Allyson Young Schwartz (born October 3, 1948) is an American politician and Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania since 2005. Her district (map) includes parts of Montgomery County, and a portion of Philadelphia. Schwartz is the only woman in Pennsylvania's delegation to Congress.
Born Allyson Young in New York City with a brother Neal, and two sisters Nancy and Dayle, Schwartz received a B.A. from Simmons College in 1970, and a Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1972. From 1975 to 1988, Schwartz was the executive director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, a women's health care center in Philadelphia. From 1988 to 1990, Schwartz was acting Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, appointed by former Mayor Wison W. Goode.
In 1990, Schwartz was elected to the Pennsylvania state Senate, representing a district in Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia. She was re-elected in 1994, 1998, and 2002. The district was extended into Montgomery County in the legislative reapportionment of 1991, and Schwartz moved in early 2004 to Jenkintown in Montgomery County, where she still lives. In 2000, she ran in the Democratic primary for the United States Senate seat of freshman Republican Rick Santorum. She finished second behind Pittsburgh-area Congressman Ron Klink, but won Montgomery County and Philadelphia with impressive numbers.
Allyson Schwartz is a member of the New Democrat Coalition and the chair of the New Democrat Coalition Taskforce on Health. In this position, she has actively pushed for the greater use of interoperable and secure electronic prescribing systems throughout the country in an attempt to decrease medical errors as well as costs and liability to providers, health systems and patients.
The following list shows votes by Allyson Schwartz on several bills, nominations and resolutions that have come before the 109th Congress. The list is based on an analysis of the potential impact of the legislation on policy and politics.
|12/06/06||No||Vote 526: H RES 6099: To ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.|
|6/16/06||No||Vote 288: H RES 861: This vote pledged support for the War in Iraq and rejected a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.|
|5/10/06||No||Vote 135: H R 4297: Extended the Bush tax cuts.|
|2/1/06||No||Vote 4: H RES 653: Cut nearly $40 billion from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs.|
|12/16/05||No||Vote 661: H R 4437: This bill would clamp down on illegal immigration and toughen border security. It does not include any new avenue for current illegal immigrants to gain legal status.|
|12/14/05||Yes||Vote 630: H R 2863: Supported a ban on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees held by U.S. forces and to requires the military to follow the Army field manual for interrogations.|
|9/29/05||No||Vote 506: H R 3824: Would have forced the government to compensate property owners if development plans were stymied by attempts to protect endangered species and would have given political appointees more power to make decisions about which species and areas would be subject to government intervention aimed at protecting plant and wildlife.|
|7/28/05||No||Vote 445: H R 6: Offered tax breaks and incentives in what supporters said was an effort to spur oil and gas companies to provide innovative wasy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, conserve resources and reduce pollution.|
|7/28/05||No||Vote 443: H R 3045: Established a free trade zone among the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; a separate agreement with the Dominican Republic was also included in the measure.|
|6/22/05||No||Vote 296: H J RES 10: This vote approved the proposal of a Constitutional amendment to ban the desecration of the American flag. The same bill was later defeated in the Senate.|
|6/15/05||Yes||Vote 258: H R 2862|
|5/24/05||Yes||Vote 204: H R 810: Would have repealed restrictions on federal spending on embryonic stem cell research.|
|3/21/05||No||Vote 90: S 686: Gave federal courts jurisdiction in the Terri Schiavo dispute.|
|1/4/05||No||Vote 6: H RES 5: Instituted a number of changes in the ethics rules that govern the conduct of individual members of Congress.|