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Pennsylvania - 13th District

Incumbent -- Allyson Y. Schwartz (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

With its residents nearly evenly divided between Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, the 13th combines white-collar suburbia with a portion of the city known for its blue-collar grit. The district extends northwest from the Delaware River in the city into northern Montgomery County suburbs and eventually out into more rural areas near the county's western border.

Prescription drugs and health care are big issues in the district, thanks to a large senior citizen population in Northeast Philadelphia. Education also draws attention, as Philadelphia public schools are in worse shape than Montgomery County schools. Public housing, home values and energy issues also are of concern to residents.

Many shopping centers, strip malls, health care and pharmaceutical firms, and small businesses are found throughout Northeast Philadelphia. But that diversification has not insulated the area from layoffs in the city and more affluent Montgomery County. The 2005 round of military base realignments ordered Naval Air Station Willow Grove closed by 2011. The state plans to redevelop at least part of the base into a homeland security and emergency preparedness facility and maintain an operating airfield at the site. The district also includes Philadelphia Northeast Airport, a general aviation airport.

The 13th's portion of Philadelphia strongly favors Democratic candidates. The Montgomery County parts of the district are more competitive -- Democrats have still enjoyed an advantage in recent statewide and federal races, but many areas are represented by Republicans at the local level. Overall, Democrat Barack Obama took 59 percent of the district's vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Major Industry

Health and business services, chemicals

Cities

Philadelphia (pt.), 317,996; Lansdale, 16,269

Notable

Pennypack Park, known as the green heart of Northeast Philadelphia, is home to the Pennypack Bridge -- a stone bridge that has been in use since 1697.

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