WASHINGTON — DLCC Spotlight Candidate Heather Boyd has won a critical special election in Pennsylvania’s HD-163 – protecting the Democrats’ majority and stopping Republicans from taking control of the chamber. In the face of historic headwinds, Democrats flipped the Pennsylvania House last November and went on to defend their majority with three special election wins after a string of vacancies. Since January, the DLCC has won the majority of state legislative special elections as Democrats continue to outperform in these races. This win follows President Biden’s endorsement of Representative-elect Boyd this week – showcasing the race’s stakes and the importance of this level of the ballot.
“Once again, voters rejected Pennsylvania Republicans’ radical policies, and Democrats will continue to use their majority to hold these GOP extremists accountable for attacking our fundamental freedoms,” said DLCC interim President Heather Williams. “Congratulations to Representative-elect Heather Boyd on her crucial victory tonight, and we look forward to watching her advocate for her constituents in the Pennsylvania House. The DLCC is excited to continue capitalizing on our momentum following our historic midterm performance to build stronger state legislative majorities and expand Democratic power across the map.”
Representative-elect Heather Boyd (HD-163) is a former teacher, founder of Delaware County’s chapter of NOW, and serves as a school board member, where she successfully worked to guarantee a free breakfast and lunch for every student. She is ready to head to Harrisburg to advocate for reproductive rights and fund Pennsylvania’s schools.
The DLCC is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures. Last year, the DLCC defied the odds by not losing any state legislative majorities, flipping four key chambers, and creating four new Democratic trifectas – the best midterm year for the party in power since at least 1934. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and pass the policies that have the biggest impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives.