Fred Keller (politician)
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. He was a Republican 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.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
|Assumed office |
June 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Tom Marino|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 85th district
January 4, 2011 – May 22, 2019
|Preceded by||Russ Fairchild|
|Succeeded by||David H. Rowe|
|Born||October 23, 1965|
Page, Arizona, U.S.
Early life and careerEdit
Keller was born in Page, Arizona, to parents who were native Pennsylvanians that had moved west for work. After graduating from Shikellamy High School in 1984, 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. In 1990, Keller began a real estate property business, and attended Don Paul Shearer Real Estate school in 1995.
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. He was elected to the Pennsylvania House, and was reelected every two years through 2018. He was appointed to the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System in 2019.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
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.
He won the Republican nomination at a conference meeting on March 2. 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. He was sworn in on June 3.
- Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus
|Republican||Fred Keller (incumbent)||14,714||67.70%||-32.3%|
|Republican||Fred Keller (incumbent)||21,304||100.00%||+30.8%|
|Republican||Fred Keller (incumbent)||10,895||69.20%||-11.9%|
|Republican||Fred Keller (incumbent)||16,900||81.1%||15.08%|
|Republican||Betsy M. Snook||1,886||26.14%||N/A|
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.
- "Keller, Frederick B." (PDF). Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- "Representative Fred Keller's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
- "Fred Keller". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
- Stout, Larry (April 17, 2019). "Congressional Candidate Fred Keller". Webb Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
- Bowman, Bridget (May 21, 2019). "Republican Fred Keller wins Pennsylvania special election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Marcia MooreThe Daily Item (October 5, 2010). "Keller: I'm no political insider | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- Moore, Marcia (November 6, 2018). "Keller wins fifth consecutive term in 85th state House | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- Moore, Marcia (January 16, 2019). "State Rep. Keller appointed to school retirement board of trustees | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- Krawczeniuk, Borys. "List grows for those seeking Marino seat". citizensvoice.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
- Moore, Marcia (March 2, 2019). "Fred Keller wins GOP nod to replace Marino | News". dailyitem.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- 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.
- Moore, Marcia (May 22, 2019). "Deadlines may keep Keller out of Washington office until June". Daily Item. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
- "Keller to take the oath of office on June 3". Daily Item. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
- "Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives - Official Alphabetical List". clerk.house.gov. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
- "House Committee on Education and Labor". edlabor.house.gov. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
- "Keller kicks off Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus". The Review. Towanda, Pennsylvania. October 1, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
- "2019 Special Election 12th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Department of State. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
- "Fred Keller". Ballotpedia. Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
- Congressman Fred Keller official U.S. House website
- Fred Keller for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- State Representative Fred Keller, official caucus site
- Fred Keller (R), official PA House site (archived May 2019)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
| Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 85th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| Current United States Representatives by seniority