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 generalMay 20, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
BirthdayJune 21, 1942
ProfessionAdjunct faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania, journalist, activist
Personal website
Campaign website
Marjorie Margolies (b. June 21, 1942) is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

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


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.[2]

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.[2]



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.[3]

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races that were showing early 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).[4]

PoliticsPA highlighted six Democrats as possible replacements for Schwartz: state Representative Brendan Boyle, physician and University of Pennsylvania professor Valerie Arkoosh, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies and state Senator Daylin Leach.[5][6][7] In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District encompasses 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; however, there was expected to be a formidable rival in former Pennsylvania's 13th District Rep. Marjorie Margolies. Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton, which many predicted to cause an uphill campaign fundraising battle for her Democratic primary opponents. Upon joining the race, however, Margolies said that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and would not do so in 2014.[8]

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
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Margolies is endorsed in the Democratic primary by:

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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Marjorie Margolies' reports.[10]

Marjorie Margolies (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2013$0$185,345$(25,378)$159,966
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