Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione has been selected by her peers to lead the Philadelphia delegation in the Senate.

“As delegation chair, I will have an incredible opportunity to influence statewide policy and ensure that Philadelphia’s needs are addressed,” Tartaglione said.  “There are a great many policy challenges and issues that are important to the city and its citizens that can be resolved if our delegation is united.”

Seven Senate Democrats represent Philadelphia in the 50-member body.  Tartaglione is succeeding Sen. Shirley Kitchen who is retiring at the end of this term.

“I have proudly served the City of Philadelphia for many years,” Tartaglione said.  “I am well aware of the problems and issues it faces, but I am also confident of its future.

“Leading the delegation is a great honor, but it also carries with it tremendous responsibilities.”

Tartaglione was elected to the state Senate in 1994.  She is the long-time Democratic chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.  Previously, she worked as an executive in the state treasurer’s office and was business representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Tartaglione credited Kitchen for her strong delegation leadership over the last several sessions.

“In the next session, Senate Democrats will face a great many tough and controversial issues where strong leadership is needed,” Tartaglione said.  “I hope to keep our delegation together and strong as it works to solve problems and improve lives.”