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Mike Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Butler, PA, where he has lived for more than 50 years. After graduating from Butler High School in 1966, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame on a football and academic scholarship. After college, Mike moved back to Butler to work at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc., a company founded by his father in the early 1950s. Mike took ownership of the dealership in the mid-1990s and expanded its operations to include Hyundai and KIA franchises.
Mike's auto dealerships currently employ more than 100 people from the region, and are leaders in the local and national automotive industry. Mike has served as Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council, and has sat on the boards of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association of Pittsburgh and the Cadillac Consultants of Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mike is a former Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” initiative, which has donated more than $86 million to childhood cancer research institutions nationwide.
Prior to entering Congress, Mike served on the Butler City Council and previously sat on the boards of several local and civic organizations, including the Housing Authority of Butler County, the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, and the Moraine Trails Council of Boys Scouts of America. In recognition of Mike’s extensive volunteer and charitable work, Catholic Charities awarded him its Mary DeMucci Award. The Mayor of Butler designated October 26, 2001 as “Mike Kelly Day” for his commitment to his hometown.
Dedicated to improving education, Mike founded the Butler Quarterback Club and The Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, which provide unique and innovative educational programs for students in the Butler Area School District. Mike and his wife, Victoria, a former elementary school teacher, also established the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat Program, which helped collect more than 500 winter coats for students in need in the Butler community.
Mike and Victoria have four children and are the proud grandparents to ten beautiful grandchildren. Mike’s family and friends were with him on January 5, 2011, when he was sworn into office as the U.S. Representative of the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
Mike is constantly honored and humbled to represent the interests, values, and concerns of the Third District, especially as they relate to his work on the House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
According to CQ Roll Call, “Any encounter with Kelly has the potential to erupt into a pep rally” thanks to his “gift for enthusiastic – and rapid-fire – communication.”
During his time in the House of Representatives, Mike has frequently appeared on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, CNN’s Crossfire, and Fox News’ Hannity, Huckabee, and The Kelly File, among many others. Mike’s op-eds have appeared in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and other national and local newspapers.
Below are just a few of the awards that Rep. Kelly has received while serving Pennsylvania’s Third District:
National Association of Manufacturers: NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence
60 Plus Association: Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Spirit of Enterprise Award
American International Automobile Dealers: Legislative Action Network Advocacy Award
National Federation of Independent Business: Guardian of Small Business Award
International Foodservice Distributers Association: Jefferson Award
American Farm Bureau Federation: Friend of Farm Bureau Award
American Conservative Union: ACU Conservative Award