A champion for Pennsylvania working families
Rep. Susan Wild is an experienced community advocate who ran for reelection to Congress to fight for Pennsylvania working families. She grew up in a military family, moving frequently, but found home when she moved to the Lehigh Valley more than 30 years ago to raise her family. An experienced attorney, she has dedicated her career to advocating for fairness and equal justice in her practice that includes health care, civil rights, and employment law. In 2015, the Allentown City Council unanimously confirmed her appointment to serve as city solicitor, the first woman to hold the position, and accountability and transparency increased under her leadership. Rep. Wild has served her community on the boards of her local food bank, regional theater, and Jewish federation. She is the proud mother of two grown children, has one dog Zoey, and supports local animal rescue organizations. She is also the only Jewish member of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation.
A leader working to expand economic opportunity
Rep. Wild is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for all Lehigh Valley working families and to help create good-paying jobs so that communities thrive. She worked tirelessly to help pass the comprehensive relief bill to help lift America out of the economic and public health crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and she fought for and secured $140 million in funding for mental health care for health care workers and first responders. “They need our support now more than ever,” she has said. “This bold legislation will provide a lifeline for workers, families, and small businesses in our community and help forge a path to the other side of this pandemic. I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous good it will do for our country.” She is a fierce advocate for women and families, and champions bipartisan legislation to help meet the demand for quality, affordable child care. “Supporting our child care sector is an absolute prerequisite to rebuilding our economy. Workers cannot return to their jobs—and the U.S. economy cannot fully rebuild—if families are unable to access quality child care,” she has said, noting, “Even before this pandemic, the cost of raising a family in the U.S. was unsustainable.” A Jewish member of Congress and strong voice on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Wild is an outspoken leader on issues of anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semitism and hate are not abstract concepts, but real and present threats, in our nation and across the globe, with lasting consequences,” she has said. “We have an obligation to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our global allies to combat anti-Semitism and all acts of hate.” We need her perspective and leadership in Congress now more than ever.
Victory in a must-win reelection fight
Rep. Wild’s 2018 victory made a newly-redistricted open seat blue, helped put an end to the days of Pennsylvania’s all-men delegation, and gave Pennsylvania women a new voice in Washington. In 2020, she successfully defended it and again in 2022. With so much of our progress at stake, we showed Rep. Wild the full support of the EMILY’s List community and helped keep this champion for Pennsylvania working families in the House.