“I feel it’s not just enough for me to care: I have to act on that caring. And I’ve seen what power there is in leveraging the collective caring of residents willing to join me in making change. I continue to harness the power of collective caring in our community to take actions that will lead to the quality public education, fair wages, and safety our families deserve.”
Art Haywood grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he was raised by his mother, a public school teacher. Instilled with the value of hard work from an early age, Art attended public schools and began working at the age of nine as a delivery boy. He continued to work through his graduation from Morehouse College, where he received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to attend the London School of Economics. After graduating from law school at the University of Michigan, Art began offering legal services to low-income families at Regional Housing Legal Services and Community Legal Services.
Later, Art focused his private practice on representing organizations focused on community revitalization through the improvement of education, affordable housing and business development. He also served as legal counsel to Esperanza, a community development organization in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia.
During his first year as a state senator, Art joined with everyday people to hold the first annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the capitol; offer reading camps for 71 children; reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act; increase support for independent investigations of police killings; and put the NRA on the defensive with a proposal for handgun gun licensing. He was also a member of the Special Committee on Senate Address that heard testimony on whether or not the Attorney General should be removed due to her temporarily suspended law license.
Since taking office, Art and his staff have served thousands of neighbors through constituent services at district offices and community outreach at grocery stores. Prior to his role as a state senator, Art served as a Cheltenham Township commissioner. Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife, Julie.