Rep. Mike Schlossberg's Biography
Representative Schlossberg is committed to a strong and vibrant Pennsylvania serving the best interests of people, not special interests. He knows what we all know: Pennsylvania works best when workers are paid a fair wage, have good health care, live in a safe and affordable home, and can save some money for education and a secure retirement. Representative Schlossberg is a champion for world-class education, regardless of ZIP code, for all our children through early childhood learning, neighborhood schools and career, technical and higher education. In 2021, he was elected Democratic Caucus Administrator by his colleagues. In prior sessions, Representative Schlossberg was the Chair of the Northeast Regional Delegation.
Since taking office, Representative Schlossberg has proven to be an effective legislator, serving the needs of his district, as well as fighting for the values important to Pennsylvanians. He brought $70 million in new revenue to the financially challenged Allentown School District, a 70% increase since his first year in office. For years, the fight for a Fair Funding Formula to provide equity for Pennsylvania’s community schools remained elusive, but in 2021, Representative Schlossberg introduced his Level Up legislation, a proposal to allocate $100M to the 100 most financially distressed school districts in the Commonwealth. The proposal was adopted as part of the budget signed into law by Governor Wolf, marking an historic commitment to Pennsylvania’s students. In prior sessions, Representative Schlossberg’s proposals to increase mental health services for first responders and Rape Survivor Child Custody and Support legislation were also approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Wolf. He was also instrumental in the transportation funding legislation approved during the 2013-14 session, helping to secure significant investments in the Lehigh Valley’s transportation system.
In 2014, with the death by suicide of Robin Williams in the news, Representative Schlossberg shared his own struggles with depression and anxiety in an op-ed in the Morning Call. His story set forth a very public conversation about mental health and stigma which has become a central focus for Representative Schlossberg. As a result, he has been a keynote speaker at conferences, advanced legislation in the General Assembly and been invited to Washington DC to help Congresswoman Susan Wild’s efforts to enact federal legislation to improve mental health care delivery across the country. Representative Schlossberg was also appointed to the Mental Health & Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and was named Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Force by Governor Wolf.
Representative Schlossberg’s wife, Brenna Schlossberg, is a teacher in the Allentown School District. They have a son, Auron and a daughter Ayla. Born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, Representative Schlossberg moved to Allentown to attend Muhlenberg College. Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, he worked for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, providing assistance to small businesses with technology and social media. He also served as a member of Allentown City Council.