Current Position: US Representative of PA District 7 since 2013
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 7
Government Website – September 22, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the White House’s COVID-19 summit today with leaders from around the world, Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) is leading a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress urging the Biden Administration to donate unused vaccine doses that would otherwise expire to developing countries urgently in need of more vaccines.
With vaccination supplies abysmally low across much of the developing world and with deadlier, more contagious variants like Delta surging across the globe, it has never been clearer that the only way to end the pandemic in our own country is to vaccinate the world. Such a policy would leverage America’s leadership on the world stage—benefitting our allies, partners, and the American people in our shared, global fight against COVID-19. Rep. Wild is joined by House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Chair Gregory Meeks and HFAC Ranking Member Michael McCaul on her letter to President Biden.
Source: Government page
Congresswoman Susan Wild has been a member of the Lehigh Valley community for more than 30 years. Her two adult children were born and raised in the Valley, where they attended public schools. Susan built a successful legal practice while raising her two children and became the first woman to be appointed as Allentown City Solicitor. In November 2018, Congresswoman Wild was elected as the first woman to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Wild has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is committed to fighting for quality, affordable health care for all, an economy that benefits every member of our community, and reforming our political system to return government to the American people.
New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force (Co-Chair)
Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus (Vice Chair)
Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus
House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force
Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
Blue Collar 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 Ukraine Caucus
Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance (CHIA) Caucus
Congressional Humanities Caucus
Bipartisan Public Broadcasting Caucus
House Small Brewers Caucus
Congressional Candy Caucus
Congressional Freethought Caucus
Pandemic Preparedness Caucus
Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM
Phone: (570) 807-0333
Hours: Thursday/Friday 10AM – 6PM
Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment
Foreign Affairs Website: https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/
U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
- Subcommittee on Health, Labor, Employment, and Pensions
Education and Labor Website: https://edlabor.house.gov/
U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Subcommittee on Research and Technology
Science, Space and Technology Website: https://science.house.gov/
U.S. House Committee on Ethics
Ethics Website: https://ethics.house.gov/
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WILD, SUSAN ELLIS has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,870,373.
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Democracy & Governance
Representing the people of PA-07 is an extraordinary privilege, and I am committed to delivering results for our community. As an independent-minded Member of Congress, my focus is on serving all my constituents—regardless of whether they identify as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or none-of-the-above.
Voting Rights and Corruption
We face major challenges related to protecting the integrity of our elections and government institutions. We must defend our elections from foreign interference, protect the right of every citizen to cast a ballot, rein in dark money and special interest influence in campaigns, and ensure our elected officials are accountable to their constituents and serve with integrity.
Jobs and the Economy
Our economy should be structured to benefit all Americans, not just a wealthy few. I am committed to doing everything I can to build an economy in which hard work is rewarded and all workers are treated with respect and dignity.
Ensuring our public safety is a responsibility we all share as Americans. I am committed to supporting our local first responders, law enforcement officers, and health care workers who work every day to keep our community safe.
Foreign Affairs and National Security
I am dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s foreign policy advances our interests, reflects our ideals, builds trust among key allies and partners, and earns the respect of our friends and adversaries alike.
Pennsylvania has one of the highest populations of veterans in the nation, including nearly one million people across the Commonwealth. As the daughter of a servicemember who spent his entire career in the Air Force, I am committed to providing veterans and servicemembers with the care and support they deserve.
Health & Education
Since the start of my career in Congress, I have made it one of my top priorities to fight for high-quality, affordable health care for all. As a nation, we pay the most by far of any country in the world for both medical care and prescription drugs, and yet millions of our people remain uninsured, under-insured, burdened by high insurance premiums, and unable to afford the medicine they need. This situation is unacceptable, and I’m fighting to change it.
As a Member of Congress, I am deeply committed to protecting the programs that our seniors rely on most. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all critical to ensuring our seniors can retire with dignity. I will fight to strengthen these programs and prevent changes that would limit accessibility or negatively reconfigure eligibility.
I am committed to ensuring that every child can access a world-class education, that our teachers and school leaders have the support they need to educate their students, and that every student who works hard and wants to attend higher education is able to afford it.
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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 in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, and includes Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Bangor, and East Stroudsburg. Wild spent the last two months of 2018 as the member for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district after Charlie Dent resigned in 2018. She 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. Wild is the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress.
Wild is the daughter of Norman Leith and Susan Stimus Ellis. Her mother was a journalist. Her father served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. Wild was born at Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany, while her father was stationed there. She also lived in France, California, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.
Early political career
Wild volunteered on Jimmy Carter‘s 1976 presidential campaign. She graduated from American University in 1978. She earned her Juris Doctor at George Washington University Law School in 1982. She studied under John Banzhaf. Wild became a partner at the law firm Gross McGinley in 1999.
Wild ran for Lehigh County Commissioner in 2013, but lost. She was appointed the first female solicitor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in January 2015. She served as Solicitor of Allentown starting on January 7, 2015, when she was confirmed by the Allentown City Council.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. Dent’s district had previously been the 15th, represented by seven-term Republican Charlie Dent. She won a six-candidate Democratic Party primary election with 33% of the vote, narrowly defeating Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, and faced Republican Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein in the November 6 general election. She defeated Nothstein in the general election with 53.5% of the vote to Northstein’s 43.5%.
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. 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.
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.
Wild ran for reelection to a second term. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced former Lehigh County Commissioner Lisa Scheller in the general election. Wild defeated Scheller with 51.9% of the vote, less than was expected.
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, she and 29 other Democratic lawmakers wrote U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a letter that 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.”
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 for the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power”, and the second article of impeachment, “obstruction of Congress”.
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Wild drew some controversy when she said, “Carbon County has many attributes, but it is a county that—although it was once an Obama county—it since has become a Trump county. I’m not quite sure what was in their heads because the people of Carbon County are exactly the kind of people who should not be voting for a Donald Trump, but I guess I might have to school them on that a little bit. But most of all, it is a very rural county.”
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Education and Labor
- Committee on Ethics
- New Democrat Coalition
- Congressional LGBT+ Equality Caucus
- Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
- Black Maternal Health Caucus
- New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force (Co-Chair) 
- Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus (Vice Chair)
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Wild married Russell Wild in 1981. They divorced in 2003 after 22 years of marriage. They have two adult children. Following her divorce, Wild reunited with Kerry Acker, who remained her life partner until his death by suicide on May 25, 2019. She lives in South Whitehall Township, west of Allentown. She is Jewish.
- List of Jewish members of the United States Congress
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- “Brazil’s far-right president tweeted out a pornographic video to condemn Carnival”. Vox. March 6, 2019.
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- “Here’s how the House voted on Trump’s impeachment”. Politico. December 18, 2019.
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- “72 House Democrats Support Resolution to Expel GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene”. CBS News.
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- “Leadership | New Democrat Coalition”. newdemocratcoalition.house.gov. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
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- Congresswoman Susan Wild official U.S. House website
- Susan Wild for Congress official campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Appearances on C-SPAN