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Pennsylvania

Sara Johnson-Rothman

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives | District 151
2018:
Loss

After graduating early from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Sara moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University – Beasley School of Law. At Temple Law, she honed trial advocacy skills that led her to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office (“DAO”). After completing an internship in 2004 and subsequently graduating Temple Law the following year, Sara joined the Bucks DAO as an Assistant District Attorney.

In December 2017, Sara was elected as the Vice President of the Upper Dublin School Board. She serves on the District’s contract negotiating teams (UDEA, UDESPA, Act 93), chairs the Policy Committee, and is a member of the Operations Committee. Under her leadership, the School District of Upper Dublin updated hundreds of policies and administrative regulations as well as expanding its anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies for both students and employees to include gender identity and gender expression, and adopting a policy protecting transgender and gender expansive students.

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On The Issues

Corporate loopholes must be closed and recurring revenue streams must be created. Pennsylvania is the only state that is a major supplier of natural gas yet is without a severance tax. We must implement a severance tax on the gas industry as well as close the “Delaware Loophole” while reducing the corporate income tax to insure that all companies pay their fair share of taxes. We must increase the minimum wage to a living wage and work to reduce Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate. By investing in infrastructure, jobs will be created, businesses will benefit, tax revenue is increase, and our Commonwealth will be literally strengthened for the present and future.

Sara will support the residents of Horsham Township and the Horsham Water & Sewer Authority in their plans to reduce per-fluorinated compound levels and work with our federal officials including US Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Brendan Boyle to hold the federal government accountable for the contamination.

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.

 Paid for by the Sister District Project, Inc.

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.
Sara Johnson-Rothman

Sara Johnson-Rothman

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives | District 151
2018:
Loss

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