Rabb ranked top Pa. legislator by ACLU-PA for civil rights and civil liberties-related voting record

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said he has been ranked No. 1 among lawmakers for his legislative voting record on issues related to civil rights and civil liberties in the ACLU-PA’s recently released Legislative Scorecard. 

“Standing up for the human rights, civil rights and civil liberties is one of my priorities in life – in my role as son, father and neighbor, as well as in my role as state representative, elected to serve the best interests of the people in my community who rely on me to be their voice in Harrisburg,” Rabb said. “Being named by the ACLU-PA as the top lawmaker in the state for my record on how I voted on these critical issues is a tremendous honor, one I share with the people of my district who have entrusted me with the responsibilities of serving them.” 

Elizabeth Randol, legislative director of ACLU of Pennsylvania, commended Rabb’s leadership and encouraged other lawmakers to consider their responsibility when it comes to standing up for people’s rights. 

“State legislators play a critical role in protecting the rights of all Pennsylvanians,” Randol said. “With the highest score in the General Assembly last session on the ACLU-PA Legislative Scorecard, Representative Rabb has shown true leadership in protecting and advancing civil liberties in the commonwealth. As we start a new legislative session, we hope more legislators will work alongside us, especially when it comes to reforming our criminal legal system.” 

Rabb said his family has a history of working to protect civil rights and civil liberties. His aunt, Laura W. Murphy, is the former national director of the ACLU Legislative Office, a post in which she served for 17 years, and his late grandfather, Dr. Maurice F. Rabb Sr. (1902 – 1982), who was a long-time member of the NAACP’s board of directors and prominent civil rights activist in Kentucky, was a co-founder of that state’s branch of the ACLU.