Rep. Kelly Profiled as One of President Trump's "8 Favorite House Members"

Jan 23, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

“He has rewarded those lawmakers by bringing them into his circle of trust and delegating surrogate powers to them”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – was recently included in a list compiled by the Washington Examiner of eight of President Donald Trump’s “earliest allies and point-people on Capitol Hill, compiled based on sources with knowledge of the transition team's thinking.”

Excerpts from the article:

President Trump began his campaign with zero support on Capitol Hill. But as his candidacy gained momentum, a handful of House members gravitated to the real estate mogul's message. He has rewarded those lawmakers by bringing them into his circle of trust and delegating surrogate powers to them.

Here are eight of Trump's earliest allies and point-people on Capitol Hill, compiled based on sources with knowledge of the transition team's thinking. All of the lawmakers who are quoted spoke to the Washington Examiner unless otherwise noted.

...

First elected in 2010, Rep. Mike Kelly is one of three Pennsylvanians in the group, and he became a staple on the campaign trail with Trump in the Keystone State. As the owner of a successful chain of auto dealerships in western Pennsylvania, he relates to Trump as a businessman and innovative leader.

"I just thought his approach was so unique … he was a change agent," Kelly said. "He has a businessman's view of the world and how things should be run."

Hailing originally from Pittsburgh, Kelly said Trump's stance on trade was a big draw for him and his constituents.

"We've already seen companies responding" to Trump's tough talk on trade, Kelly said pointing to Hyundai, one of Chevrolet-Cadillac's marquee brands, which just announced it will build a new factory in the U.S.

"They see the trend … that you gotta make it in America," he said.

###