Representative Babette Josephs
First elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1984, I represent the 182nd Legislative District, which encompasses Center City and South Philadelphia. As the senior woman legislator in the General Assembly, I have served as the Democratic chairwoman of the House State Government Committee since 2001; this committee oversees elections and campaign laws, the PA Human Relations Commission, and procurement of supplies and services by state government. I am the convener of the Women’s Caucus of the General Assembly.
I have a long-standing reputation as a lawmaker dedicated to civil rights, improving health care for all, fair taxes, and securing dedicated funding for mass transit. I work for a vibrant, green, beautiful Philadelphia. I have encouraged arts and economic development that have benefited millions of Philadelphians and Pennsylvanians. I believe that civil liberties and a strong economy are inextricably intertwined.
Currently, I am fighting to make sure every child in Pennsylvania gets an adequate public education, and I believe that strong unions are essential to keeping families in the middle class. I want to ensure that all Pennsylvania voters have access to the polls, encourage small-business development, protect the environment, and ensure that citizens on limited incomes, including seniors, receive the help they need while being treated with dignity. I believe we must restore safety net services, tax Marcellus Shale gas-drilling companies, close the Delaware loophole and tax other tobacco products. I support non-discrimination and marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Pennsylvanians. I believe every woman should have access to medically safe abortion.
In addition to my legislative efforts, I am affiliated with multiple organizations and boards such as the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, National Organization for Women (NOW), League of Conservation Voters, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Hadassah, Neighborhood Networks, and Center City Residents’ Association. I have brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to my district to aid neighborhood, education, crime prevention, and cultural groups.
I am the happy grandma of six gorgeous grandchildren, pictured above with my two kids and their spouses.