Susan Wild

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Susan Wild
Susan Wild, Official Portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th district
Assumed office
November 27, 2018
Preceded byCharlie Dent
Constituency15th district (2018–2019)
7th district (2019–present)
Solicitor of Allentown
In office
January 7, 2015 – December 31, 2017
Preceded byJerry Snyder
Succeeded byDan McCarthy
Personal details
Born
Susan Ellis

(1957-06-07) June 7, 1957 (age 61)
Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Russell Wild (divorced)
EducationAmerican University (BA)
George Washington University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Susan Ellis Wild (born June 7, 1957) is an American attorney and politician from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is the member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. She was the representative of Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district for the remainder of Charlie Dent's term after he resigned in 2018.

Early life and career[edit]

Wild is the daughter of Norman Leith and Susan Stimus Ellis.[1] Wild's mother was a journalist. Her father served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. She was born in West Germany, while her father was stationed there. She also lived in France, California, New Mexico, and Washington D.C.[2]

Wild volunteered on Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign.[2] She graduated from American University in 1978.[3] She earned her Juris Doctor at the George Washington University Law School in 1982.[4] She studied under John Banzhaf.[2] Wild became a partner at the law firm Gross McGinley in 1999.[5]

Political career[edit]

Wild ran for Lehigh County Commissioner in 2013, but lost.[6] She was appointed the first female solicitor of Allentown, Pennsylvania in January 2015.[7] She served as Solicitor of Allentown from January 7, 2015, when she was confirmed by the Allentown City Council, until December 31, 2017, when she resigned from office to pursue her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R) in 2018.[8][9]

In the 2018 elections, Wild ran for the United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. That district had previously been the 15th, represented by seven-term Republican Charlie Dent. She won the Democratic Party primary election and faced Republican Marty Nothstein in the November 6 general election.[10][11] She defeated Nothstein in the general election.[12] When the final precincts were counted, Wild received 53.4% of the vote.[13]

On the same day, Wild also ran in a separate special Congressional 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.[14][15] 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.[16][17] The closer margin in the special election came because it was run under the old lines that had been thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2018.

Upon taking office, Wild became the first Democrat to represent the Lehigh Valley since 1999. She had two months' more seniority than the rest of the large Democratic freshman class of 2018. She was one of four Democratic women elected from Pennsylvania in 2018. The others were Mary Gay Scanlon, Madeleine Dean and Chrissy Houlahan. The state's congressional delegation had previously been all male.

Personal life[edit]

Wild and her husband, Russell Wild, divorced in 2003 after 22 years of marriage. They have two adult children, Clay and Adrienne. She lives in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.[2] She is Jewish.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Stimus Ellis
  2. ^ a b c d "Five things you probably don't know about the Lehigh Valley's first congresswoman - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Veitch, Abbie (February 21, 2018). "Alumna Susan Wild runs for Pennsylvania congressional seat". Theeagleonline.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Baskerville, Jessica (March 5, 2018). "Inspired by her classes, law school alumna runs for House seat – The GW Hatchet". Gwhatchet.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Allentown solicitor plans congressional bid in 15th District - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Susan Ellis Wild to serve as Allentown's next solicitor - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Allentown solicitor plans congressional bid in 15th District - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Sieger, Edward (January 8, 2015). "Allentown City Council appoints new city solicitor". The Express-Times. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Opilo, Emily (November 22, 2017). "Allentown Solicitor Susan Wild resigning as congressional campaign heats up". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "How Susan Wild went from a relative unknown to PA-7 primary winner - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Susan Wild claims Lehigh Valley's Democratic primary for Congress". lehighvalleylive.com. May 15, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Ellis, Niv (November 7, 2018). "Democrat Susan Wild wins House race in Pennsylvania". The Hill.
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Election Results: Seventh House District – Election Results 2018 – The New York Times". Nytimes.com. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Marty Nothstein leads in race to finish Charlie Dent's term - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "15th District candidates set for special 2018 election". lehighvalleylive.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Susan Wild wins special congressional election to finish Charlie Dent's term - The Morning Call". Mcall.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  17. ^ 69 News (June 23, 2016). "Susan Wild announces victory in 15th district special election". WFMZ. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Democrat Holds Slim Lead In Jew vs. Jew Race For Pennsylvania Swing Seat". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved December 27, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Dent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

2018–2019
Succeeded by
Glenn Thompson
Preceded by
Mary Gay Scanlon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mary Gay Scanlon
United States Representatives by seniority
346th
Succeeded by
Steven Horsford