Support Mary Gay Scanlon

Jan Schakowsky


RACE: Won the special election representing PA-7 to fill the vacancy of resigned Rep. Pat Meehan, and won the 2018 election to represent the changed PA-5 district.
PARTY: Democrat
BORN: 8/30/1959
EDUCATION: Colgate University (BA),University of Pennsylvania (JD)
  • United States House of Representatives, PA District 5, 2019-Present
  • United States House of Representatives, PA District 8, 2018-2019
  • Special election candidates, US House of Representatives PA District 7, 2018
  • Judiciary
  • Rules
  • House Administration

  • Believes Israel is the U.S.'s most important ally in the Middle East.
  • Strongly supports a two-state solution.
  • Supported the JCPOA (Iran deal).
  • Supports Israel's right to defend herself and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help Israel mainting its qualatative military edge.

  • Believes a woman's medical decisions should be made between her, her family, and her doctor.
  • Opposes defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Believes when women have control over their reproductive health, they have greater success in both carreer and life.
In Her Own Words

"I grew up in a family that encouraged my siblings and I to engage with the issues of the day and choose to matter, a tradition that I continued with my own children and as a longtime advocate for civics education. Now more than ever, as young people are faced with existential challenges to our democratic order and the environment, it is important that they have a seat at the table, and that we actually listen to their concerns about the world around them." 3
"Child care is essential — Without it, schools can’t open and Americans can’t go back to work. The Child Care for Economic Recovery Act provides critical relief to working families, child care providers, and essential workers. In addition, it includes long overdue funding for child care infrastructure and offers incentives for employers to provide child care assistance. Affordable and accessible child care is essential for families in our region and across the country. Now, we need the Senate to act." 3
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Interesting Facts

Serves as Judicial Clerk for Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Has served as national ProBono Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP for the past 15 years, directing and supervising over 600 lawyers in 15 offices. Under her leaderhsip, the firm provided more than 50,000 housr of pro bono legal services annually to low-income and non-profit clients.