Anthony Williams

Party: Democrat
Position: State Senator, District 8
Chair: State Government (minority party chair)
Member: Environmental Resources and Energy; Law and Justice; Rules and Executive Nominations; Joint State Government Task Force and Advisory Committee to Study the Distribution and Use of Methadone; Legislative Data Processing Committee
In office since: 1999
Next Election: 2022
Previous occupations: State Representative for District 191; PepsiCo executive; small business owner
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Contact Information:
2103 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145


  • Supports charter schools, and helped craft Pennsylvania’s charter school legislation

  • Supports Education Improvement Tax Credits and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits for corporations

  • Does not support increasing property taxes to pay for schools

  • Believe in mayoral and board control of school districts, rather than elected boards


  • Developed the Diversity Apprenticeship Program, which aims to open up access to the labor trades

  • Worked to reform Philadelphia’s property taxes

  • Wants to reduce Philadelphia wage taxes

  • Criticized the Philadelphia soda tax (source)

Criminal Justice and Safety

  • Created the Philadelphia Illegal Gun Task Force

  • Sponsored Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate legislation


  • Proposed legislation to amend the State Constitution in an attempt to end gerrymandering. His proposal is to create an independent committee. (source)

  • In his bid for Philadelphia mayor, supported strong ethics reforms in the City, such as empowering the Inspector General

Other and News

  • Williams is circulating nomination petitions in a bid for the 2019 Philadelphia mayoral race (source)

  • Williams ran against current Mayor Kenney in the 2015 primary, and received $7 million in support from a super PAC advocating for vouchers and charter schools (source same as above)

  • Williams ran for governor in 2010 (source)

  • Williams effectively received his current position from his father, Hardy Williams. In 1998, Hardy Williams announced his retirement several hours before the deadline for nomination petitions. His son, who knew beforehand, already had the signatures needed and was the only Democratic candidate (source)