Susan Wild

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Susan Wild
Susan Wild, Official Portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
Assumed office
November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)
Preceded byCharlie Dent
Constituency
Personal details
Born
Susan Ellis

(1957-06-07) June 7, 1957 (age 63)
Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Russell Wild
(m. 1981; div. 2002)

Kerry Acker
(m. 2003; died 2019)
Children2
EducationAmerican University (BA)
George Washington University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Susan Ellis Wild (born June 7, 1957) is an American attorney and politician from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A Democrat, she is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. The district is located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, and includes Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. She spent the last two months of 2018 as the member for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district after Charlie Dent resigned in 2018. She is the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress.

Early life[edit]

Wild is the daughter of Norman Leith and Susan Stimus Ellis.[1] Wild's mother was a journalist. Her father served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. She was born in Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany, while her father was stationed there. She also lived in France, California, New Mexico, and Washington D.C.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Wild volunteered on Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign.[2] She graduated from American University in 1978.[3] She earned her Juris Doctor at the George Washington University Law School in 1982.[4] She studied under John Banzhaf.[2] Wild became a partner at the law firm Gross McGinley in 1999.[5]

Wild ran for Lehigh County Commissioner in 2013, but lost.[6] She was appointed the first female solicitor of Allentown, Pennsylvania in January 2015.[7] She served as Solicitor of Allentown starting on January 7, 2015, when she was confirmed by the Allentown City Council.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018[edit]

On December 31, 2017, Wild resigned from office to pursue her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives to succeed retiring Representative Charlie Dent (R) in 2018.[9] Dent's district had previously been the 15th, represented by seven-term Republican Charlie Dent. She won the Democratic Party primary election and faced Republican Lehigh County commissioner Marty Nothstein in the November 6 general election.[10][11] She defeated Nothstein in the general election with 53.4% of the vote.[12][13]

2018 special election[edit]

On the same day, Wild also ran in a separate special election for the balance of Dent's term; he had resigned in May after announcing the previous fall that he would not run for reelection.[14][15] On November 15, 2018, it was announced that Wild had won the 15th congressional district's special election, receiving 130,353 votes to Nothstein's 129,593 votes.[16][17]

There was a closer margin in the special election because that election was under the former 15th district, which had been thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2018. The former 15th had stretched from the Lehigh Valley into heavily Republican territory between Lebanon and Harrisburg, by way of a tendril in Berks County. The new 7th district is a more compact district centered in the Lehigh Valley, and includes a sliver of the Poconos.[citation needed]

Tenure[edit]

Upon taking office, Wild became the first Democrat to represent the Lehigh Valley since 1999. She had two months' more seniority than the rest of the large Democratic freshman class of 2018. She was one of four Democratic women elected from Pennsylvania in 2018. The others were Mary Gay Scanlon, Madeleine Dean and Chrissy Houlahan. The state's congressional delegation had previously been all male.[citation needed]

Wild has been critical of Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, for holding views characterized as 'far-right', 'misogynistic', 'homophobic' and 'anti-immigrant'. In March 2019, Wild and 29 other Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the letter read in part, "Since the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president, we have been particularly alarmed by the threat Bolsonaro’s agenda poses to the LGBTQ+ community and other minority communities, women, labor activists, and political dissidents in Brazil. We are deeply concerned that, by targeting hard-won political and social rights, Bolsonaro is endangering Brazil’s long-term democratic future."[18]

Donald Trump impeachment[edit]

On December 10, 2019, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee advanced two articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump. On December 18, 2019, Wild voted 'Yes' on the first article of impeachment, "abuse of power", and 'Yes' on the second article of impeachment, "obstruction of Congress".[19]

Key Votes: 116th Congress, 2019-2020[edit]

Voted 'Yes' on U.S. House Joint Resolution 46: "Relating to a National Emergency Declared by the President on February 15, 2019." [20] The resolution's purpose was to terminate President Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexican border, which allowed him to bypass Congress and re-allocate funds to build a border wall.[21] The resolution passed in the House on February 25th, 2019.

Voted 'Yes' on U.S. House Bill 1644: "Save the Internet Act of 2019."[22] The bill's purpose was to reinstate Federal Communications Commission rules that would regulate Internet service providers as public utilities. The rules would prohibit providers from offering pricing models that let websites or customers pay more to get faster speeds; prohibit providers from blocking or "throttling" the speed of certain websites; and impose other restrictions how providers may manage their networks. The bill passed in the House on April 9th, 2019.[21]

Voted 'Yes' on U.S. House Bill 4617: "Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act." [23] The bill's purpose was to expand federal regulations and restrictions on online political communications, mandate that social media companies keep detailed records on individuals and organizations sponsoring political ads, require political campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance, prohibit foreign nationals from contributing to ballot initiative and referendum campaigns, increase restrictions on U.S. political campaigns soliciting support from foreign entities, and make it a federal crime to mislead voters about the time and place for voting and qualifications to vote. The bill passed in the House on October 22nd, 2019.[21]

Voted 'Yes' on U.S. House Bill 4: "Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019."[24] The bill's purpose was to mandate that states or local governments must get approval of the federal government before they make changes to voting practices in certain circumstances. This mandate for federal "pre-clearance" would apply to any state that has had 15 or more voting rights act violations in the past 25 years. The mandate would apply to local governments that have had at least 3 voting rights act violations in the past 25 years. The bill passed in the House on December 5th, 2019.[21]

Voted 'Yes' on U.S. House Concurrent Resolution 83: "Directing the President pursuant of section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran."[25] The resolution served to adopt a non-binding House resolution directing President Trump to end military action in or against Iran unless Congress authorizes such action. The resolution passed in the House on January 8th, 2020.[21]

