PA SENATE DEMOCRATS
PA Senate Democrats are excited to showcase some of the things we have been doing. From highlighting specific issues, to hosting events and special projects, to stressing the importance of Women’s History Month, to saluting our brave soldiers, you can count on us to bring the important news and issues to the forefront. This section provides information on our work.
Senate Bill 22
The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats voted unanimously against a Senator Aument amendment to create judicial districts, as part of the redistricting reform bill, Senate Bill 22. Ultimately, the amendment passed by a partisan vote of 31 to 18, with several Republicans voting against it as well.
LGBT Pride Month
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was originally celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”. Now, major cities across the country have extended this day into a month-long celebration, including parades, picnics, parties, concerts, and more.
Military Appreciation Month
Declared by Congress in 1999, May was selected National Military Appreciation Month as a month-long observance honoring the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. Pennsylvania has a long and proud military history. Today, we are home to nearly one million veterans and we have a 19,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard.
Portraits of PA
Portraits of PA is a rotating photo gallery produced by the PA Senate Democrats. We aim to connect with Pennsylvanians on a deeper level to explore issues that impact their daily lives. These are your neighbors, your family, your friends, your community. By bringing these issues to life, and sharing these stories, we hope to create real, meaningful and lasting change.
Financial Freedom for Working Families
PA Senate Democrats, PA Treasurer Joe Torsella, and tax & financial specialists traveled the state to help you find money that you’re entitled to. Experts were on hand to help with tax information, heating assistance, college savings, unclaimed property and much more! We are so happy to have been able to help so many people around the state!
ACA Mobile Enrollment Tour
When we heard that healthcare for Pennsylvanians was under threat, we quickly organized a statewide ACA mobile enrollment tour and traveled the state to spread awareness and increase enrollment. We were able to meet with, educate and enroll hundreds of folks. It was an amazing opportunity to meet with people in many different walks of life to hear their stories, learn what healthcare means to them, and ultimately, make sure they were covered for 2018.
In February 2018, the PA Supreme Court imposed a new congressional map for the 2018 elections. Under the court’s redrawn map, districts more closely align with county lines, and only 13 counties are split among two or three districts. Following the Supreme Courts new map, Pennsylvania republicans challenge this map as well. On March 19, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a Republican challenge to the newly drawn Pennsylvania congressional map ahead of the 2018 elections.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The #MeToo Movement has shown us that sexual harassment in the workplace is far more expansive and complex than many of us realized. We are working with the Governor and the House to craft a comprehensive package that studies sexual harassment, prevents it in the future, and protects its victims in the meantime.
Black History Month
“Future Faces of Black History” is a project intended to highlight African Americans in Pennsylvania that are making positive change in their communities – all as part of Black History Month. Through volunteering, mentorship and public service, these folks are paving the way for a better PA today, tomorrow and always.
Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month and we will be celebrating women from all walks of life throughout the month. We will be highlighting famous female Pennsylvanians who made important contributions to our state and our history, women from PA who are responsible for significant “firsts” for our commonwealth and women who are currently making big impacts in our communities.