Category Archives: US House PA-6

Inspired by Trump’s attacks on science, this former engineer is running for Congress

by Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress, 6/29/17

Chrissy Houlahan is running for one of the most closely-watched congressional seats in Pennsylvania.

Walk through the halls of Congress, and there’s one type of person that you won’t see much of: scientists. Out of the 535 members of the 114th Congress, just 41 representatives have a background in medicine, science, or engineering, according to a report released by the Congressional Research Service.

Chrissy Houlahan, a Stanford- and MIT-trained engineer and former Air Force captain wants to change that.

Houlahan is part of a growing wave of scientists that have been inspired to run for Congress by the current political climate, which often pits scientific facts against industry influence and political dogma. For instance, the House Science Committee is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a man who has received more than $675,597 from the fossil fuel industry and has referred to the official magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a non-objective source. The House of Representatives has voted multiple times to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific research.

According to 314 Action, a political action committee aimed at encouraging scientists and engineers to run for elective office, 6,000 scientists and STEM professionals have reached out to express interest in running for office as of this month….

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Key women’s group backs Democratic congressional challenger Houlahan

by Jonathan Tamari, philly.com, 6/12/17

WASHINGTON — An influential women’s political group is jumping into one of the most closely watched congressional races in the Philadelphia area, giving an early endorsement to a Democrat who hopes to capitalize on President Trump’s struggles in moderate territory.

EMILY’s List, which played an aggressive role in last year’s U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, endorsed Chrissy Houlahan on Monday as she builds her campaign against the Sixth District’s Republican incumbent, Ryan Costello.

The Chester County-based district is one of a handful of traditionally Republican districts where Trump lost last year, giving Democrats hope that they can use a possible midterm backlash to flip the seat and others like it, and take control of the House. Houlahan, a first-time candidate with military and business experience, has emerged as one of the party’s top recruits, and even GOP leaders have said the race could be a telling one for the national picture….

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Just like those who have served

by Chrissy Houlahan

My dad and grandfather served a combined 58 years in the Navy. I’m so grateful to them.

It is incredibly important to my family and to me to honor the brave women and men who have sacrificed their lives for this country. Not just on Memorial Day, but everyday.

The best way to honor the brave people who have given their lives for our country is to fight for the rights of those who are still risking their lives defending our great nation every day.

That is one of the reasons why I am running for U.S. Congress”. Just like those who serve in our military, I will always stand up and speak out against actions that threaten our core beliefs and priorities.

On this Memorial Day, take a minute to remember and thank the veterans and freedom fighters in your life who have sacrificed. It’s because of them that we get to enjoy living in the greatest country in the world.

Looking to 2018, candidates sprouting this spring

by Dave Davies, Newsworks, 5/27/17

They’re popping up like mushrooms — Democratic candidates for Congress that is, a crop apparently fertilized by the election of Donald Trump.

Though congressional elections won’t happen until 2018, several Democrats have already announced they want to challenge Republican representatives in the Philadelphia suburbs next year.

It’s by no means just a Philadelphia phenomenon.

“Our office has received more unsolicited calls from potential candidates than we ever have in the past,” said Ken Snyder, a Chicago-based consultant who works on races here and around the country.

“Everywhere you look, there are Democratic primaries happening in districts where Republicans have traditionally won by 20 points,” Snyder said. “I’ve been talking to candidates in central Texas where there’s an incumbent who hasn’t been challenged significantly since the ’90s.”

Democratic strategist Mark Nevins said the burst of political activism spurred by the Trump election is real.

“There’s a feeling among Democrats that perhaps they did not play as hard as they needed to in 2016, and now they’re seeing the result,” Nevins said. “They’re not going to let that happen again. So there’s a lot of energy and a lot of passion — and a lot of new candidates running for office.”

A number of potential candidates have emerged to challenge two Republican congressmen in the in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Former congressional staffer and former Cease Fire PA head Dan Muroff is challenging U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional District, along with biomedical researcher Molly Sheehan and tech consultant Drew McGinty.

Also considering a run in the 7th is veteran Montgomery County state Sen. Daylin Leach.

In the 6th Congressional District, Chrissy Houlahan is up and running against two-term incumbent Ryan Costello. Houlahan was most recently chief operating and financial officer for Springboard Collaborative, a nonprofit that seeks to boost literacy among low-income kids.

Democrat Bob Dettorre of Berwyn is also in the race, and the field may grow….

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