Among her many accomplishments are:
- Shirley M. Kitchen was elected to the Senator of Pennsylvania on November 5, 1996 and represents the 3rd District. She subsequently won four-year terms in November 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
- The second African-American women to be elected to the state senate, Senator Kitchen serves as the Democratic Chair for the Public Health and Welfare Senate Committee, and since 2005, she has served as Chairperson of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation.
- Senator Kitchen’s crusade on behalf of the poor and the downtrodden has been a long and fruitful one. Raising the state’s minimum wage, affordable healthcare, equal pay for women and increased funding for libraries are just a few of the causes Senator Kitchen continues to champion.
- In 2005, Senator Kitchen sponsored a bill giving Pennsylvania National Guard families top priority in obtaining subsidized child care.
- Senator Kitchen has served as the ward leader for the 20th Ward for over 26 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Antioch University. She also received certificates in economic development, behavior modification and child care from Temple University.
Senator Shirley M. Kitchen, THANK YOU for your leadership, dedication, support and your service to women, veterans, and the entire Philadelphia community and State of Pennsylvania!
Laura S. Reddick
Associate Director for Adult and Veteran Student Recruitment
Temple University Military and Veteran Services Center