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Biographical Profile for Allyson Y. Schwartz
Currently Elected Representative In Congress District 13, Pennsylvania
Age: 65
Party: Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Phone: 215-742-8140
Address: 972 Frazier Rd
Rydal, PA 19046-2408
 
Allyson Y. Schwartz's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz is serving in her first term representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania. In her first term of Congress, Schwartz has authored several significant pieces of federal legislation, including a bipartisan bill to offer tax credits to businesses that hire returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Over 160 fellow members of Congress are supporting Schwartz's veterans' legislation, the Veterans Employment and Respect Act.

In Congress Schwartz quickly built on her strong environmental record, by joining with several of her Democratic and Republican colleagues to co-author the Delaware River Protection Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in June, 2005. The plan creates tougher shipping safety standards to protect the environmental integrity and economic vitality of the Delaware River and the greater Philadelphia area.

Schwartz serves on two influential House committees, the Budget Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where she serves on two subcommittees: Highways, Transit and Pipelines and Water Resources and Environment. As a member of the Budget Committee, Schwartz has spoken out for fiscal responsibility and to put an end to irresponsible deficit spending.

Schwartz marked the life of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, earlier this year by giving her first congressional floor speech on the anniversary of the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Schwartz a leader "with especially impressive accomplishments" who "knows how to forge bipartisan coalitions with folks on the other side of the aisle."
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
The daughter of a Korean War veteran, Schwartz grew up with a strong desire to give back through public service. She lives in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania with her husband David, a prominent Philadelphia cardiologist. They are the proud parents of two sons, Daniel and Jordan.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Schwartz earned a B.A. from Simmons College in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
On January 4th, 2007, Schwartz was sworn into her second term in the United States House of Representatives.

At the start of the 110th Congress, Schwartz was appointed to the Committee on Ways and Means. Schwartz is leading several initiatives from her Committee seat addressing healthcare affordability and tax fairness for middle class families.

Schwartz also serves on the Budget Committee.

Schwartz is a member of the centrist New Democratic Caucus (NDC).

Schwartz is one of the most successful female elected officials in Pennsylvania history. She has repeatedly broken new ground in the state's political structure, starting when she became just the third women to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1991.

Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
None.
Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Member, Allens Lane Art Center
Board of Trustees, Arcadia University
Member, Center for Policy Alternatives
Member, Center for Responsible Funding
Member, Chestnut Hill Health Care
Chair, Committee for Protection of Human Subjects
Member, Council of State Legislators
Former Board Member, Delaware Valley Child Care Council
Montgomery County Commission for Women and Families
Member, National Jewish Democratic Council
Chair, National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee
National Conference of State Legislatures Women's Network Board
Member, Pennsylvania Children's Trust Fund Board
Member, Pennsylvania Council on Higher Education
Board of Directors, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation
Member, Women's Way.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
During Representative Schwartz's more than three decades of public service, she has built a national reputation as an innovative leader. Schwartz led the effort to create the Pennsylvania State Children's Health Insurance Program, which later served as a national model for a state/federal/family partnership to increase the number of children with health insurance.

Prior to entering elected office, Schwartz spent over a decade working on behalf of women and families in both the private healthcare sector and in local government.

During her 14 years serving as a Pennsylvania state Senator, Schwartz became nationally known as an accomplished and powerful legislator. She served for nearly ten years as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Education Committee, where she successfully fought for increased accountability in Philadelphia public schools.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Jewish.
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
During Representative Schwartz's more than three decades of public service, she has built a national reputation as an innovative leader. Schwartz led the effort to create the Pennsylvania State Children's Health Insurance Program, which later served as a national model for a state/federal/family partnership to increase the number of children with health insurance.

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Schwartz a leader "with especially impressive accomplishments" who "knows how to forge bipartisan coalitions with folks on the other side of the aisle." Those qualities have been hallmarks of Allyson Schwartz's commitment to her constituents - through four terms as one of Pennsylvania's most effective state Senators, and today as a Member of Congress representing Pennsylvania's 13th District.

During her 14 years serving as a Pennsylvania state Senator, Schwartz became nationally known as an accomplished and powerful legislator. She served for nearly ten years as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Education Committee, where she successfully fought for increased accountability in Philadelphia public schools.

Schwartz serves on two influential House committees, the Budget Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where she serves on two subcommittees: Highways, Transit and Pipelines and Water Resources and Environment.

In her first term of Congress, Schwartz has authored several significant pieces of federal legislation, including a bipartisan bill to offer tax credits to businesses that hire returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
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