Mary Gay Scanlon ~ U.S. House, District 5
Mary Gay Scanlon
Mary Gay is a lifelong advocate for many important causes. As a law student, she volunteered at a homeless shelter, and after graduating represented abused and neglected children with the Support Center for Child Advocates. She continued to work for children and families as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Children at Risk and the Legal Rights of Children Committee, and founding member of Philadelphia Legal Assistance. She went on to be a senior staff attorney at the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, where she led two class action lawsuits to enforce the rights of students with disabilities. Mary Gay also served as President of the Wallington-Swarthmore School Board and national Pro Bono Counselor at Ballard Spahr LLP. She has also led civics programs in her children’s schools. In Congress, Mary Gay serves on the House Rules Committee, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, and Vice Chair of thee House Judiciary Committee.
On healthcare . . .
Mary Gay believes every American deserves quality, affordable healthcare. In Congress, she has safeguarded the ACA and co-sponsored legislation to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, encourage generic drug competition, and rethink existing payment models. She is also a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights.
On the environment . . .
Mary Gay supports rejoining the Paris Agreement, but believes we must go further to reduce carbon emissions and put ourselves on a path to provide sustainable, affordable, and renewable energy. She will defend the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act against attacks by the Trump administration.
Plans for Economy
Mary Gay is fighting to invest in infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports, schools, waterways, and broadband. She is also fighting for middle class families and the rights of workers.
Mary Gay believes all students should have access to quality education. She believes in fairly funding our schools and supporting our teachers. She also wants to expand Career Technical Education in order to invest in workforce development and ensure qualified students find rewarding jobs.