Editorial: Women in the House

York Dispatch
  • There will be at least 38 women in the state House in January, out of 203 representatives.
  • Nationally, women composed 24.4 percent of state legislators in 2016.

York County didn't put a woman in the White House last week, but it put several into the state House.

Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, and Dawn Keefer, R-Franklin Township, will join returning Reps. Kristen Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, and Kate Klunk, R-Hanover, in York County's seven-member House delegation.

According to Ballotopedia.org, there will be at least 38 women in the state House in January, out of 203 representatives. That's 18.7 percent, for those keeping track. Nationally, women composed 24.4 percent of state legislators in 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Hill-Evans joins an even more elite group, joining the five black women in the House who were re-elected.

In fact, Hill-Evans is the first woman to represent the 95th District and the first African-American to represent the district, which includes York City, and possibly the first black legislator to represent York County.

To which we say, it's about time. And Hill-Evans is a fine choice for this historic position.

Carol Hill-Evans, smiles after voting at Jackson K-8 Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Hill-Evans was, until last week, president of the York City Council. She came into the House race late after current Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, announced in August he would give up his place on the ballot in favor of becoming president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.

Hill-Evans was chosen by the Democratic party to take the ballot slot on Aug, 18, and in just 80 days she pulled together a campaign, knocking on doors throughout the district and focusing the Democratic party in the city to work toward her victory.

Hill-Evans selected by York Dems to run for 95th House seat

Yes, she was helped by the fact that she wasn't running against an incumbent and that the 95th District was last represented by a Republican in 1984.

Still, her victory is a step forward for African-Americans and for women, a needed bright spot from last week's election.

In her victory speech, Hill-Evans spoke of running a clean campaign with the help of many volunteers and heading to Harrisburg to work for equitable funding for education and increase the minimum wage.

Hill-Evans takes 95th District seat

"We all want success for our children, we all want success for our district," she told a cheering crowd.

Hill-Evans brings a new element of diversity to York County's legislative caucus and to the House in general. She began Election Day by waiting in line to be the first voter at her York City polling space, sporting a red and blue tie that matched her I Voted sticker and toasting fellow voters with her coffee cup.

We hope she will maintain the level of goodwill and energy she brought to her campaign as she begins her new job in Harrisburg in January.