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Marjorie Margolies

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Marjorie Margolies
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Elections and appointments
Last election1994
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
BirthdayJune 21, 1942
ProfessionPresident, Women’s Campaign International
Campaign website
Marjorie Margolies (b. June 21, 1942) is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Margolies formerly held the 13th District seat in Congress for a single term from 1993-1995.[1]


Margolies is the President of Women’s Campaign International (WCI). She is also an adjunct professor at the Fels Institute of Govnrnment at the University of Pennsylvania. Margolies is a former journalist for NBC and a best-selling author.[2]

Margolies served as the 13th District representative from 1993-1995. She lost her bid for re-election in 1994 due, according to popular belief, to a single vote. Specifically, the deciding vote which enabled the passage of then-President Clinton's tax-increasing budget. The vote contradicted a promise she had made not to raise taxes.[3]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2014 or See also: Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Margolies is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Margolies is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

She filed her candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on May 30, 2013.[4]

Margolies' son is married to Chelsea Clinton. Upon joining the race, Margolies stated that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and doesn’t plan to do so in 2014.[3]

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three Pennsylvania races which are already showing promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

The 13th District seat is currently held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz will vacate her seat in 2014 in order to run for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R)[5] and the race to succeed her has already drawn a number of hopeful candidates.

Among the six Democrats PoliticsPA highlighted as possible replacements for Schwartz, State Representative Brendan Boyle, physician and University of Pennsylvania professor Valerie Arkoosh, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies[6] and State Senator Daylin Leach - all four of whom have launched campaigns - look like strong contenders.[7][8] In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District happens to encompass the entirety of the 107th legislative district, which he has represented since 2009, as well as the entire district of State Rep. Kevin Boyle, his brother. But his local cache may find a formidable rival in former Pennsylvania's 13th District Rep. Marjorie Margolies, the newest entrant in the race. Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton, which portends an uphill campaign fundraising battle for her Democratic primary opponents should she decide to enlist the Clinton family's help. Upon joining the race, however, Margolies said that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and doesn’t plan to do so in 2014.[9]


Hypothetical matchup - Democratic primary race

Democratic primary - U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Poll Marjorie Margolies Brendan BoyleDaylin LeachValerie ArkooshMargin of ErrorSample Size
Global Strategy Group (internal poll)
August 13-15, 2013
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Margolies is endorsed in the Democratic primary by:

  • Former President Bill Clinton - Clinton is headlining a fundraising event for Margolies in April to help her reclaim the seat she lost nearly 20 years ago. In 1993, Margolies cast the decisive vote to pass Clinton's economic policy, which included unpopular tax increases. She was then voted out of office in 1994.[10]
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House Minority Whip from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District.[11]
  • State Rep. Madeleine Dean[11]
  • State Sen. LeAnna Washington[11]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Marjorie Margolies' reports.[12]

Marjorie Margolies (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$0$185,345.00$(25,378.73)$159,966.27
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$159,966.27$237,370.00$(207,279.76)$190,056.51
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$190,056$211,039$(227,228)$173,866
Running totals


Margolies’ son is married to Chelsea Clinton.[16]

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