• Jen Porter Working for people like you and me!

A little bit about Jen

Working for people like you and me!

Jen is a teacher that dedicated her career to education. She believes in the power of knowledge and the need to make it a priority. Jen knows that with a quality education, we can address many of the more difficult problems, including poverty, crime, drug addiction, and many other persistent issues.

Jen also believes that healthcare is a basic human right and supports a pathway toward universal coverage. As with so many other human rights, America should set the standard of quality care for our citizens.

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Our mission and vision


The key to solving our most pressing problems

  • Poverty
  • Crime
  • Drug addiction
  • Homelessness
  • Achieving “the American Dream”


Quality healthcare for all.

  • It’s a basic human right
  • Good for American businesses – improves US global competitiveness
  • More efficient value for the cost
  • It reduces corporate welfare

Tax Reform


  • Needed to shore up depleted programs
  • More adequately fund education from birth through college
  • Improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians

Cyber Security

Protect against Cyber Security threats

  • Protect Government information (military, elections, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Protect individuals (financial, health, personal records, etc.)
  • Protect business (financial & other proprietary information, etc.)
  • Protect Utilities (Power generation, water supply, infrastructure operations, etc.)

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  • 1974

    A Career Educator

    Taught in Maryland Public Schools for 31 years at the elementary and middle school levels. Middle school concentration was Math.

  • 2008

    Organizing Democrats at Willow Valley

    Built vibrant group of that meets eight months of the year, often with programs of guest speakers and local elected officials. Energized to help elect Progressive candidates

  • 2008

    Lampeter -Strasburg Connection

    Appointed District Leader for L-S in 2008. Appointed Committee Person in Lakes Precinct in 2008.

  • 2012

    Treasurer for Political Campaigns

    Worked as a treasurer for three state house candidates - John Weigel 2012, Tony Crocamo 2014, Steve Elliott 2016: County Recorder of Deeds candidate Stacy Ritter 2013, a State Senate candidate Greg Paulson 2016-18, Township supervisor Steve Elliott 2017-18 & Democrats Plus at Willow Valley 2014-2018.

  • 2014

    PA State Democratic Vetting Committee Chairperson

    Appointed Committee Chair in 2014 and 2018.

  • 2015

    Milagro House

    I have been a volunteer math tutor at Milagro House since 2015. Milagro House provides education, housing and support services for women and their children who would otherwise be experiencing homelessness.  

  • 2018

    Pennsylvania State House District 43 Candidate

    Won Democratic Primary in May 2018.


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My Values

Saying or writing what one “genuinely feels or believes” is essential to a job of service to others. Authentic, transparent communication when speaking to a voter or a fellow representative is vital to good governance.  To be an effective servant, I must be interested in my audience and let them know of my genuine interest in their ideas and confident that I can assist them directly or find help for them from another source.  My commitment is apparent from more than my words but also from the actions I take.

no nonsense pledge

Political courage can be seen when a politician stands up for deeply held principles, in opposition to a party or a popular governor. It also means standing up for those whose voices carry least in Harrisburg. Those voices, which are often unheard, often have little money. Yet their welfare is just as important as those with big bank accounts who have the ability to help financially with a re-election bid. And political courage means a willingness to sacrifice for the sake of principle, to put the obligations of office ahead of reelection to office. It is tragedy that there isn’t much genuine courage in the current American political environment. Almost every politician today pays pollsters and handlers to craft their messages and market their positions. My convictions prevent me from being less than a concerned, compassionate servant of the people.

An elected official should work to excel in their field and demonstrate the need and interest in learning more and continuously improve. The candidate must prove to their constituents that when the question is asked, an answer will be pursued and found.  It is vitally important to stay in contact with constituents on a regular basis.  Hand-picked town hall audiences and telephone events to speak to voters are a very poor way to effectively communicate. I will remain accessible and available to my constituents!

LSU Forum

As a candidate for PA State House, I have learned a great deal!  I have become more aware of current policies and practices and have observed the business community and its efforts to improve Lancaster County.  I have become more aware of our county’s historical place, its agricultural distinction and of the resourcefulness and hard-working dedication of its people. This new grasp has given me a fresh understanding and provided great insight.

As a candidate I take seriously my responsibilities to improve the well-being and standard of living of my family, my neighbors in Lancaster County and the citizens of PA.  It is important to approach this task with compassion and recognize that the contributions of legislators truly make a difference in every aspect of a daily human life.

On the highest level, service in the legislature provides a chance to support those ideas that have great value to me, to serve a higher cause.  Every human being should have a quality education.  They should have access to excellent, affordable healthcare.  The air and water should be clean for us and for generations to come.  These are reasons to serve, to improve the way of life for all of the citizens of PA.

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Campaign Headquarters
P. O Box 222
Willow Street, PA 17584-0222