Malcolm Kenyatta (WHYY)

Candidate for U.S. Senate

Currently the PA State Representative for the 181st District

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Delegation, as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention, and on a host of committee leadership positions. As the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage, protect workers’ rights, increase access to mental healthcare, stem the rise of gun violence, and protect our digital infrastructure. In 2016 and in 2020, he was elected as Delegate to the Democratic Convention, both times garnering the second-highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and making government more accountable to citizens. He was the subject of an award-winning short documentary about his election run, ‘Going Forward’ produced by Seven Knot Productions, which premiered on ‘The Atlantic Magazine Selects’ in 2018. In 2020, he was chosen by President Joe Biden to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention along with a group of other ‘Rising Stars.’ He was one of twenty Electoral College votes cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in Harrisburg on December 14, 2020. Malcolm was deeply involved in fighting for his neighbors from a young age—as a community activist and junior block captain, a former board member of Smith Playground, and a leader of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. 

 Malcolm is running for U.S. Senate because he believes that we need a government that is actually going to work for working people. Malcolm was raised in a poor, working-class household in Philadelphia. Even though his parents worked hard, they still had trouble keeping a roof over their heads and affording medications to stay healthy. Malcolm will take that lived experience to the Senate and fight for policies that will make people’s lives better: More affordable healthcare for everybody, cheaper prescription drugs, a democracy free of corruption and influence, a fair justice system, a $15 minimum wage, and a sustainable climate and cleaner environment through good union jobs.

(from malcomkenyatta.com)

Photo Credit: Tom MacDonald,  WHYY

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