Susan Wild has represented PA-07 since 2018 — the first woman ever to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.
An Air Force brat and daughter of a journalist, she was born in 1957 at Wiesbaden Air Force Base in West Germany. She spent her childhood on Air Force bases around the world, and later earned a BA from American University and a JD from George Washington University.
Wild built a successful legal practice in the Lehigh Valley while raising her two children. Her first marriage ended in divorce, the second with the suicide of her husband, in May 2019. Since that personal tragedy, she has been an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention initiatives.
In Congress, Wild serves on the Committee on Ethics (ranking member); the Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Committee on Education and Labor; and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She also co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force and is vice chair of both the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
A few fun facts:
- Wild’s grandmother, Gladys Webster, was among the first female broadcasters in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
- Wild volunteered for Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign for president. Her reward was a little gold peanut on a necklace.
- After her divorce, her ex-husband still canvassed on her behalf.
ON THE ISSUES
- Wild is pro-choice and has been rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
- She voted for a ban on assault weapons in 2022.
She favors expanding federal funding to support social safety net programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.
- She has fought to to lower prescription drug prices.
- She supports anceling student debt and creating a clean eneergy future.