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Former Rep. Charlie Dent Takes Job As CNN Commentator

Pennsylvania Republican resigned May 12, got early start to post-Congress life

Former Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is joining CNN as a political commentator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Former Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is joining CNN as a political commentator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Newly minted ex-Congressman Charlie Dent has joined CNN as a political commentator based in his home state of Pennsylvania, a CNN spokesman and a second source familiar with the arrangement confirmed.

Dent, who did not return a request for comment, resigned his House seat on May 12 to get an early start to his life post-Congress. The Pennsylvania Republican had previously announced last year that he would not seek re-election to another term.

Dent will make his post-Congress CNN debut Monday on Erin Burnett’s OutFront during the 7 p.m. hour. The news of his political commentator job was first reported by Politico social media reporter Michael Calderone on Twitter.  

During his time in Congress, Dentdeveloped a reputation for being one of the most candid lawmakers. He was not afraid to speak out against ideas floated by his own party and was especially critical of President Donald Trump. It is no surprise he would land a job as a TV commentator.

Dent considered himself part of the governing wing of the Republican Party. He served as co-chair of the moderate Tuesday Group and chair of a House Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for military construction and veterans affairs. He also served a term as chair of the House Ethics Committee.

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