Rep. Darisha Parker's Biography
Darisha K. Parker was elected to serve her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2020. As a native of Northwest Philadelphia, she understands the issues that matter most to the people and families in the 198th legislative district.
With a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bennett College, Darisha is expanding upon her respected reputation as a public relations expert and entrepreneur by using her skills to restore confidence in government through transparency and open communication.
A proud graduate of Germantown High School's magnet program, Darisha understands a quality, public education is critical, which is why she's committed to fully funding Philadelphia schools and connecting its students and teachers with the resources they need to succeed in a safe learning environment.
As an active member of her local Town Watch, she has spearheaded her own grassroots initiatives to protect her communities from violence and help victims of these senseless acts, including a lifesaving effort that led to the secure return of an abducted woman from Germantown.
Working as a legislative assistant for her dedicated predecessor Rosita C. Youngblood, Darisha understands the ins and outs of constituent services and has partnered with community advocates and residents to stop gun violence, reduce the poverty rate and fight to make clean air and water accessible to everyone.
Her other priorities include enacting criminal justice reforms, giving a voice to seniors, preserving parks and recreation centers, and providing affordable healthcare to all Pennsylvanians.