Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Pam Iovino

Pennsylvania State Senate | District 37
2019:
Win

Pam Iovino is a fantastic candidate whose career has been in public service. She grew up in the Pittsburgh suburbs and went on to pursue a commission in the U.S. Navy—graduating with distinction from Officer Candidate School and earning a Masters degree from the Naval War College. Pam went on to a distinguished 23 year career in the Navy, earning the rank of Captain and, among other roles, served tours as a manpower analyst, Commanding Officer, and Congressional Liaison.

Upon retiring from the Navy, she assumed a Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She then served as the Director of Veterans Services for Allegheny County.

Pam is ready to hit the ground running in Harrisburg. Her policy priorities include increasing funding for public education, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and gun safety.

Read more on Pam's website.

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Why This Race Is Important

To flip PA’s state legislative chambers, Democrats need to win 4 Senate seats and 9 House seats. Momentum is on our side: in 2018, Democrats broke a Republican supermajority in the Senate and flipped a dozen State House seats. We can build on this energy to flip at least one chamber in 2020.

Flipping a chamber would give Democrats a critical seat at the redistricting table, particularly for Congressional redistricting. Republican state legislators have brutally gerrymandered PA’s Congressional districts. And the political commission in PA that draws state legislative maps has also permitted terribly gerrymandered maps. As an example, in 2018, PA’s Democratic State House candidates received 54% of the vote, but only won 45% of the seats. We can prevent this from happening again by flipping a chamber and ensuring that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting.

Flipping a chamber blue is especially important because the PA Governor does not have veto power over state legislative maps. So while Democratic Governor Wolf will be in office during the next round of redistricting, we’ll still need Democratic control of a chamber to have a say in the outcome.

These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected to the PA state legislature in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.

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Sister District Policy Scorecard

This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:

  • We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
  • We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
  • We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
  • Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.
  • We need to protect all members of our diverse community, and ensure that everyone, including the most vulnerable, is treated with fairness, justice, and equality.
  • We need to ensure that districts are drawn fairly and protect the right to vote, so that everyone can have a voice in politics.
Pam Iovino

Pam Iovino

Pennsylvania State Senate | District 37
2019:
Win