Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta's Biography

Malcolm Kenyatta was elected to serve as state representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, in 2018. He is a product of Philadelphia public schools and a graduate of Temple University and Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government. 

He currently serves as vice chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation and as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention and holds a host of committee leadership positions. As the first openly LGBTQ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. 

As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage and protect workers’ rights, increase access to mental health care, enact common sense measures to address gun violence, and strengthen our digital infrastructure. 

In 2016 and again in 2020, he was elected to serve as a delegate to the Democratic Convention to represent Pennsylvania’s second Congressional District; both times garnering the second-highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and how to make government more accountable to citizens. He was the subject of an award-winning short documentary, ‘Going Forward’, produced by Seven Knot Productions, which premiered on ‘The Atlantic Magazine Selects’ in 2018.