Rep. Kevin Boyle's Biography
State Rep. Kevin Boyle has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2010.
He grew up in a Philadelphia row home where he was raised by working-class parents. He graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1998 and from LaSalle University in 2002.
While at Harvard University where he earned his master's degree in education policy, Boyle researched urban education issues, school funding streams, and strategies to expand access to higher education. Much of his research was included in the "Reach Scholarship" bill that his brother, Rep. Brendan Boyle, and Rep. Tony Payton introduced in the House in 2009. The bill's goal is to provide all Pennsylvania students who demonstrate academic excellence with the opportunity to attend college for free.
Boyle worked as an advocate for the Alliance for Children and Families, the nation's second-largest association for family service organizations in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included policy analysis, meeting members of Congress regarding legislation, and organizing member agencies into action on their issues.
Before being elected state representative, Boyle served as Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee's legislative director for three years and helped write some of the city's most impactful new laws. He also worked directly with Councilman Bill Greenlee on the ban prohibiting driving while operating a hand-held cell phone or other electronic devices. It was also his idea to have council pass a law that prevents businesses from firing documented victims of domestic abuse and to provide them with a four- to eight-week period of unpaid leave.
After heavily campaigning on the issue of Negligent Out-of-town Property Owners, he hit the ground running. During his first term he hosted a policy summit on the issue to raise awareness among other Representatives, and introduced the Landlord Enforcement Accountability Database (L.E.A.D.). He also led community leaders in thwarting a proposed methadone clinic run by non-medical professionals from entering the community. He then introduced legislation which would further equip community organizations to combat these for-profit clinics while increasing transparency and insuring that trained professionals operate these facilities.
Having secured his second term, Boyle continues to fight against negligent property owners, and has also worked on legislation that would crack down on house thefts within the city of Philadelphia. He recently introduced legislation limiting the size of firearm magazines one may carry or sell.
His legislative interests include education, law enforcement and economic development.
Boyle is active in local civic organizations in northeast Philadelphia. He is married to Caitlyn Boyle and has a daughter named Keria.