Senator Art Haywood

About

“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.”

“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 was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher who instilled in him the value of hard work and education. He attended public schools and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School.

His legal work includes saving families from home foreclosure, assisting nonprofit organizations to create affordable housing, representing organizations focused on community revitalization through the improvement of education, affordable housing and business development.

Inspired by Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, Art served as a canvassing coordinator in Montgomery County and decided to run for Township Commissioner in Cheltenham. He won and served as President of the Board of Commissioners, he started ‘Sustainable Cheltenham ‘ and enacted a nondiscrimination ordinance based on gender identity or sexual orientation. After five years, he became State Senator for the 4th district.

During his first term as a State Senator, Art held what is now the annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the capitol, offered reading camps for over 400 children, supported the affordable housing legislation that was passed in HBG, helped reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, increased support for independent investigations of police killings, advocated for raising the minimum wage, and got a permanent Trailblazers exhibit of  famous African Americans in the Capitol.

Since taking office, Art and his staff have served thousands of neighbors through constituent services at district offices and community outreach. Art resides in Wyncote with his wife of 27 years, Julie and has three adult children, all college graduates.

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