Joseph Hohenstein

Party: Democrat
Position: State Representative, District 177
Member: Human Services; State Government; Urban Affairs
In office since: 2018
Next Election: 2020
Previous occupations: Attorney; Small business owner
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Contact Information:
4725-27 Richmond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19137  


  • Wants to increase state funding for public schools

  • Advocates for increased oversight of the charter school system

Public safety

  • Supports increasing gun control through requiring background checks for all purchases, closing the “gun show loophole,” and banning assault weapons

  • Supports increasing funding for mental health issues

  • Does not support safe injection sites, but focuses on other services to aid those suffering from opioid addiction

  • Does not support clearing heroin camps, saying that it pushes people addicted to drugs into adjacent neighborhoods

Fiscal policy

  • Supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to inflation

  • Generally is an advocate for government pensions

  • Supports strengthening the rights of unions


  • Supports levying a severance tax on gas drillers

  • Wants to work to address heavy metal contamination

  • Wants to restore and protect waterways

Governance and ethics

  • Supports reforming redistricting to end gerrymandering by placing districting power in the hands of an independent commission, as per Fair Districts PA’s recommendation

Civil rights

  • Supports access to abortions and a full range of reproductive health needs

  • Supports funding Planned Parenthood

  • Supports closing the gender income gap

  • Supports enacting stronger legislation to protect women from violence


  • Serves on the National Amicus Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Was part of the team that sued the federal government after it issued the 2017 travel ban

  • Serves as a faculty member of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law

  • Serves on the board of the Frankford Friends School