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I want to hear from you! — Chrissy Houlahan

Jul 15, 2017

When I’m in Congress, I will go to work every single day with Pennsylvania families in mind. I know a lot of politicians say that, but I actually mean it.

You’ll be able to count on me to make decisions on this sole question: how will this piece of legislation impact the people who live here?

That’s why it’s so important to me to hear from you. Please share your story with me and explain what issues and ideas are most important to you and your family.

You may know my story already, but here it is. This is who I am and why I care about our democratic values and issues:

I grew up a product of the American Dream. Mine is a story that could only happen in America. My father is a Holocaust survivor who came here with his widowed mother when he was a child, and later served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. Because of his Navy service, I grew up in half a dozen states and attended twice that many schools. Despite all that turbulence, my parents always emphasized education and the opportunities a good education could provide.

Thanks to the opportunities and values they provided me, I was able to attend college on an ROTC scholarship and have since had a career that included service in the U.S. Air Force, growing and running three small businesses, and working as an educator. My husband, Bart, and I have also raised two fiercely independent young women.

There is my story, and I would love to hear yours. I believe that if you’re going to represent someone, you can’t just tell them what you think. You have to get out and listen!

Unfortunately, Ryan Costello and other Republicans have lost touch with the simple idea of good governance.

Help me to better understand what is on your mind by sharing your story, thoughts, and concerns with me today:

Listening to you,


Democrats Court Military Veterans in Effort to Reclaim House

By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN, New York Times, JULY 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Somewhere on the road between here and Pennsylvania, the idea began to take root for Chrissy Houlahan: “I can’t not run.”

The daughter and granddaughter of Navy pilots, Ms. Houlahan had served 16 years as an Air Force engineer on active duty and in the Reserves. But in January, between conversations on a bus bound for the Women’s March and thoughts about her father, a Holocaust survivor rattled by the presidential election, she felt it was time to serve again.

In April, Ms. Houlahan, 50, who most recently worked as head of a nonprofit organization devoted to childhood literacy, entered the Democratic primary to challenge Representative Ryan A. Costello, a second-term Republican from the suburbs northwest of Philadelphia.

“I really do believe that we are in dangerous times,” she said.

Ms. Houlahan is among about 20 military veterans who have announced that they will run as Democrats for the House of Representatives next year….

keep reading at New York Times

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….

keep reading at ThinkProgress

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….

keep reading at philly.com