A fighter for Pennsylvania working families
Mary Gay Scanlon is a dedicated advocate for justice and equality and a champion for Pennsylvania working families. Most recently, she served as the national pro bono counsel at her law firm, leading the practice’s work for nonprofit organizations and low-income clients. Mary Gay previously served as president of the Wallingford Swarthmore School Board and worked as an attorney for the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, among her involvement in other boards and initiatives dedicated to improving children’s lives. Mary Gay lives in Swarthmore with her husband and has three grown children.
An advocate for expanding economic opportunity
As a progressive champion for justice for many years, Mary Gay is committed to fighting on behalf of children, women, families, and others who are underserved. She has led her law firm’s pro bono practice to take on issues such as fair pay, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, and legal services for veterans. Mary Gay has worked to improve the quality of public education. She is fighting income inequality by working to expand opportunities for vocational and technical education and helping to make higher education more affordable. “When I see a problem, I investigate the facts and look for solutions,” she has said.
A victory that made a new seat blue
Mary Gay’s victory made a newly redistricted open seat blue, put an end to the days of Pennsylvania’s all-men delegation, and gave Pennsylvania women a new voice in Washington. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for Keystone State working families.