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Allyson Y. Schwartz (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 10/3/1948 (Queens, NY)
Race: White
Religion: Jewish
Residence: Philadelphia, PA
Education: BA in Sociology from Simmons College, Boston, MA; MA in Social Work from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, Bryn Mawr, PA
Occupation: State senator
Office Type: U.S. House -- Pennsylvania District 13 

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Allyson Y. Schwartz is a first-generation American whose mother fled Austria to escape the Holocaust. Her father served in the Korean War, then returned home to become a neighborhood dentist.

After earning her bachelor's degree from Simmons College in 1970 and her master of social work from Bryn Mawr College in 1972, Schwartz worked to bring accessible and affordable health care to Philadelphia residents. In 1975, she helped open the city's first women's health center and served as its executive director until 1988.

Schwartz served as Acting Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services from 1988 to 1990. In November 1990, she was elected to the state Senate, where she has served since.

Schwartz and her husband, David, have two sons and live in Jenkintown.

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Schwartz has won four consecutive terms to the state Senate since 1990. In 2000, she ran in a six-way primary for the U.S. Senate and won 26 percent of the vote for second place.

In a 2004 Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District, Schwartz won with 52 percent of the vote.

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