Rep. Stephen Kinsey's Biography
State Representative Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is a resident of northwest Philadelphia and a product of the Philadelphia public school system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University and a master’s in business administration from Eastern University.
A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2013, Kinsey is a leader in the Democratic Caucus. He served as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session, and currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Equity of the PLBC, as well as chairman of the newly established, first-of-its-kind Bipartisan Caucus.
He also serves as subcommittee chairman of education on the Appropriations Committee, subcommittee chairman of public transportation on the Transportation Committee, subcommittee chairman of health on the Health Committee, subcommittee chairman of drug and alcohol on the Human Services Committee, and a member on the Rules Committee. Kinsey was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as a trustee at West Chester University, and was selected by House Democratic Leadership to serve on the PA Minority Business Development Authority Board.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kinsey took the lead in combatting the spread of the virus across the Northwest Philadelphia community by creating the Northwest COVID-19 Coalition. With Kinsey at the helm, along with local community activists, the Coalition worked to keep residents informed of safety guidelines from the CDC and provided free accessible testing. In the wake of the citywide vaccine rollout, Kinsey, through the Coalition, worked tirelessly to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. The Coalition continues to be dedicated to empowering residents and saving lives.
Kinsey is a strong advocate for equitable education, which was ignited by his own experience of attending public schools. As a pupil, he recognized that education opens doors, leading to upward economic mobility and success. As state representative, Kinsey continues to work hard to ensure that all schools are fairly and properly funded, regardless of geography and ZIP code.
Bolstering Pennsylvania's economy by creating pathways to careers that pay family-sustaining wages, offer benefits and an opportunity for hard-working taxpayers to retire are among his top legislative priorities.
Kinsey believes that affordable health care is a basic human right and should not force a person into debt to pay for care. Kinsey has also introduced legislation that seeks to make health care more equitable, particularly for historically disenfranchised groups.
Representative Kinsey is the proud father of Shawnessa, Lanessa (deceased), Wynessa and Myla. He is actively involved with local schools and community organizations throughout the northwest communities. He is an active member of the historic Divine 9, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., which provides leadership training and mentoring to youth throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.