PA HDCC: PA House Dems Make History: Majority of Challengers Women

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014—For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth, a majority of the Democrats running for the Pennsylvania House this year against Republicans will be women. The Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee announced on Thursday that 28 Democratic women will be running in Republican-held House seats in 2014.

“We are setting out to change the face of the Legislature in 2014,” said PA HDCC Chair Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery). “I wanted to recruit better candidates this cycle but I also wanted to focus on recruiting strong women in our most viable seats to address the lack of equal representation in the House. We were more successful than I ever expected and I look forward to making gains towards a Democratic majority.”

Briggs said that he sees great opportunity for the Democratic challengers running for the House this year with poll after poll showing voters rejecting the policies of Governor Corbett and the House GOP.

“The destructive policies of the Republican-controlled legislature have held back the hard working, middle class families of Pennsylvania. This election will be a referendum on Governor Corbett and his rubber stamps in the House.”

Pennsylvania has consistently ranked as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to the proportion of women in the state legislature, with a mere 17.8% currently occupying seats. By contrast, women make up 28% of the parliament in Afghanistan.

But with a strong slate of women running for the House in 2014, the Democrats believe that will change in November. HDCC Vice-Chair Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) was excited by the caliber of the Democratic women and men running this year.

“This is an impressive slate of Democratic candidates,” said Davis. “The women who have stepped up to run are the best leaders of our business, non-profit and civic communities. The 2014 election will be truly historic and exciting. Voters are tired of the failed governance of the GOP and this year they will have inspiring alternatives on the ballot.”

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