Rep. Mike Schlossberg's Biography
Before 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 utilized his state-certification as an urban revitalization specialist, working with small-business owners to help them navigate the challenges of the Great Recession. This included providing technical training for small-business owners to grow their businesses. He also served as a member of Allentown City Council, becoming the youngest person ever elected to that office.
Representative Schlossberg is committed to a strong and vibrant Pennsylvania that serves the best interests of people, not special interests. He knows what we all know: Pennsylvania works best when workers are paid a fair wage, have good health care, live in a safe and affordable home and can save some money for education and a secure retirement. Representative Schlossberg is a champion for world-class education, regardless of zip code, for all our children through early childhood learning, neighborhood schools and career, technical and higher education.
He is also working for a strong democracy with nonpartisan redistricting, elections free from the influences of big-donors and easier access to voting rights.
Because climate change is the moral challenge of our times, Representative Schlossberg is a supporter of our constitutional right to clean air and clean water, fighting to hold corporate polluters accountable for their actions.
Since taking office, Representative Schlossberg has proven to be an effective legislator, serving the needs of his district as well as fighting for the values important to Pennsylvanians. Since taking office, Representative Schlossberg has brought $53 million in new revenue to the financially challenged Allentown School District, helping local leaders to avoid teacher layoffs. This session, he has advanced bipartisan legislation to increase mental health services for first responders. In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed Representative Schlossberg’s Rape Survivor Child Custody and Support legislation into law. Thanks to Representative Schlossberg’s efforts to increase vaccination rates in our schools, Governor Wolf closed loopholes that made Pennsylvania one of the most under-vaccinated states in the country.
He also fought for historic legislation in 2013 to invest in Pennsylvania’s roads, bridges and mass transit, helping to secure over $419 million in new transportation commitments for the region because of his leadership.
In 2015, with the death by suicide of Robin Williams in the news, Representative Schlossberg shared his own struggles with depression and anxiety in an op-ed in the Morning Call. His story set forth a very public conversation about mental health and stigma which has become a central focus for Representative Schlossberg. Since 2015, he has been a keynote speaker at conferences, advanced legislation in the General Assembly and been invited to Washington, D.C. to help Congresswoman Susan Wild’s efforts to enact federal legislation to improve mental health care delivery across the country. Representative Schlossberg was also appointed to the Mental Health & Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and was named Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Force by Governor Wolf
Representative Schlossberg serves on the following informal caucuses: Mental Health (Democratic co-chairman and co-founder), Manufacturing (Democratic co-chairman), Career & Technical Education, Early Childhood Education, LGBT Equality, SAFE (gun safety), Vo-Tech and Women’s Health.
Representative Schlossberg is an alumnus of Muhlenberg College (2005, magna cum laude) and Lehigh University. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Representative Schlossberg’s wife, Brenna Schlossberg, is a teacher in the Allentown School District. They have a son Auron and a daughter Ayla. The Schlossbergs are homeowners in Allentown.
Representative Schlossberg is a member of the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board, the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, the Cedar Crest College Board of Associates, the National Association of Jewish Legislators and an honorary ambassador for the “I’m the Evidence” Mental Health Campaign.
Representative Schlossberg has received many professional awards, including the 2019 Legislative Leadership Award from the PA Rehabilitation & Community 2017 National Association of Social Workers-PA Legislator of the Year, 2016 “Allies in Action Award” from the American Federation for Suicide Prevention, 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). Schlossberg’s work on social media and politics has been featured in the National Conference of State Legislatures magazine and in Governing Magazine. He also regularly blogs on the topic.