Senator Art Haywood


Art Haywood was raised by his mother, an educator who instilled within him hard work and value of education. He attended public school and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School. His legal career has concentrated on preserving and creating affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

In the Capitol, since 2015, Art has been leading legislation to increase retirement savings with a state management auto-IRA and increasing the use of clean energy by electric companies to 30% by 2030. He is a leading advocate for raising the Commonwealth’s minimum wage, negotiating and successfully advocating for increased wages for CVS employees in 2018.

In 2015, Art joined with everyday people to hold the first annual Gun Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol, is a member of Moms Demand Action, and is a leading advocate for gun violence prevention. In 2017, Art obtained a permanent African American Trailblazers exhibit in the Capitol. In 2018, he led the passage of SB919 which provides emergency transfers to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in public housing, and a change to the School Code to require lead testing of water in public schools statewide or a public hearing. Art advocated for the passage of the 2015 Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and acquired $400,000 for retiree home repairs in the district. He recently investigated the Department of Aging’s affordable prescription drug contract, which will result in saving Pennsylvania taxpayers $2.4 million over two years. He is currently Democratic Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and sits on the Appropriations, Finance, Intergovernmental Operations, and Judiciary Committees and is Co-Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Reform Caucus.

In the 4th District, Art supported summer reading camps to more than 700 children, initiated a Mentoring Collaborative to expand mentoring organizations with youth, and brought more than $18 million in state grants for employment and neighborhood improvement. He has adopted a no gifts policy in his three offices, ensuring integrity. Through constituent services and outreach events, Art and his staff have served more than 7,000 neighbors.

Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife Julie of 29 years.

Updated May 2019