|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 120th district
January 1, 1991
|Preceded by||Scott Dietterick|
|Born||January 31, 1948
|Alma mater||Bloomsburg University|
|Occupation||Teacher, business manager, community leader|
Phyllis Mundy (born January 31, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and minority chairman of the House Finance Committee. She is a graduate of Kingston High School and Bloomsburg University. Prior to her time in the State House, she was a French teacher, the manager of a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility during the 1980s, was heavily involved with the Junior League, was President of the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the League of Women Voters, and served on the Luzerne County Property tax reform commission in the late 80s.
A current and longtime resident of Kingston, Pennsylvania, Mundy has represented the 120th legislative district of her state since January 1991. Given that the district, at the time, was 60 percent Republican, Mundy's landslide victory was considered a political upset, as was her enormous reelection victory in 1992.
In her two-decade service as a member of the General Assembly in Harrisburg, Mundy has been a vehement supporter of environmental protection laws and state programs to boost early childhood education. She has earned high ratings from the Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group that gave Mundy a 100% rating recently, and AFL-CIO, which consistently gives Mundy high marks for her support of working families.
In her career, Mundy's signature policy achievements include leading successful efforts to pass bills that expanded care for senior citizens, improved the rights of foster children, provided stronger home visitation services for low-income expectant mothers, boosted pre-K education, cut property taxes, and expanded prescription drug coverage for seniors.
At home in the Kingston area, Mundy enjoys broad popular support among voters of both parties in her district. Indeed, in two cases, she has not had a Republican opponent in reelection campaigns, including in 2004 and 2008. Her exceptional constituent service, constant visits in her district to attend local events and festivals, and her close ties to thousands of voters have all contributed to her huge personal popularity. In addition to such attributes, Mundy's policy positions and votes are generally smiled upon by voters in her district. Most notably, her successful effort in 2005 to stop health care cost hikes at Blue Cross Blue Shield for residents of her district and her 2010 proposal for a one year ban on new Marcellus Shale drilling permits both have earned her widespread approval. Nonetheless, it is evident that one political reality has aided Mundy in particular: her district has become increasingly Democratic in voter registration in recent years, reaching 56 percent today. Her hometown of Kingston, once heavily Republican, became mostly Democratic during the late 2000s.
Mundy's popularity has translated into large election victories when she has a Republican opponent. Indeed, in 2000, 2002, and 2006, Mundy won 64 percent, 65 percent, and 75 percent of the vote, respectively. The most recent election in which she had an opponent - 2010 - saw Mundy win an impressive 53 percent of the vote to 32 percent for the Republican and 15 percent for the Libertarian candidate.
Mundy easily won reelection in November 2012 by a 56% to 44% margin.
- "SESSION OF 1991 - 175TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1991-01-01.
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Phyllis Mundy (Democrat) Official PA House website
- Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Phyllis Mundy Official Party website
- Phyllis Mundy for State Representative