Movita Johnson-Harrell

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Movita Johnson-Harrell
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 190th district
Assumed office
March 25, 2019
Preceded byVanessa Lowery Brown
Personal details
Born1966/1967 (age 52–53)[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania

Movita Johnson-Harrell (born c. 1966) is an American politician currently serving as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 190th district.[2][3] She is the first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[4]


She received an Associates degree in Behavioral Health in 1999. She also received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science in 2002 and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.[5]

Early career[edit]

She worked as supervisor of victim services for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.[6]

She is the founder of the CHARLES Foundation which was established in 2011 after the mistaken identity shooting death of her 18 year old son, Charles Andre' Johnson.[7] The CHARLES foundation (Creating Healthy Alternatives Results in Less Emotional Suffering) is focused on improving the lives of young people, their neighborhoods and reducing gun violence.[8]

Personal Life[edit]

Movita Johnson Harrel was raised in a proverty-stricken home full of alcohol abuse. She received support from welfare and lived in public housing. She began to make social change in order to break the cycle of poverty and violence. [9]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

She was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 190th district on March 12, 2019 during a special election held after Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned due to her conviction on corruption and bribery charges.[10] She was sworn into office on March 25, 2019.[11]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ Stamm, Don. "Historic Win in West Philly Special Election Sees Muslim Woman Claiming Victory in State First". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Movita Johnson-Harrell". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Scolforo, Mark. "Muslim lawmaker offended by colleague's prayer: 'To use Jesus as a weapon is not OK'". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Movita Johnson-Harrell". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ Brennan, Chris. "Movita Johnson-Harrell wins state House special election in West Philly". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Movita Johnson Harrell". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ "The CHARLES Foundation". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ Feller, As told to Madison (2019-04-04). "Her Father and Brother Were Murdered. When Her Son Was Too, She Ran for Office". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  10. ^ D'onofrio, Michael. "W. Philly voters elect Movita Johnson-Harrell to represent 190th Pa. House District". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Johnson-Harrell sworn in, set to begin first term as state representative". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vanessa Lowery Brown
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 190th district
2019 -
Succeeded by