Arthur L. Haywood III
Arthur L. Haywood III
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 4th district
|Assumed office |
January 6, 2015
|Preceded by||LeAnna Washington|
|Residence||Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Morehouse College|
London School of Economics
University of Michigan Law School
Arthur L. "Art" Haywood is an American politician from Pennsylvania currently serving as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senator for the 4th district. Prior to being elected to the State Senate in the 2014 election, Haywood practiced law and served as a commissioner in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania.
State Senator Art Haywood represents the fourth senate district in Pennsylvania which covers Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, West Oak Lane, Cheltenham, Springfield, Jenkintown, Rockledge and Abington neighborhoods. In the Capitol, since 2015, he has been leading legislation to increase retirement savings with a state management auto-IRA and increasing the use of clean energy by electric companies to 30% by 2030. He is a leading advocate for raising the minimum wage, negotiating and successfully advocating for increased wages for CVS employees in 2018. He has also been a leading advocate for gun violence prevention since 2015, hosting the first Gun Violence Awareness Day in the Capitol and serving as a current member of Moms Demand Action.
In 2018, he led the passage of SB919 which provides emergency transfers to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in public housing, and a change to the PA School Code to require lead testing of water in public schools statewide or a public hearing. Most recently, he worked with the Department of Aging to save taxpayers $2.4 million for the prescription drug program PACE over two years.
He initiated a Mentoring Collaborative with the Urban Affairs Coalition to expand mentoring organizations with youth and brought more than $18 million in state grants for employment and neighborhood improvement. In the 4th District, Art and his staff have served more than 8,000 neighbors through constituent services and outreach events.
Art Haywood was raised by his mother, an educator who instilled within him hard work and the value of an education. He attended public schools and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School. His legal career has concentrated on preserving and creating affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Art has three adult children and resides in Wyncote with his wife Julie of 29 years.
According to the state Senator's campaign website, "low levels of state funding puts a greater burden on local taxes."
Haywood argued that "everyone who's able to work, should work, and receive a decent wage for that work. Without proper wages, parents are less able to provide for their children. Raising wages not only benefits families, businesses also benefit from greater consumer spending."  Poverty pay must be ended in the Commonwealth. Every hardworking individual deserves a living wage and Senator Haywood has been fighting since his time in the state legislature to raise the minimum wage in PA.
Also during the 2014 campaign, based upon the number of gun-related deaths in Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2010, he proposed "restricting access to guns. "
- "PA. 4TH SENATE DIST.: Contender Art Haywood". Philadelphia Public Record. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Toledo native Haywood moves into Pennsylvania state Senate". Toledo Blade. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- "Art Haywood for Senate – Issues". haywoodforsenate.com. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- Art Haywood for State Senate campaign website