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Pennsylvania State Representative District 200

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Chris Rabb

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Philadelphia
Occupation State Representative, District 200
Qualifications Four-term incumbent for the 200th Legislative District
Campaign Website
X Handle @Rabb4ThePeople
Pennsylvanians face urgent challenges, for which our responses should be rooted in care, equity and shared prosperity. Our public schools need to be fully and equitably funded. I have authored a bill to codify a formula for what a full and fair funding mandate looks like, as well as the Fair Share Tax Plan bill, which could help bridge the $5 billion gap needed for our schools by ensuring the wealthy contribute fairly. Gun violence demands common sense reforms, an end to pre-emption and funding for non-carceral prevention. Gentrification threatens affordable housing; we need more homes and to invest in green retrofits. The climate crisis requires renewable energy investments and carbon neutrality by 2050, for which I have a bill.
We need serious election reforms in PA to strengthen our collective democracy. I have bills to: introduce rank choice voting to reduce polarization and increase voter turn-out; increase youth participation by allowing pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds and instituting same-day registration. I am a strong advocate for realizing incarcerated individuals' voting rights, proposing absentee ballot eligibility and civic education in correctional institutions. Additionally, I have a bill to modernize signature collections and special election procedures, fostering a fairer and more efficient electoral system in Pennsylvania. I believe our elections should be publicly financed.
100% of state education dollars should be routed through the current fair funding formula. However, presently only a fraction of such funds are directed as such because of claims of lack of appropriate funding and the concern that some school districts would take home less for their schools. By enacting my Fair Share Tax Plan bill, there will be much more state revenue from which our schools can be fully funded. But we also need update the funding formula itself to fully comply with the Court’s decision. By ensuring adequacy alongside equity, we can eliminate the zero-sum game where one district's gain comes at the expense of another. This bill understands we have the ability to bring about significant investments to increase the state's sh
Healthcare is a human right and abortion is healthcare. I support safe and reliable access to reproductive care for all birthing people and Pennyslvanians and have fought back against forced-birth extremists every year in Harrisburg. I have been strongly endorsed by Planned Parenthood, five times, and regularly work on and support legislation to expand abortion access and contraception care.

Ideally, Pennsylvania should make bodily autonomy and reproductive rights – inclusive of abortion access – a constitutional right for all its residents.