Youngblood sworn in for 13th term as state legislator

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., was sworn in today to serve her 13th term as state representative for the 198th District. Additionally, she will continue her service as the Democratic Caucus secretary for the third term, helping to implement strategy and direction for House Democrats for the upcoming session.   

“I am honored to represent the people of the 198th District and to continue advocating for meaningful change,” Youngblood said. “I will continue to push for legislation that puts people first and gives them the tools they need to succeed, from access to affordable health care, to a quality education in our Philadelphia schools and a fair economy for our future. It's all part of the Plan4PA.” 

Youngblood has served as the representative for the 198th Legislative District since 1994. In that time, she has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation on mass transit funding, domestic violence prevention, and public welfare and health services, among others.

Last session, she was a leader in the effort to increase penalties and enforcement against “stop-and-go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods. She also played a critical role in diaper needs awareness, introducing a host of measures aimed at helping families afford the cost of diapers.

Youngblood is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, including 29 women, the largest number of female lawmakers ever in that caucus. She is also joined by 24 first-term House Democrats.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. This is the 203rd legislative session.

Youngblood said her constituents may reach out to her office with state government-related matters. Her Philadelphia office is located at 310 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144 and can be reached at (215) 849-6426.