Rep. Mike Schlossberg's Biography
Before his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Nov. 6, 2012, Mike Schlossberg was employed by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as vice president of member relations and applied technology. In that role, Representative Schlossberg worked with small-business owners helping them navigate the challenges of the economy. He also trained small businesses in how to take advantage of social media.
Before holding that position, Representative Schlossberg worked as a state-certified urban revitalization specialist, helping volunteers, government officials and business owners redevelop and enhance communities.
Schlossberg is a nationally recognized expert in the field of social media and politics. An active social media user, Schlossberg uses the medium to better connect with constituents. He has an active profile on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Vine. Schlossberg became the first member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to hold a Twitter Town Hall for constituents, and has also used Twitter to host caucus wide town halls on LGBT rights and the Pennsylvania budget. Schlossberg has had his work on social media and politics featured in publications run by the National Conference of State Legislatures and in Governing Magazine. He also regularly blogs on the topic.
Representative Schlossberg is committed to a legislative agenda with a strong emphasis on job creation, working to invest in Pennsylvania’s workers, small businesses and communities. He favors good government efforts such as nonpartisan redistricting and campaign donation limits, protecting equal rights, and safeguarding women’s health services, including abortion.
As a state representative, Schlossberg believes the success of Pennsylvania starts with a strong commitment to neighborhood schools and education. Representative Schlossberg has proven to be a champion for the schools in his district, working to increase resources available for students to succeed in the 21st century economy. He has worked for increased investment in basic and higher education, including community colleges and technical training programs.
In 2013, Schlossberg fought for historic legislation to invest in Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and mass transit. He continues to work tirelessly to ensure the Lehigh Valley benefits from those investments, helping to secure over $416 million in transportation commitments for the region.
Representative Schlossberg has proven himself to be an effective legislator working to protect victims of crime and improve public health and safety. He is the author of the Rape Survivor Child Custody and Support Act which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015 to protect victims of rape in child custody battles with their attackers. He has successfully authored and worked to pass laws offering greater safeguards for victims of domestic violence and to improve Pennsylvania’s child car seat safety law. Representative Schlossberg has also worked with Governor Wolf to strengthen Pennsylvania’s immunization laws to improve public health.
Representative Schlossberg serves on the following informal caucuses: Mental Health (Democratic co-chairman and co-founder), Manufacturing (Democratic co-chairman), Career & Technical Education, Early Childhood Education, LGBT Equality, SAFE (gun safety), Vo-Tech and Women’s Health.
In 2009, Schlossberg became the youngest person ever elected to Allentown City Council. In his time on Council, he served as council vice president, was chairman of Budget & Finance and Public Works committees and served on the committees for Community & Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations & Rules. He successfully passed legislation banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in the city, secured improvements to the city’s water and sewer facilities, created free training for small-business owners and increased penalties for noise ordinance violators.
In 2005, Representative Schlossberg graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. While there, he also earned admission into the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Representative Schlossberg continued his education at Lehigh University, earning a master’s degree in political science.
Representative Schlossberg’s wife, Brenna Schlossberg, is a teacher in the Allentown School District. They have a son, Auron and a daughter Ayla. The Schlossbergs are homeowners in Allentown.
In the community, Representative Schlossberg is a board member of the Allentown School District Foundation, the Allentown Jewish Community Center (JCC), Congregation Keneseth Israel, the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, the Cedar Crest College Board of Associates, the nomination committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the National Association of Jewish Legislators and an honorary ambassador for the I’m the Evidence Mental Health Campaign.
Representative Schlossberg has received many professional awards, including the 2016 “Allies in Action Award” from the American Federation for Suicide Prevention, 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Achievement Award from Muhlenberg College, “I’m the Evidence Award” for Mental Health Advocacy, 2009 Downtown Manager of the Year (Pennsylvania Downtown Center), Top 40 Under 40 (American Chamber of Commerce Executives) and Top 20 Under 40 Young Professionals (East Penn Business Journal).