Art Haywood was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher. She instilled within him the value of hard work and education from an early age. He began working at the age of nine as a newspaper delivery boy.
Art began work as a lawyer at Community Legal Services, saving families from home foreclosure. Thereafter, he worked at Regional Housing Legal Services and in private practice, assisting nonprofit organizations to revitalize neighborhoods. He also served as legal counsel to Esperanza, a community development organization in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia.
He was inspired by the Obama campaign and ran for township commissioner in Cheltenham and won in 2009. His work as commissioner included divesting pension money from gun-makers, starting the Sustainable Cheltenham initiative, and creating a non-discrimination ordinance for sexual orientation and gender identity. After serving as President of the Board of Commissioners, he became State Senator for the 4th district in 2014.
As a State Senator, Art has worked to reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, passed requirements to test for lead in water in Pennsylvania schools, successfully championed legislation to relocate domestic violence survivors living in public housing, and sits on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board.
Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife for 30 years, Julie.
Updated February 2020