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February 13, 2016

Pennsylvania: Schwartz Officially Enters Race for Governor

Schwartz will run for governor in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., has officially entered the race for governor, filing paperwork Monday to run against GOP Gov. Tom Corbett.

If Schwartz wins a contested Democratic primary and topples Corbett later in 2014, the five-term congresswoman would be the Keystone State’s first female governor.

“I’m running to be governor, not the ‘first woman’ governor,” Schwartz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But the fact that I am the only woman in the congressional delegation and in a senior policymaking role means people know I can beat the odds. I have brought a different perspective. … It does change the dynamic.”

(Which other members of Congress are running for another office or retiring in 2014? See Roll Call’s Casualty List.)

Her announcement leaves a wide-open race for her suburban Philadelphia House seat. Several Democrats are already running to succeed her in the 13th District.

(See also in Roll Call: Democrats Continue to Line Up for Schwartz Seat)

Schwartz’s aides told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she will transfer the $3.1 million in her House campaign account to her gubernatorial efforts.

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