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McClinton announces appointment of deputy caucus chairs

(Feb 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the appointment of four legislators to serve in the newly-created role of deputy caucus chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session. The newly appointed deputy caucus chairs are: State Rep. Morgan Cephas, Philadelphia County State Rep. Ed Gainey, Allegheny County State Rep. Frank Burns, Cambria County State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, Lehigh County “As the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the House Democratic Caucus chair, I am committed to ensuring that our new members have the information and mentorship they need to best serve their communities. I also know it is equally important to work hand-in-hand with our experienced members to better meet the needs of all of our constituents. For those reasons, I’m grateful to be joined in this effort by four deputy caucus chairs who represent a cross-section of our caucus in terms of gender, race and geographic location,” McClinton said. In their new roles, the deputy caucus chairs will work closely with the 24 new members of the House Democratic Caucus to provide peer mentoring in areas such as messaging, legislative goals, district office outreach and constituent services. The deputy caucus chairs will also work with McClinton to prepare special informational presentations for legislators and to encourage all members to routinely attend daily caucus meetings Read more


McClinton to host energy forum

(Feb 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia. McClinton is partnering with the 12th District Police Station to help residents learn how the state and other groups can help them save money during the winter heating season. For more information, those interested may call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more


McClinton on Rosa Parks Remembrance Day

(Feb 04, 2019)

Citing the mountain of work still to do, Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton asks the gathered assembly if they have the bravery of Rosa Parks to stand up in the face of fear to fight for equality and civil rights for all people. McClinton honors Mrs. parks with a House Resolution declaring February 4, 2019 as Rosa Parks Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton expungement clinic offers second chance in Delaware County

(Jan 31, 2019)

DARBY, Jan. 31 – In her continuing effort to give residents in her district a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams to hold an expungement clinic. “There are countless people who run into unnecessary roadblocks because of a minor criminal offense and they can’t get a job or buy a home,” McClinton said. “This expungement clinic provided them with the means to gain a fighting chance at a brighter future.” More than 45 people received assistance at the Academy Park High School to have their criminal records expunged. Free legal services also were offered at the event. “I would like to thank Academy Park High School for hosting our clinic and thanks to Senator Williams, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and the Chester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for partnering with me to make it a success,” McClinton said. Local residents who believe they may be eligible for an expungement or would like to apply for a pardon, but were unable to attend the event, are encouraged to contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712 for information. Read more


We must educate our young people about human trafficking

(Jan 29, 2019)

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and you may think this is a problem unique to other countries around the world, but you would be wrong. This epidemic knows no national boundaries – imprisoning millions of people each and every year to a life of indentured servitude, sexual exploitation, violence and fear. Human trafficking doesn’t just take place in foreign countries, dark alleyways, or on Hollywood movie sets. It’s happening right now in the neighborhoods where we all live, where we send our children to school and where we go to work. Human trafficking refers to the sexual or labor exploitation of people by threat, force or coercion. According to the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking globally, with the vast majority of them being women and girls. While victims live in isolation and deplorable living conditions, perpetrators of this abuse rake in millions of dollars. In fact, forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide, and the United States is not immune. In the United States, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2017 – a 13 percent increase in cases compared to 2016. In Pennsylvania, roughly 200 cases of human trafficking were reported to this hotline in 2017, up from 157 in 2016 and 109 in 2014. In 2017, an estimated one out of seven endangered runaways reported to the 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


McClinton: Helping The Community And Working To Stop Illegal Guns

(Jan 17, 2019)

PA state Rep. Joanna McClinton wants to help those who have trouble getting a job due to criminal past, find steady work. She also plans to work with the Attorney General's office in an effort to rid the streets of illegal guns. Read more


Summer jobs - $13.56 per hour – for college students!

(Jan 15, 2019)

PennDOT will again sponsor an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce. These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The pay is $13.56 per hour. If you're interested, you should apply online AND you can also seek a recommendation from my office. If you are seeking a recommendation from me, please contact my office by Feb. 8. Remember, to be considered for this opportunity, you must apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Open Jobs section of the website, even if you have worked for PennDOT before. Read more


McClinton sworn in for 3rd term as state legislator; first as House Democratic Caucus Chair

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her third term representing the 191 st Legislative District. “I am honored to continue serving and representing my neighbors in the 191st District in the General Assembly,” McClinton said. “I will continue fighting for better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics.” Her legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. McClinton was also selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton is the first woman and first African American to serve as the Caucus Chair. “I’m honored by the faith and trust that my Democratic colleagues have placed in me to represent them on the leadership team,” McClinton said. “I’m looking forward to overseeing our caucus discussions and ensuring that Members have the information they need to cast informed votes on the House Floor this Session.” The Pennsylvania House of Read more


McClinton Looks Back At Year, Pushes Forward to a Better Tomorrow

(Dec 14, 2018)

2018 has been a great year for our communities. Together, we passed laws to keep innocent people out of prison, protect domestic violence victims, and offer second chances to those trying to better their lives. You can count on me to continue putting you and your family first in 2019. Read more


