Fred Keller (politician)

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 byVacant
Personal details
Born (1965-10-23) October 23, 1965 (age 53)
Page, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kay Keller
WebsiteHouse website

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Keller was born in Page, Arizona, to parents who were native Pennsylvanians that had moved west for work.[4] After graduating from Shikellamy High School in 1984,[3] 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.[5][6] In 1990, Keller began a real estate property business, and attended Don Paul Shearer Real Estate school in 1995.[2][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

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.[6] He was elected to the Pennsylvania House, and was reelected every two years through 2018.[7] He was appointed to the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System in 2019.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 special election[edit]

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.[9]

He won the Republican nomination at a conference meeting on March 2.[10] 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.[11][12] He was sworn in on June 3.[13]


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district special election, 2019[14]
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

Personal life[edit]

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.[4]


  1. ^ "Keller, Frederick B." (PDF). Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Representative Fred Keller's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Fred Keller". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Stout, Larry (April 17, 2019). "Congressional Candidate Fred Keller". Webb Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Bowman, Bridget (May 21, 2019). "Republican Fred Keller wins Pennsylvania special election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Marcia MooreThe Daily Item (October 5, 2010). "Keller: I'm no political insider | News". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Moore, Marcia (November 6, 2018). "Keller wins fifth consecutive term in 85th state House | News". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Moore, Marcia (January 16, 2019). "State Rep. Keller appointed to school retirement board of trustees | News". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Krawczeniuk, Borys. "List grows for those seeking Marino seat". Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Moore, Marcia (March 2, 2019). "Fred Keller wins GOP nod to replace Marino | News". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Moore, Marcia (May 22, 2019). "Deadlines may keep Keller out of Washington office until June". Daily Item. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Keller to take the oath of office on June 3". Daily Item. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "2019 Special Election 12th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Department of State. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

External links[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Russ Fairchild
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 85th district

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Marino
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

May 21, 2019 – present
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ron Wright
Current United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Eleanor Holmes Norton
as U.S. Delegate