Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood's Biography

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on April 19, 1994. Throughout her tenure, Youngblood has focused on serving the constituents of the 198th Legislative District by introducing several issue-specific pieces of legislation and sponsoring a variety of community outreach programs and activities.

Educational background:

B.A., Antioch University

In 2011, Rep. Youngblood was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Youngblood left this position in 2015 when she was selected by her peers to be part of the House leadership team as the House Democratic Caucus Secretary. Youngblood was the first black female to hold a leadership post in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s history.

Other positions and membership Youngblood holds in various other organizations include:

  • First Vice Chairwoman, Philadelphia Democratic party
  • Founder of Women for Women
  • First Vice Chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Democratic Executive Committee for eight years
  • Elected President of the National Foundation of Women Legislator in 2008, and sworn-in in 2009
  • Board Member, Lucien Crump Educational Foundation
  • Board Member of (CUES) Creative Urban Education Systems
  • 2000 African American Women
  • Philadelphia Political Congress of African American Women
  • Block Captain of 4600 Block of Morris Street
  • Friends of Fernhill Park

Rep. Youngblood’s community involvement stems from a number of community outreach programs and activities she has hosted, such as:

  • Student college fair
  • Annual Halloween Children’s Fair
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas basket giveaways
  • New Year’s holiday party
  • Women for Women Gulf Relief Effort 2005
  • Various community meetings focusing on senior issues, drugs and violence in Philadelphia, eminent domain and gaming
  • Back to school event

Since Rep. Youngblood has taken office, she has been an advocate in state government for the residents of the 198th Legislative District and all Pennsylvanians through sponsoring and co-sponsoring legislation on the following issues:

  • Kinship Care Program (Act No. 25 of 2003)
  • Mass transit funding
  • Domestic violence
  • Public welfare
  • Employment protection for pregnant and sick employees
  • Health services
  • Distal Arthrogryposis
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Property tax provisions
  • Personal insurance
  • Anti-counterfeiting

Rep. Youngblood is also a member of the following House caucuses:

  • Agriculture
  • Arthritis & Osteoporosis
  • Arts & Cultural
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Early Childhood
  • Legislative Hunger
  • LGBT Equality
  • Lupus
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • PA Charities