McClinton Hosts Holiday Health Expo

(Dec 05, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Joanna McClinton hosted her Celebrate the Season with Seniors Holiday Health & Fitness Expo to ensure that local seniors have the information they need to live a happy & healthy life. McClinton also provided a free lunch for the over 300 attendees and entertainment from local school children. Read more


McClinton to host Senior Health Expo on Dec. 4

(Nov 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Senior Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. “The expo is a free event to provide our wisest neighbors with the opportunity to easily get information about the services and programs available to them in one place,” McClinton said. “We’ll have free health screenings and flu shots, exercise demonstrations, line dancing and door prizes. I hope seniors of the 191st District come out to take advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.” McClinton’s staff and representatives from local and state agencies will be on-site offering information geared toward older adults. Lunch will be served. Read more


West Philadelphia community mobilizes to fight gun violence

(Nov 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – Tired of the endless gun violence, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to host an emergency community meeting to elaborate a plan of action to fight against gun violence in Philadelphia. The elected officials were joined by the Philadelphia Police Department, the state’s Attorney General’s Office, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Anti-Drug Partnership, Every Murder Is Real and Sayre Health Center. “On Wednesday night the community gathered at Anointed Tabernacle of Praise looking for answers after a triple shooting in West Philadelphia injured two teens and an 8-year-old boy,” McClinton said. “And that meeting was the beginning of our healing process. It provided a safe space to express our frustration and it helped craft the first steps to start building a safer community – to come up with solutions together.” Neighbors had the opportunity to voice their safety concerns and ask questions. McClinton, along with community stakeholders, created a plan of action to promote early intervention and move the community towards a zero violence goal. The plan includes: Resource fairs for parents. Activities for affected families and children (gifts, counseling services, mental health services). Block Club/Tenants Association (Ludlow, Millick and 61st streets). Read more


500 families receive turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving

(Nov 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – To enable families to celebrate Thanksgiving, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, in partnership with Saladeen Art, Creative Minds Inspire and Bernard Hopkins, gave away 500 turkeys to families of the 191 st Legislative District. “This is something I like to do annually to give back to the people of my district,” McClinton said. “It's the time of year for giving, and I'm thankful I'm able to continue this tradition. It really was such a joyous occasion. It truly means a lot to see the smiles on these families’ faces.” Attendees had the opportunity to gather information on state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). McClinton said she wanted to thank event sponsors and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more


McClinton Honors Veterans

(Nov 19, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton welcomed local veterans with a resource fair & luncheon in honor of their service and sacrifice for our country. Read more


McClinton honors local veterans at resource fair and luncheon

(Nov 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon on Nov. 15 at Myers Recreation Center. “We need to make sure our veterans are cared for, and that they know how to connect with the resources available to help them live a full, successful life,” McClinton said. “It’s always a privilege to be able to honor and support our veterans. Our local heroes and their families deserve our respect and appreciation. I’m happy to do my part, thanking them for their service.” Over 80 veterans and their families enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, health screenings, and a special presentation for the 2018 honorees. Six local veterans were honored for their bravery with a legislative acknowledgement from McClinton. Resource vendors were on site to provide support and information on benefits available to veterans, including Philadelphia VA Medical Center; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs; Sayre Health Center; USEF Veterans Department; PECO; and Cigna Health Spring. More information on this event or general veterans’ issues and services is available by calling McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Attention Editors: Still photos of this event can be found here . ### Read more


McClinton to join Saladeen Art for Thanksgiving turkey giveaway

(Nov 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will partner with Saladeen Art to provide 500 families in the 191st Legislative District with turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinners. The giveaway will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., 19143. Media coverage is invited. ### CONTACT: Thaís Carrero House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 Email: tcarrero@pahouse.net Read more


McClinton to provide families with a turkey as part of holiday basket giveaway Nov. 19

(Nov 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will partner with Sunshine Market to provide 25 families in the West Philadelphia community with holiday gift baskets, each including a Thanksgiving turkey. The giveaway will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Sunshine Market, 16 S. 60th St., 19139. The media is invited to attend. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more


Photos for SEPTA Key senior ID cards to be taken at Darby Recreation Center on Nov. 20

(Nov 15, 2018)

DARBY, Nov. 14 – Darby-area seniors who need their photo taken for a SEPTA Key senior ID can have their picture taken and applications filed during a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority application day at Darby Recreation Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Darby Recreation Center is located at 1022 Ridge St., 19023. Cards will be delivered by mail. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., and her staff will be on hand during the event to help seniors with state programs and other services. Applicants must bring a photo ID to apply – preferably either a driver’s license or state-issued ID. Seniors can no longer use paper Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards or Medicare cards for SEPTA travel. A SEPTA Key Senior photo ID will be needed to take advantage of free rides on Transit and $1 Regional Rail fares. Read more


McClinton makes history in House Democratic leadership elections

(Nov 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191 st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015. McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber. “It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said. “Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.” All of the Democratic members returning to Read more