HARRISBURG, Jan. 6, 2015 – State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams pledged today to continue his fight for equality, job creation and policies that help families after being sworn in for his fifth term as the elected leader of the 8th Senatorial District.

“This is a momentous day. It is the first step on a path that, I pledge, will lead the City of Philadelphia, Delaware County and the state, as a whole, to a better place,” Sen. Williams said after taking his oath with fellow Democratic senators who were re-elected or newly elected in November.

“Republicans and members of my caucus said often today that they know we need more bipartisanship and cooperation to straighten our fiscal, educational and community paths,” he said. “I stand with them in that undertaking and I am looking with anticipation to see how it delivers results for all residents.”

Williams will serve the Senate Democratic Caucus as its whip during the 2015-2016 legislative session. He served as its caucus chairman from 2011 until last year.

Sen. Williams has been a member of the Senate since 1999. He was a state representative from 1989 until 1998.

Even though today’s swearing-in session marks the opening of the new two-year legislative session, Williams has already agreed to champion legislation that would bring pay equity, introduce judicial merit selection, and offer a “parent trigger” that helps students get a better education.

He said he is most excited to lead his entire caucus in laying out a college access plan that would provide Pennsylvania students access to college, decrease student debt and jump start the economy.

The General Assembly will return to Harrisburg on Jan. 20.


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