Divisive opening prayer unbecoming of an elected official

(Mar 25, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, released the following statement following a rambling, overly divisive opening prayer delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today: Read more


Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’

(Mar 25, 2019)

A first-year member of the Pennsylvania House on Monday offered a prayer laden with political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber’s first Muslim woman.Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, said “Jesus” 13 times, “God” six times, and “Lord” four times, as Raging Chicken Press writer Sean Kitchen first noted on Twitter. She also expressed thanks to God that President Donald Trump “stands besides Israel” in a rambling, nearly two minute prayer. Read more


A Diversified Workforce Makes PA Stronger

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined his colleagues to fight for a diversified workforce, stand up for women and people of color, and demand action to ensure they have the best opportunity to succeed as business owners. Read more


Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law

(Mar 15, 2019)

State Rep. Bob Merski, of Erie, D-2nd Dist., hosted the event, which included a job fair.Erie resident Jeff Fox is trying to resurrect his life after serving five years in prison on a third-degree felony conviction for violation of a concealed carry permit. Read more


Lawmakers, advocates come together in call for prison reform

(Mar 06, 2019)

When she was 16, Paulette Carrington went to jail for homicide."I was defending myself, and unfortunately the person died. I live with that everyday," Carrington said. She spent 40 years behind bars before being released two years ago when it was declared her juvenile conviction should not keep her in jail for life. Read more


The Latest Push to Legalize Pot in Pennsylvania

(Feb 19, 2019)

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor has embarked on a so-called listening tour across the state to hear people’s thoughts on legalizing recreation marijuana. Opponents say legalizing recreation weed will negatively impact society. Proponents, though, argue that legalizing the drug will not only positively affect people of color who are disproportionately arrested for possession of pot, but will also generate millions in tax revenue. Read more


Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.

(Feb 11, 2019)

Holding up fingers on just one hand, Jordan Harris can trace back the generations to when his ancestors were enslaved.Belle, the Philadelphia representative’s great-great-great grandmother, was a slave. Mary Phillips, his great-great grandmother, and Ola Wallace, his great- grandmother, were both domestic workers. Read more


Examining Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget

(Feb 10, 2019)

Rep. Harris sits down with Rosemary Connors of NBC 10 to discuss Gov. Wolf's budget proposal. Read more


Harris Commends Wolf's Stance on Criminal Justice Reform

(Feb 07, 2019)

In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, Pa. House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris is commending his dedication to criminal justice reform and investment in our children’s future. Read more


Free college? It would be possible under new Pennsylvania Promise legislation

(Jan 31, 2019)

Pennsylvania legislators are again pitching a proposal to make college free for many low- and middle-income students.On Wednesday, lawmakers reintroduced the Pennsylvania Promise Act, which would create a grant program to cover up to four years of tuition at a state-owned or state-related university or a community college for students with a household income of $110,000 or less. For students whose families earn $48,000 or less, room and board also would be included. Read more


Harris: Pennsylvania Promise provides elevator out of poverty

(Jan 30, 2019)

Citing the negative statistics regarding higher education in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, today joined fellow legislators and advocates to announce the reintroduction of the Pennsylvania Promise initiative in the Capitol Media Center. “The cost of a college education has risen exponentially over the past twenty years, with averages across the country more than tripling,” Harris said. “Over that same time, wages have not grown at nearly the same pace, making a college education unattainable for too many Pennsylvanians.” Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Lawmakers look to reform criminal justice system

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmakers have formed a new caucus that will look for ways to reform the state's criminal justice system.State Reps. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) teamed up to form the criminal justice reform caucus the day after Governor Tom Wolf laid out proposed changes in his second inaugural address last week. Read more


Harris, Delozier team up to form Criminal Justice Reform Caucus

(Jan 21, 2019)

Citing the successful passage of several pieces of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation signed into law during the 2017-18 legislative session, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, last week announced the organization of a bipartisan, bicameral Criminal Justice Reform Caucus to focus on further reforms within the criminal justice system. Read more


Harris Stands Behind New Plan to Put Philly Families First

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined his colleagues with the Philadelphia House Delegation to unveil a new comprehensive plan that addresses poverty, tackles criminal justice reform, and puts Philadelphia families first. Read more


Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more


PLBC statement on Mummer’s Parade

(Jan 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after seeing reports of racist behavior at the Mummer’s Parade: “The issue we are seeing here is a history of controversial characters and portrayals,” said state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, chairman of the PLBC. “The actions of those involved was intended as a form of comedy, but many viewers on the outside of the event believe it was in poor taste. We want to work on educating the public about how these actions can affect those around them, and how we might be able to better work for the future by working together on this parade as a whole community. The PLBC will continue our fight against acts of racism and fight for non-discriminatory legislation that updates the laws to help combat racism and racist behavior. Even if we cannot defeat it altogether, we should have better laws in place to discourage hateful practices and better educate the public.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s blackface or a black face, racial insensitivity has no place in Philadelphia,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., former chairman of the PLBC and House Democratic Whip. “Sadly, this Parade has a tradition of racial insensitivity at best and racism at worst. It’s high time the sponsors and all others involved take a deliberate look at the messages being put forth by the parade. I look forward to joining other Read more


Harris sworn in for fourth term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., took the oath of office to begin his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and first term as the Democratic whip. “I’m honored to have my constituents’ trust to remain their state representative for another two years,” Harris said. “I will continue to stand up for the voiceless and the powerless while expanding on the work that my staff and I accomplished for the 186th Legislative District.” Read more


Harris Recaps 2018 Accomplishments

(Dec 28, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris recaps major victories in 2018 involving criminal justice reform, gun violence safety, and community improvements. Read more


Harris names Bizzarro, Solomon chief deputy whips, Bullock assistant whip

(Dec 28, 2018)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced today that he has named state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., as chief deputy whips and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., as his assistant whip for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more