Maria Collett

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Maria Collett
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Preceded byStewart Greenleaf
ConstituencyParts of Montgomery and Bucks Counties
Personal details
Born (1974-07-21) July 21, 1974 (age 45)
Athens, Greece
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Len Collett
ResidenceLower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Maryland (B.A.)
Rutgers Law School (J.D.)
Drexel University (BSN)
ProfessionNurse, Attorney

Maria Collett is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who represents the 12th District. Her district includes portions of eastern Montgomery County and southern Bucks County. Collett is the first Greek American Pennsylvania State Senator.

Political career[edit]

In 2018, Collett ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for the election to succeed retiring State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, who had represented the 12th District since 1979.[1] Collett defeated Stewart Greenleaf Jr., Greenleaf's son and a former Controller for Montgomery County, in the November 6 general election.[2]

Committee Assignments[edit]

Collett is the Democratic Chairwoman of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee. She also serves on the Senate Appropriations, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Judiciary, State Government, and Veteran's Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees.[3]


Collett is a member of the Arts & Culture, Autism & Intellectual Disabilities, Climate, LGBT Equality, PA Safe, Rare Disease, and Women's Health Caucuses.


Collett sits on the Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services Council[4], Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts[5], the Asian American Coalition for Healthcare Services Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Children's Health Advisory Council[6], the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council[7], the Special Education Funding Commission[8], and the Suicide Prevention Task Force[9].

Legislative Priorities[edit]

As a State Senator, Collett has focused on the issues of PFAS contamination throughout her district,[10][11][12] nurse staffing ratios,[13][14] the statute of limitations for sexual crimes,[15] gender equity,[16] and firearm regulation.[17][18]


Collett began her career as an attorney representing the interests of children victimized by abuse and neglect as a Deputy Attorney General in Camden County, New Jersey. She then transitioned to a career in nursing, where she worked at the bedside as a Level I trauma nurse, in pediatric home health and in long term care working with aging adults. Most recently, she worked as a nurse educator, helping other nurses understand how to administer Medicaid programs.


Collett attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a BA in English Literature, going on the earn a JD at Rutgers Law School and then a BSN at Drexel University.


  1. ^ Sokil, Dan (May 7, 2018). "No primary challenges in local Pennsylvania Senate races". North Penn Life. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Collett defeats Greenleaf Jr., flips 12th District Senate seat to Dems". Bucks County Courier Times. November 6, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Senator Maria Collett". Senate of Pennsylvania.
  4. ^ "Advisory Council". Montgomery County Pennsylvania Website. Montgomery County of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts". The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Advisory Council". PA.GOV. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  7. ^ "Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council". Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION RECONSTITUTED". Pennsylvania Senate Republicans. Pennsylvania Senate Republicans.
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  10. ^ Hurdle, Jon (24 January 2019). "Pa. might set maximum limits on a toxic chemical in drinking water. Some ask: What's there to decide?". WHYY. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  11. ^ Hardison, Elizabeth (17 April 2019). "What are PFAS chemicals and what is Pennsylvania doing about them?". Penn Capital-Star. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  12. ^ Heinze, Justin (23 April 2019). "How Much PFAS Is Safe? PA Bill Would Lower Drinking Water Limit". Patch. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  13. ^ Hamburg, Daniel (20 March 2019). "Pennsylvania nurses rally for law to set safe patient limits". ABC News. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  14. ^ Caruso, Stephen (22 March 2019). "Rules limiting nursing workload brought back to Harrisburg". Penn Capital-Star. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  15. ^ Heinze, Justin (9 April 2019). "PA Seeks To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Crimes". Patch.
  16. ^ Hardison, Elizabeth (2 April 2019). "It's Equal Pay Day. Here's how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage gap". Penn Capital-Star. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  17. ^ Heinze, Justin (11 March 2019). "The bill would allow local governments to enact ordinances to restrict firearms at facilities they own". Patch. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  18. ^ Hardison, Elizabeth (14 March 2019). "Local officials would be able to ban guns on public grounds under state Senate proposal". Penn Capital-Star. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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