Art Haywood was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher. He attended public school and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School.
Art worked as a lawyer taking cases for home foreclosure, and assisted nonprofit organizations to create affordable housing. He also centered his private practice on representing organizations focused on community revitalization through the improvement of education, affordable housing and business development.
In the 2008 Barack Obama for President campaign, Art served as a canvassing coordinator in Montgomery County and got inspired to run for township commissioner in Cheltenham and won in 2009. After serving as President of the Board of Commissioners, he became State Senator for the 4th district.
Since taking office, Art and his staff have served thousands of neighbors through constituent services at district offices and community outreach. Among his advocacy work, Art joined with everyday people to hold the annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the capitol in 2015 and sponsors a bill that requires handgun licensing with fingerprint background checks. He is a leading advocate for raising the minimum wage and equal pay, hosting a January 2018 rally that led CVS to raise their wage to $11 an hour April 2018.
Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife of 27 years, Julie.