|Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
January 3, 2019
June 5, 1967
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, U.S.
|Education||Stanford University (BS)|
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Unit||United States Air Force Reserve|
Christina Houlahan (née Jampoler; born June 5, 1967) is an American Democratic politician, engineer, entrepreneur, and former United States Air Force officer. She is the 2018 U.S. Representative-elect for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. Her opponent in the 2018 election was Greg McCauley (R). She is the first Democrat since John Hickman to represent Chester County, Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives.
Personal life and education
Houlahan spent her childhood on various U.S. naval bases across the country, including on Oahu. Her father, Andrew C.A. Jampoler, a naval aviator, left Poland at age four to escape the Holocaust, and became an historian and author.
Houlahan, citing her idols as Indiana Jones and Sally Ride, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Stanford University in 1989, on an AFROTC scholarship. She then earned a Masters Degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.
After graduating from Stanford University, Houlahan spent 3 years on U.S. Air Force active duty at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA. There she served as a project manager working on air and space defense technologies. After leaving active duty for the Air Force Reserves, Houlahan went to work for the start-up sportswear company AND1 as Chief Operating Officer. As part of the employee benefits program the company offered 40 paid hours of community service at a location of the employee's choosing. Houlahan dedicated her hours to working with girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Houlahan became Chief Operating Officer of B-Lab, a non-profit start-up, when AND1 was sold.
Citing a need to experience the problems in the U.S. educational system first-hand, Houlahan entered the lifelong learning program at University of Pennsylvania where she re-took courses in the hard sciences. She enrolled in the Teach for America program and began working as an 11th-grade science teacher at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia. She withdrew from the Teach for America program after one year and joined Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based non-profit focusing on early childhood literacy in underserved populations nationwide. Houlahan served as both President and CFO/COO of Springboard Collaborative before leaving to focus on her political campaign.
U.S. House of Representatives career
Houlahan is one of seven Pennsylvania women running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Houlahan has said that one of the experiences that motivated her to run for Congress was her organization of a bus trip to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017. When asked why she chose to begin her political career by running for Congress and not a lower office, she said, “I don’t have time for that. The stakes are too high, and I think I’m qualified."
Running in Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district, Houlahan was uncontested in the Democratic primary and faced first-time candidate Greg McCauley in the general election, incumbent Ryan Costello (R) having withdrawn from the race. PA-6 is one of the recently redistricted districts as a result of the January 2018 Pennsylvania Supreme Court gerrymandering ruling.
Houlahan ran on a platform that includes healthcare, job creation, and campaign finance reform. Other campaign issues she identifies include education, family issues, and veteran's issues. Houlahan has a strong record of campaign fundraising, with donations totaling almost $3 million so far. She is also endorsed by many organizations, including Emily's List, Human Rights Campaign, Giffords, Project 100, Vote Vets, the Service Employees International Union-PA (SEIU PA) and several other local unions.
On November 6, 2018, Houlahan easily defeated Republican challenger Greg McCauley, garnering 58.8% of the vote. 
Houlahan lives in Devon, Pennsylvania with her spouse of 27 years, Bart, who she met at Stanford. They put on hold their goal of running a foot race in every state before age 50 when she entered the race for U.S. Representative. The couple have two adult daughters.
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