Redistricting has left PA-07 largely intact 90.6% of registered voters lived in the old version of the district. Crucially, PA-07 retains its Democratic bases of Allentown and Bethlehem and has a sizable Hispanic/Latino population (13.9% of voting-age citizens). However, the race is rated as a tossup.
Susan Wild’s whole life has been about advocating for fairness and equal justice, whether in her legal practice as Allentown’s city solicitor, or as a congresswoman, where she spends every day working on behalf of her community and making the government work better for Pennsylvanians.
Wild’s opponent, Republican Lisa Scheller, has been endorsed by a member of the national board of the NRA as well as the NRA Victory Fund. No two candidates could be less alike.
As the daughter of an Air Force officer, Rep. Wild moved frequently throughout her childhood both around the United States and across the world. She moved to the Lehigh Valley more than three decades ago to raise her family, and it’s the only place she’s ever truly called home.
Rep Wild graduated from American University in 1978 and earned her Juris Doctor at the George Washington University Law School in 1982.
The Lehigh Valley is where her two children were born and attended public school. It’s where she built a well-respected and recognized legal practice specializing in litigation, medical malpractice, and municipal law. It’s where she became the first female solicitor of the City of Allentown, In 2018, she became the first woman ever to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress, and the only Jewish federally-elected Pennsylvania official.
ON THE ISSUES
Giffords PAC, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, named Susan Wild a Gun Safety Champion. Wild has supported countless lifesaving bills and resolutions, including the Bipartisan Background Checks Act; legislation to close the “Charleston Loophole,” which allows the FBI just three days to perform a background check before a gun dealer can proceed with a sale; and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Rep. Wild supports the passage of federal legislation codifying a woman’s right to abortion. Her opponent, Lisa Scheller, said she supports “criminalizing abortion when there is a detectable fetal heartbeat,” even in cases of rape and incest.
Rep. Wild believes climate change is the existential threat of our time and it must be treated with the urgency it demands. That is consistent with a future of American energy that depends on innovative and climate-forward technologies. She voted to bring America back in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to reduce worldwide carbon emissions, and believes that smart tax policies will incentivize companies to bring low-carbon projects forward.