Allyson Schwartz

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Allyson Schwartz

Allyson Y. Schwartz is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 13th district of Pennsylvania. Schwartz is currently serving her fourth term. The 13th District includes both the close-knit neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia and the first ring suburbs of Montgomery County.


Prior to her service in Congress, Schwartz was a leading healthcare executive in Philadelphia. From 1990 to 2004, she served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, where she was considered one of the most accomplished legislators for her ability to forge bipartisanship relationships. She earned a B.A. from Simmons College in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. She is married and has two grown sons.

Schwartz cites the influences of her father, a Korean War veteran, and her mother, a Holocaust survivor, as the source of her commitment to public service.[1]

CLUW connection

Coalition of Labor Union Women activist Cindy Bass is a policy formulator and community activist, in Philadelphia. She is the Senior Policy Advisor on Urban and Domestic Policy to Congressman Chaka Fattah. Prior to joining Congressman Fattah’s staff, Ms. Bass was Special Assistant to then State Senator Allyson Schwartz, who is now a member of Congress as well.[2]

New Democrat Coalition

Since 2009, Congresswoman Schwartz has served as Vice Chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, which proposes centrist, smart, and innovative policies to encourage economic growth and opportunity in America. She has consistently worked with business leaders to develop proposals and policies that create jobs and allow small businesses to thrive in our global economy.[3]


As the highest ranking Jewish member in the Pennsylvania Delegation, Schwartz has a deep and personal commitment to strengthening America’s relationship with Israel and promoting ties between the two democratic nations. She serves as a member of the Democratic Israel Working Group and the U.S.-Israel Security Caucus. [4]

DSA support in 2004

In 2004 DSA targeted local races where control of state houses were up for grabs and where statewide electoral-vote outcomes hinged on successful local district turnouts.[5]

Comrades are also supporting state Senator and health activist Allyson Schwartz in her effort to win the open 13th CD seat left by Joe Hoeffel, who is—also with DSA support—challenging Republican incumbent Senator Arlen Specter....”

In Democratic Socialists of America's Democratic Left Winter 2004/2005, Theresa Alt wrote;[6]

We reported on the candidates that DSAers were supporting in the last issue of Democratic Left. How did they do?
Pennsylvania presents a mixed picture. Long-time progressive state legislator Allyson Schwartz easily won an open U.S. House seat, and Lois Murphy only narrowly lost her race for congress in one of the closest races in the country. Unfortunately, healthcare and education advocate Tim Kearney and newcomer Ginny Schraeder lost handily to much better funded Republican insiders..

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[7]

Allyson Schwartz was endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2005 election cycle. [8]

EMILY's List

Schwartz has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

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