HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Martina White’s victory in the 170th State House District Special Election in Philadelphia.
“Congratulations to Martina White on becoming the first newly elected Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based State House District in twenty-five years,” Gleason said. “Martina White’s strong work ethic and background in finance helped Martina to earn the support of the voters the 170th State House District. Martina’s roots in the Northeast, focus on Northeast Philadelphia’s local issues and diverse coalition of support will make her a terrific state Representative and member of the Republican Caucus.
“The Republican Party of Philadelphia has turned the corner with Representative-elect Martina White’s victory today. The hard work of Republican Party of Philadelphia is paying off, and I am confident that tonight’s win will be the first of many victories to come for the Philly GOP.
“I want to congratulate Philadelphia GOP Chairman and State Representative John Taylor, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Majority Leader Dave Reed and all of the volunteers and supporters who helped to make Martina’s victory possible. I look forward to watching State Representative-elect White use her voice to make a difference in her District with the now 120 member Republican House majority.
“In the first election after the Democrats announced their plans to hold their 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia, Republicans have delivered a resounding welcome with a huge win.”
About Martina White
Martina White is a lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia who grew up in Somerton and today lives in Parkwood. She knows who the people she wants to represent truly are: individuals who work hard, put family and friends first, and worry about the future they are leaving their kids.
Martina is a licensed financial advisor who focuses on helping working and middle class families reach their financial goals, be that paying off the mortgage, saving for college, or planning for retirement. She bases her client service philosophy on three core values: trust, accountability, and service — the same values she will bring to Harrisburg as State Representative.
A 2013-2014 National Association of Professional Women “Woman of the Year” award winner, Martina has been a presenter or participant in forums for the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, the World Business Forum, and Pennsylvania Council for International Education among others.
Raised to believe strongly in the value of education, Martina will make improving Philadelphia’s schools a top priority in Harrisburg. She is the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. While at Elizabethtown, Martina earned academic honors, was placed on the Dean’s List, and led the school’s field hockey team as Captain in her senior year.
As part of her college career, Martina also studied overseas at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. She is a Lifetime Member of the National Scholars Honors Society.