Margo L. Davidson
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 164th district
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Mario Civera|
September 27, 1962 |
|Children||Nadar, Joel, Joshua, Rob|
|Residence||Upper Darby, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Temple University|
Margo Lomax Davidson (born September 27, 1962) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 164th Legislative District since 2011. The district includes parts of Upper Darby Township, and the boroughs of East Lansdowne and Millbourne.
The oldest of three children, Davidson was born in West Philadelphia, where she and her siblings were raised by their single mother. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in 1980. The first in her family to graduate college, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Temple University in 1988.
She began her career as a broadcast journalist, hosting a show on WDAS and often covering politics. She also started two non-profit organizations: the Anti-drug and Alcohol Crusaders, which offers programs for children whose parents are struggling with addiction, and the African American Female Entrepreneurs Alliance, which focuses on small business development. She worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign during the 2008 election, traveling as far as Montana to work on communications and marketing for the campaign.
Davidson announced her candidacy for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after longtime Republican incumbent Mario Civera was elected to the Delaware County Council. Civera eventually resigned his state House seat, and Davidson defeated school board member Maureen Carey in the general election. She is the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th district.
Representative Margo Davidson assumed office on January 4, 2011.
After Representative Davidson cast votes --siding against her party on a vote to increase state restrictions on abortion clinics, and who voted with Republicans again to support school vouchers as well as supported a Pennsylvania House redistricting plan that primarily benefited Republicans-- she has been criticized by other Democrats. Also, Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization, has analyzed Davidson's voting record and deemed her voting record "Conservative."
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- "Margo L. Davidson's Political Summary on Issue: Conservative". Project VoteSmart.
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