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, 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 urban communities.
In November 2014, Representative Schlossberg was elected vice chairman of the House Northeast Delegation, a leadership position in a regional caucus dedicated to promoting and improving Northeast Pennsylvania.
Representative Schlossberg has won many professional awards, including the 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).
In November 2009, at 26, Representative Schlossberg became the youngest person ever elected to Allentown City Council. In 2011, he was elected as council vice president, and also served as chairman of the Budget & Finance and Public Works committees. Additionally, he served on the Community and Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations and Rules committees.
Schlossberg is also 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 articles 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's accomplishments on council include: legislation banning the use of hand-held cell-phones while driving in the city, additional improvements to the city's water and sewer facilities, increased funding for the city's critical Risk Management Fund, the creation of free training for small-business owners, and increased penalties for noise ordinance violators.
Representative Schlossberg's government experience includes serving as an aide to former state Rep. Jennifer Mann, where he worked on legislation and provided constituent services that impacted the lives of Allentown residents. He also served as an aide to former Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham.
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.
An active member of his 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's wife, Brenna Schlossberg, is a teacher in the Allentown School District. That have a son, Auron, born in April 2011. Their daughter, Ayla, was born in November 2012. They are homeowners in Allentown.
Representative Schlossberg's legislative agenda includes a strong emphasis on job creation, including enhanced hiring incentives, additional worker training, and expanded small-business loans and grants. His priorities for education include more state funding for basic and higher education, including community colleges and technical training programs. Representative Schlossberg also believes that Pennsylvania desperately needs to overhaul its transportation funding system to allow for the improvement of Pennsylvania's roads, bridges and mass transit systems.
Rep. Schlossberg also 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.
Representative Schlossberg supports heightened public safety, starting with putting more police officers on our streets and increased funding for crime-fighting task forces. He favors good government efforts such as nonpartisan redistricting and campaign donation limits, providing LGBT individuals with equal rights, and safeguarding women's access to health care services, including abortion services.