The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

January 2, 2013

Top 10 of 2013 | Rothfus eager for new role

New congressman to take office today

JOHNSTOWN — Keith Rothfus, like many U.S. citizens, felt frustration when watching the recent protracted fiscal cliff debate.

But, while most Americans had little immediate recourse except to contact their  

congressional offices with phone calls and emails, the Allegheny County lawyer knew he soon would be able to play a key role in hopefully helping to prevent similar gridlock from occurring. As President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate struggled to prevent large tax increases and huge automatic spending cuts from taking effect, Rothfus was preparing himself to join the U.S. House of Representatives.

He will be sworn in as the 12th district’s new representative in the 113th Congress around noon today.

“As a private citizen, watching all of that with other private citizens, it was frustrating,” Rothfus said.

Even after feeling some dissatisfaction with the political system, Rothfus is looking forward to joining Congress.

“I’m excited to be heading down (to Washington, D.C.),” he said. “I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead of us. To be able to be in this position, with the two years of service that the citizens have given me, is an honor.”

Rothfus, a Republican, gained his seat by beating incumbent Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, by 3.4 percentage points in the general election.

The 50-year-old father of six children will serve on two committees, Judiciary and Homeland Security. Both of those assignments fit with Rothfus’ background. The Notre Dame Law School gradate worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2006 and 2007, heading an office that worked with faith-based organizations to provide relief after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

Rothfus’ 12th district includes parts of Somerset and Cambria counties.

The other sections of those counties, along with all of Bedford County, are in the 9th, a district represented by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg. He will become the new chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the session officially begins. Shuster has been in the House since 2001.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cawley Lt. Gov. Cawley pushes jobs plan during Johnstown visit

    Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley got to see firsthand many of the training tools used by Hiram G. Andrews Center students on Thursday and took some time to promote a program called Jobs for All, part of Gov. Tom Corbett’s JOBS1st PA agenda.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • home VIDEO | Volunteers ‘blitz build’ replacement home for Upper Yoder man

    One week ago, Joey Varmecky had almost nothing.
    In October, a flue fire claimed his Swank Street home. That night, Varmecky, a deaf and partially blind man who doesn’t speak, showed up on the doorstep of his friend’s home. His feet were covered only by a pair of stockings.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Toomey & Shuster Bill would help identify unclaimed remains of veterans

    The cremated remains of an estimated 47,000 veterans are stored throughout the United States, sometimes in nothing more than nondescript metal canisters on shelves.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • million Lucky Seward man finds ticket to riches

    People often play the lottery and dream about the things they would do if they won the big one.
    That dream came true for Karl Kadi of Seward, who won $1 million on a $20 Max-A-Million scratch-off lottery ticket.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farrish, James State police make another drug bust on turnpike

    A Pittsburgh man was jailed Thursday after state police said they found about $120,000 in suspected heroin during a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sisco, Ryan James & John Patrick Two brothers charged in beating at bar

    Two Johnstown brothers were jailed Wednesday after police said they beat a man so badly he suffered a concussion and may end up blind in one eye.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • path of flood Path of Flood entries due

    Anyone interested in participating in Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s  Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon and 5K race will need to get in gear before the April 30 registration deadline.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling fees should fund education, Democrats say

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 17, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/18/2014

    April 17, 2014


Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads