Emerge Pennsylvania



State Representative Tina M. Davis & State Representative Mary Jo Daley

(in formation)
Heather Arnet, CEO, Women and Girls Foundation
Kathryn Boockvar, Executive Director of LifeCycle WomanCare
Mike Carroll, Chair, House Democratic Campaign Committee, State Representative
John Cordisco, Chair, Bucks County Democratic Committee
Kathy Dahlkemper
Nathan Davidson, Executive Director, House Democratic Campaign Committee 
Madeleine Dean, State Representative
Pam Delissio, State Representative
Frank Dermody, Democratic Caucus Leader, State Representative
Maria Donatucci, State Representative
Margo Davidson, State Representative
Dan Frankel, Democratic Caucus Chairman, State Representative
Penny Gerber, Vice Chair, PA Democratic Party
Marcel Groen, Chair, Montgomery County Democratic Committee
Mike Hanna, Democratic Caucus Whip, State Representative
Lois Herr, Chair, Lebanon County Democratic Committee
Tara Huber, NFT President and AFTPA Vice President
Susan Jacobson, President, Jacobson Strategic Communications
Pam Janvey, Recording Secretary, PA Democratic Party
John Kane, Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Plumbers Union Local 690
Patty Kim, State Representative
Diane Marseglia, Commissioner, Bucks County
Erin McClelland, 2014 Democratic Nominee for US Congress
Aubrey Montgomery, Represent PAC
Nancy Patton Mills, Chair, Allegheny County Democratic Committee
Cherelle Parker, State Representative
Dr. Becki Scola, Associate Professor, St. Joseph's University 
Pam Snyder, State Representative
Bayard Storey, Ph. D

America Votes
By Women 4 Women
Working Families Organization


  • Pennsylvania has never elected a woman governor or US senator.
  • Democrats are in the minority in both houses of the General Assembly, with Republicans holding nearly 60% of the seats in each body.
  • Democratic Governor Tom Wolf defeated incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett with nearly 55% of the vote in 2014, ending four years of complete Republican control of both houses and the governor’s mansion.
  • Only seven women have ever been elected to the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Of those seven, three were elected in special elections after their husbands’ deaths.
  • Of the four congresswomen from Pennsylvania who have served since 1993, three were Democrats.
  • Pennsylvania ranks 37th in the country for equal pay for women, with women in the state earning 76 cents to every dollar earned by men. Yet bills to address equal pay died in committee in both chambers of the Assembly in 2014.
  • The Pennsylvania legislature is not working for women and families. NARAL gave Pennsylvania an F grade when it came to choice-related laws, and after Philadelphia passed a bill granting paid earned sick days, the state legislature proposed a bill to block other municipalities from enacting similar legislation.
  • President Obama won Pennsylvania by 5 points in the 2012 election, reflecting Pennsylvanians’ desire for more Democratic candidates in the state and the need to energize the existing Democratic base.

That’s WHY Pennsylvania, that’s why we are launching Emerge Pennsylvania NOW!


Mary Beth Gray
Abigail Gardner, Scottie Public Affairs

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