318, 176: Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia received the highest number of votes than any other member of the U.S. House on November 6. No one of the 435 people who have been elected into the 113rd Congress, which kicked off their first day of session yesterday, received more votes than Fattah. The Congressman from Philly has been the U.S. Representative of the second district in Pennsylvania since 1995.
Fattah’s high vote total can be attributed to several factors. President Barack Obama’s name on the ballot has created a positive turnout bonanza for Democrats just as Republican attempts in Pennsylvania to change voting laws were blocked by the state’s Supreme Court. Those attempted changes to state voting laws likely backfired as voting and civil rights organizations made a concerted effort to educate the electorate and get out the vote.
That Fattah’s opponent, Robert Mansfield, was no match for Fattah, was also a factor. And there is also Fattah. The Congressman, who is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has consistently been able to show he is getting something done through the appropriations process even at a time when he must serve in the minority party in the U.S. House.
“Constituents of the 2nd congressional district cast their ballots for Fattah because they are confident that they have a member who not only works for them but for millions around the country introducing and skillfully working to pass meaningful policyâ€¦. AOTC and GEAR UP, just to name a few,” his office informs.