Voted 'Yes' to U.S. House Bill 6172: "USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020." [26] The bill served to renew provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that permit the federal government to collect business records and other information during national security investigations without a warrant. The FISA law allows a federal judge to approve such collections without notifying the target or hearing opposing arguments. The bill would also expand the circumstances that require FISA judges to hear from a government-appointed critic of such requests, and increasing the number of FISA courts. The bill passed in the House on March 10th, 2020.[21]

Voted 'Yes' to U.S. House Bill 6201: "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." [27] The bill's purpose was to mandate that businesses with fewer than 500 employees offer paid sick leave for two weeks, increase federal unemployment insurance payments to the states by $1 billion, provide more federal money for food aid programs, prohibit the Trump Administration from strengthening social welfare benefit work requirements, and provide waivers to insurance companies to give no-cost coronavirus tests, among other things. The bill passed in the House on March 13th, 2020.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • New Democrat Coalition
    • Climate Change Task Force(Co-Chair)
  • Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus
  • House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
  • Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force
  • Freshman Working Group on Addiction
  • Blue Collar Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • Middle Class Jobs Caucus
  • Congressional Homelessness Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
  • Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Anti-Semitism
  • Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care
  • Black Maternal Health Caucus
  • Congressional Baby Caucus
  • House Nursing Caucus
  • Congressional Autism Caucus
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Native American Caucus
  • National Heritage Area Caucus
  • Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
  • Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
  • Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance (CHIA) Caucus
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Bipartisan Public Broadcasting Caucus
  • House Small Brewers Caucus
  • Congressional Candy Caucus
  • Congressional Freethought Caucus

Electoral history[edit]

Democratic primary results (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Wild 15,001 33.3
Democratic John Morganelli 13,565 30.1
Democratic Greg Edwards 11,510 25.6
Democratic Roger Ruggles 2,443 5.4
Democratic Rick Daugherty 1,718 3.8
Democratic David Clark 766 1.7
Total votes 45,003 100.0
Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Wild 140,813 53.5
Republican Marty Nothstein 114,437 43.5
Libertarian Tim Silfies 8,011 3.0
Total votes 263,261 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district, 2018 (special)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Susan Wild 130,353 48.54% +10.52%
Republican Marty Nothstein 129,594 48.26% -10.13%
Libertarian Tim Silfies 8,579 3.19% -0.40%
Total votes '268,526' '100.0%' N/A
Democratic gain from Republican
Democratic primary results (2020)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Wild 76,878 100
Total votes 76,878 100.0
Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susan Wild 195,713 51.9
Republican Lisa Scheller 181,569 48.1
Independent Anthony Sayegh (write in) 0 0
Total votes 377,282 100.0

Personal life[edit]

Wild and her husband, Russell Wild, divorced in 2003 after 22 years of marriage. They have two adult children, Clay and Adrienne. Following her divorce, Wild reunited with her law school boyfriend, Kerry Acker, who remained her life partner until his death on May 25, 2019.[citation needed] She lives in South Whitehall Township, west of Allentown.[2] She is Jewish.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susan Stimus Ellis". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Five things you probably don't know about the Lehigh Valley's first congresswoman – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Veitch, Abbie (February 21, 2018). "Alumna Susan Wild runs for Pennsylvania congressional seat". Theeagleonline.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Baskerville, Jessica (March 5, 2018). "Inspired by her classes, law school alumna runs for House seat – The GW Hatchet". Gwhatchet.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Allentown solicitor plans congressional bid in 15th District – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Susan Ellis Wild to serve as Allentown's next solicitor – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Allentown solicitor plans congressional bid in 15th District – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Sieger, Edward (January 8, 2015). "Allentown City Council appoints new city solicitor". The Express-Times. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Opilo, Emily (November 22, 2017). "Allentown Solicitor Susan Wild resigning as congressional campaign heats up". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "How Susan Wild went from a relative unknown to PA-7 primary winner – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Susan Wild claims Lehigh Valley's Democratic primary for Congress". lehighvalleylive.com. May 15, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Ellis, Niv (November 7, 2018). "Democrat Susan Wild wins House race in Pennsylvania". The Hill.
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Election Results: Seventh House District – Election Results 2018 – The New York Times". Nytimes.com. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Marty Nothstein leads in race to finish Charlie Dent's term – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "15th District candidates set for special 2018 election". lehighvalleylive.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Susan Wild wins special congressional election to finish Charlie Dent's term – The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  17. ^ 69 News (June 23, 2016). "Susan Wild announces victory in 15th district special election". WFMZ. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Brazil's far-right president tweeted out a pornographic video to condemn Carnival". Vox. March 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "Here's how the House voted on Trump's impeachment". Politico. December 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Castro, Joaquin (March 26, 2019). "H.J.Res.46 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Susan Wild". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  22. ^ Doyle, Michael F. (April 29, 2019). "H.R.1644 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Save the Internet Act of 2019". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  23. ^ Lofgren, Zoe (October 28, 2019). "H.R.4617 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  24. ^ Sewell, Terri A. (July 27, 2020). "H.R.4 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  25. ^ Slotkin, Elissa (January 13, 2020). "H.Con.Res.83 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  26. ^ Nadler, Jerrold (June 1, 2020). "H.R.6172 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  27. ^ Lowey, Nita M. (March 18, 2020). "H.R.6201 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Families First Coronavirus Response Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  28. ^ Olson, Laura. "Susan Wild wins special congressional election to finish Charlie Dent's term". mcall.com. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  29. ^ "Democrat Holds Slim Lead In Jew vs. Jew Race For Pennsylvania Swing Seat". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved December 27, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Dent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

2018–2019
Succeeded by
Glenn Thompson
Preceded by
Mary Gay Scanlon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mary Gay Scanlon
United States Representatives by seniority
299th
Succeeded by
Steven Horsford