Sen. LeAnna Washington endorses Margolies for Congress

State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D.,Phila.) on Wednesday endorsed former Rep. Marjorie Margolies in her attempt to win back the U.S. House seat from Pennsylvania’s 13th District that she held two decades ago.

Then known as Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, she lost a reelection campaign one year after providing the decisive vote for President Bill Clinton’s economic plan, including a tax increase, in summer 1993. Margolies now uses her birth name after a divorce.

“While most people remember Marjorie for that one vote, I remember her as a tireless advocate for legislation that made a difference to those whose voices were not always heard in Congress: women forced to choose between job and family now protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, and kids caught in the crossfire who were protected by an assault weapons ban,” Washington said in a statement.

“Marjorie Margolies showed us that one member can make a difference,” Washington said. The veteran lawmaker had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. House, but never pursued such a campaign. The seat will be open next year because the current occupant, Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, is not seeking reelection in order to run for governor.

Washington’s 4th state senatorial district, in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, comprises 20 percent of the 13th congressional district.