Philadelphia, – January 28, 2011 – State Senate Democrats have chosen Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) to serve as Democratic Whip.

Having previously served as Democratic Caucus Chair, Williams now assumes the second highest ranking position in caucus leadership. Williams succeeds Sen. Michael A. O’Pake (D-Berks) who died in December.

Williams listed his legislative priorities as improving the state’s economy, protecting our natural environment and providing a quality education for all of our children.

“I appreciate this vote of confidence from my Democratic colleagues,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with them, as well as with Senate Republicans and Governor Corbett, to resolve the serious issues facing our Commonwealth.”

First elected to the Senate in 1998, after having served five two-year terms in the state House of Representatives, Williams represents the 8th Senatorial District, including Southwest Philadelphia and parts of South and West Philadelphia along with 12 suburban communities in Delaware County (Collingdale, Colwyn, Darby Borough, part of Darby Township, Folcroft, Glenolden, Lansdowne, Norwood, Prospect Park, Ridley Park, Sharon Hill and Yeadon).


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