Birthdate: May 10, 1948
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Residence: Butler, PA
First Elected: 2010
Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and resides in Butler. He played football in high school and college and earned a bachelor's from Notre Dame University in 1970.
He owns Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc., a business started by his father in 1953, which he purchased in 1995. Kelly has been active for years in local government and charitable work through the auto dealership.
Kelly serves as a board member of the Housing and Redevelopment authorities of Butler County, and as a Butler city councilman.
Kelly and his wife, Victoria, have four chlidren.
Mike Kelly defeated five other candidates in the May 2010 Republican primary for Pennsylvania's 3rd District seat and will face freshman Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in the November general election.
Kelly is a fiscal conservative who believes lower taxes and less regulation are the best way to foster small business, create economic growth and reverse unemployment.
Kelly opposes higher federal taxes and spending, and specifically opposes the $814 billion stimulus package pushed in February 2009 by President Barack Obama's administration.
Kelly opposes the 2010 health care reform bill and what he believes is an effort to nationalize the health care system. He opposes Medicare cuts in the legislation and would prefer to reform the system through tort reform, increasing competition among health insurance providers and giving individuals and small businesses more insurance choices.
Kelly wants to increase military spending and accuses the Obama administration of lacking the will to fight terrorism from a war footing and instead treating terrorist acts as crimes. Kelly believes terrorists should be tried by military tribunals and not in civilian courts.
Kelly proposes expanding domestic sources of energy, by increased drilling for gas and oil and exploiting Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural-gas deposit and other reserves.
Kelly views the 2nd Amendment as guaranteeing an individual's right to bear arms in order to keep government power in check. He also advocates for the rights of hunters.
Source: Associated Press