Rep. Mike Schlossberg's Biography
Prior to 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, Schlossberg worked with small-business owners helping them navigate the challenges of the economy, and training them on how to take advantage of social media.
Before holding that position, 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, and has written a book on the subject. An active social media user, Schlossberg uses the medium to better connect with constituents. He has active profiles 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 of the National Conference of State Legislatures and in Governing Magazine. He also regularly blogs on the topic.
Schlossberg is committed to a legislative agenda with a strong emphasis on investing in education, improving the commonwealth’s mental health system and protecting the most vulnerable members of society, particularly those who have been victimized by others.
As a state representative, Schlossberg believes the success of Pennsylvania starts with a strong commitment to neighborhood schools and education. Schlossberg has proven to be a champion for the schools in his district by 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 $322 million in transportation commitments for the region.
As a state representative, Schlossberg has also 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 Gov. Tom Wolf in 2015 to protect victims of rape in child custody battles with their attackers. He has successfully authored and worked to pass legislation in the House of Representatives offering greater safeguards for victims of domestic violence and is the primary sponsor on legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s child car seat safety laws. Schlossberg has also worked with the current governor to strengthen Pennsylvania’s immunization laws to improve public health.
Schlossberg serves on the following informal caucuses: Mental Health (Democratic co-chair and co-founder), Manufacturing (Democratic co-chair), 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 the Allentown City Council. In his time on council, he served as council vice president, chaired the Budget and Finance and Public Works committees, and served on the committees for Community and Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations and 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, 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. Schlossberg continued his education at Lehigh University, earning a master’s degree in political science.
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, Schlossberg is a board member of the Allentown School District Foundation, 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 is an honorary ambassador for the “I’m the Evidence” Mental Health Campaign.
Schlossberg has received many professional awards, including: 2015 Benjamin Rush award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, 2015 Minding Your Mind Award for Mental Health Advocacy, 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).