Mike Schlossberg for State Representative
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About Mike
Improving Schools and Slowing Property Taxes
Protecting the Vulnerable
Protecting Our Democracy
A Bipartisan Leader
Standing Up For All Americans
132nd Legislative District


I'm proud of my values but have always considered myself to be a pragmatist. I am not a political bomb-thrower, but I've sought to build relationships with Republicans in order to bring projects, jobs, and legislation home for the people of the 132nd district.

At the start of this legislative session, I was elected as House Democratic Caucus Administrator by my colleagues. This is a leadership role that allows me to better serve them. More to the point, it lets me better serve you. My leadership slot gives me a microphone. I can use that to advance the issues that are important to my constituents.

  • An Educational Leader: I sponsored the "Level Up" Educational Plan, which invested $100 million in our 100 poorest school districts, including Allentown and Bethlehem. I was asked to push this measure because of my ability to work with both sides of the aisle.

  • A Mental Health Leader: When the Republican Speaker of the House wanted a Democratic partner on a mental health initiative, he called me. I am proud of my ability to work with both sides of the aisle on real issues.

  • A vote for compromise: If there was a compromise vote, odds are, I was a part of it. On multiple occasions throughout my legislative career, I voted for compromises on major issues, including on pension reform, liquor modernization, transportation improvements and multiple budgets. I’ve even voted against Democratic Party leadership, and my own Governor, to make sure that school funding was distributed in a manner which brought funding home to Allentown and Parkland School Districts.

  • Working with Local and Statewide Republicans: Republicans have a majority in the legislature, and that means to get anything done, you have to develop relationships with them. I’m proud to say I’ve done just that. I’ve worked with Senator Pat Browne to bring home money to the Allentown School District. We’ve also partnered on a variety of other initiatives, including purchasing fire equipment for our first responders and a variety of other community development projects.

    In Harrisburg, I’ve worked with Republicans to form the Mental Health Caucus and pass legislation to protect victims, children and first responders.
  • Passing legislation: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has a 110-93 Republican majority, and the State Senate has a Republican majority of 30-20. Yet, in the past year, I’ve passed three major pieces of legislation, including:

    • Protecting College Students: Working with Republican Representatives, I passed a law that would create incentives for all colleges to create suicide prevention plans. This law was done with partners across the state with the specific goal of reducing suicides at college.

    • Protecting rape victims: Before the Rape Victims Protection Act had passed, rape victims were in a terrible situation. Under previous Pennsylvania law, a rape victim who had a child as a result of the rape could only do one of two things: Sue the rapist for child support, or have the rapist’s child custody rights revoked. She could not do both. This was an unacceptable loophole, and legislation which I wrote closed it. My portion of this law allowed a woman to seek child support while terminating parental rights. I am proud to say that the bill was signed into law by Governor Wolf earlier this year.

    • Protecting domestic violence victims: I am the author of House Bill 12, which was signed into law by Governor Wolf in April 2016. That bill does two things. First, it allows a spouse whose spouse had been convicted of a crime against them to get a divorce in 90 days instead of the standard two years. Second, it removes the ability of a judge to mandate counseling when one party had a Protection from Abuse order against the other.

    • Securing children in cars: Working with Senator Browne, I wrote a law which requires children who are two and under to be in a rear-facing childseat; previously, no such requirements existed. Multiple studies show that riding this way makes kids safer, and I'm proud to say, once again, that Governor Wolf signed this bill into law earlier this year.

  • Voting for property tax relief: Property taxes are a major problem for this area, and particularly for Allentown, which has the highest property taxes in the Lehigh Valley. That’s why I’ve worked hard to enact real property tax relief. I’ve voted for legislation which would have increased the rebate in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate, and voted for plans which would have reduced or eliminated property taxes for seniors, disabled adults and veterans. I’ve also voted for record funding for our schools, taking the pressure off local school districts and lowering their need to raise property taxes.

  • How did this happen?

    Easy: I focus on finding common ground, building relationships and working together on issues of mutual concern. As I said before, I’m not an ideologue – I focus on getting things done for the people of my district. That’s how I’ve become one of the more effective members of the House Democratic caucus.


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