Rep. Michael Patrick Zabel's Biography


State Representative Michael Patrick Zabel was elected as state representative for the 163rd Legislative District in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in November 2018.

Formerly an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia and a teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels, Mike also serves as an attorney in private practice.

Mike is committed to fighting for:

  • Full and fair funding for schools
  • Campaign finance reform, a gift ban for legislators and an independent citizens’ commission to ensure integrity in the redistricting process
  • Property tax relief and gas companies to pay their fair share in taxes
  • Gun safety reform through universal background checks, bans on bump stocks, high-capacity magazines, assault weapons, and restrictions on domestic abusers and the mentally ill from obtaining firearms
  • Strong unions
  • More green space and strengthening the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Solutions to the opioid crisis
  • Justice for all, regardless of gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation

Mike is a graduate of Temple Law, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was elected class graduation speaker. Prior to going to law school, Mike taught Greek and Latin for seven years. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his master’s degree in classics from Indiana University Bloomington.

The eldest of six children, Mike grew up in Havertown where he graduated from St. Denis School and went to St. Joseph's Prep for high school. He sits on the board of the charitable organization SJP Men for Others, Inc.

Mike and his wife, Lauren, and their two children live in Drexel Hill.