984,[4] Keller got a job at Conestoga Wood Specialties, a factory that makes cabinets and other wooden kitchen products, in Beavertown, Pennsylvania. He was ultimately promoted to become the plant operations manager.[6][7] In 1990, Keller began a real estate property business, and attended Don Paul Shearer Real Estate school in 1995.[3][5]

Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit

In 2010, Keller ran as a Republican for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 85th district, seeking to succeed Republican Russ Fairchild, who was retiring.[7] He was elected to the Pennsylvania House, and was reelected every two years through 2018.[8] He was appointed to the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System in 2019.[9]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

ElectionsEdit

2019 special electionEdit

Following Tom Marino's resignation from the United States House of Representatives in January 2019, Keller declared his candidacy in the 2019 Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election.[10]

He won the Republican nomination at a conference meeting on March 2.[11] Keller won the general election on May 21, defeating previous 2018 Democratic nominee Marc Friedenberg, and resigned from his state House seat on May 22.[12][13] He was sworn in on June 3.[14]

TenureEdit

Committee assignmentsEdit

In the 116th Congress, Keller is assigned to the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Oversight and Reform.[15]

Caucus membershipsEdit

Electoral HistoryEdit

Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election, 2019[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller 90,000 68.08% +2.04%
Democratic Marc Friedenberg 42,195 31.92% -2.04%
Total votes 132,195 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district election, 2018[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller (incumbent) 14,714 67.70% -32.3%
Democratic Jennifer Rager-Kay 7,012 32.30% N/A
Total votes 21,726 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district election, 2016[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller (incumbent) 21,304 100.00% +30.8%
Total votes 21,304 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district election, 2014[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller (incumbent) 10,895 69.20% -11.9%
Democratic Michael Sundberg 4,857 30.80% N/A
Total votes 15,752 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district election, 2012[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller (incumbent) 16,900 81.1% 15.08%
Libertarian Erik Viker 3,935 18.9% 9.9%
Total votes 20,835 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district election, 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller 11,412 66.02% -4.43%
Democratic Trey Casimir 4,323 25.0% -4.55%
Libertarian Erik Viker 1,551 9.0% N/A
Total votes 17,286 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 85th house district Republican primary election, 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fred Keller 3,237 44.86% N/A
Republican Maurice Brubaker 2,092 29.0% N/A
Republican Betsy M. Snook 1,886 26.14% N/A
Total votes 7,215 100.0% N/A

Personal lifeEdit

Keller has three siblings. Soon after he began working, Keller married his wife Kay and they have two grown children, one of whom survived after being hospitalized on life support and being told there was no chance for recovery. They also have two grandchildren.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Republican David Rowe Wins Special Election for Pennsylvania's 85th District". WNEP-TV. August 20, 2019. Archived from the original on August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Keller, Frederick B." (PDF). Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Representative Fred Keller's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Fred Keller". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Stout, Larry (April 17, 2019). "Congressional Candidate Fred Keller". Webb Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Bowman, Bridget (May 21, 2019). "Republican Fred Keller wins Pennsylvania special election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Marcia MooreThe Daily Item (October 5, 2010). "Keller: I'm no political insider | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Moore, Marcia (November 6, 2018). "Keller wins fifth consecutive term in 85th state House | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Moore, Marcia (January 16, 2019). "State Rep. Keller appointed to school retirement board of trustees | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Krawczeniuk, Borys. "List grows for those seeking Marino seat". citizensvoice.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Moore, Marcia (March 2, 2019). "Fred Keller wins GOP nod to replace Marino | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah; Lee, Jasmine C. (May 21, 2019). "Pennsylvania Special Election Results: 12th House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Moore, Marcia (May 22, 2019). "Deadlines may keep Keller out of Washington office until June". Daily Item. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Keller to take the oath of office on June 3". Daily Item. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Johnson, Cheryl. "Committee Information". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "2019 Special Election 12th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Department of State. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Fred Keller". Ballotpedia. Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved September 2, 2019.

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