|Name||Anthony H. Williams|
|Address||5008-5038 Baltimore Avenue 2nd Floor, Samuel J. Patterson Mercy Wellness Center|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143, United States
|| February 28, 1957
Mar 25, 2010 09:07am
Black - Pro School Vouchers - Married - Straight -
|Info||Anthony Hardy Williams first joined the Pennsylvania Senate in 1998, his second stop in the state Legislature. He began his journey at 31, first winning office as a state representative for the 191st Legislative District. |
The 8th Senatorial District represents the tapestry of the Commonwealth – and nation – with its economic, ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity, stretching across Delaware and Philadelphia counties. His constituents are in small towns such as Ridley Park, suburban enclaves such as Yeadon, and urban communities in South, West, and Southwest Philadelphia.
As a legislator, Williams works to provide opportunities for residents of his district and beyond, with improving consumer protections, educational access, and economic development underlying his initiatives. He remains unafraid to challenge popularly held conventions if such moves will improve the lives of his constituents.
Issues he has tackled include ending unfair insurance credit scoring practices; curbing energy rate hikes; ensuring educational options for residents of Philadelphia; and increasing environmental awareness through pocketbook issues, among others. Williams has authored more than two dozen bills and works to increase political participation and awareness among every citizen of every age. He is an original architect of school reform legislation for Philadelphia and a leader in the movement to expand the pipeline of scientific investigators and entrepreneurs of color in the biosciences industry.
He serves as Democratic chairman of the State Government Committee and is a member of the Education, Banking and Insurance, Finance, and the Environmental Resources and Energy committees, and the Life Sciences Caucus. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and chairs the Black Elected Officials of Philadelphia County, an ad-hoc group encompassing federal, state and municipal politicians of color and the Philadelphia Democratic United Ward Leaders of Color, a group comprised of ward leaders of color who represent various wards within the City of Philadelphia.
A former corporate executive and entrepreneur, the Franklin & Marshall College grad and his wife, Shari, have two daughters, Asia and Autumn.