Anthony Hardy Williams, a lifelong resident of West Philadelphia, is serving his fourth term in the Pennsylvania Senate. The former corporate executive and entrepreneur began his legislative service in 1989, first winning office as a state representative for the 191st…READ MORE
Anthony Hardy Williams, a lifelong resident of West Philadelphia, is serving his fourth term in the Pennsylvania Senate. The former corporate executive and entrepreneur began his legislative service in 1989, first winning office as a state representative for the 191st Legislative District. After a decade of service in the state House of Representatives, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1998. His district is the state’s most populous and most diverse, including Southwest Philadelphia and parts of South and West Philadelphia along with all or part of thirteen suburban communities in Delaware County (Collingdale, Colwyn, Darby Borough, Part of Darby Township, East Lansdowne, Folcroft, Glenolden, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Norwood, Sharon Hill, Part of Upper Darby and Yeadon).
As the Democratic whip, Williams plays a leadership role in the Pennsylvania Senate. He also serves on the Banking and Insurance, Education, Law and Justice, Rules and Executive Nominations, and State Government committees, as well as the Democratic Policy and Legislative Data Processing committees. He is a member of the Committee on Ethics and Official Conduct, the Arts and Culture, Life Sciences, Women’s Health, Early Childhood Education, and the PA LGBT Equality caucuses. He also serves on the Joint State Government Commission.
Williams is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, a founding member of the Philadelphia Black Alliance for Educational Options, a board member of the national Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and a founder of the Hardy Williams Academy Charter School. He is a founding member of Neighbors United Against Drugs, an emeritus member of the board of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and an honorary advisory member of the board of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. Williams has served in the past on the boards of directors of SEPTA, Temple University and the West Philadelphia YMCA.
Anthony Hardy Williams is the son of the late State Senator Hardy Williams, outstanding athlete and scholar and “father” of Philadelphia’s independent political movement, and Carole Williams-Green, a former schoolteacher and prominent advocate for science education. His grandmother served as matriarch of this political family, the legendary “Mom” Frances Williams, a longtime community activist, senior citizen champion and mentor to many.
A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Williams resides in West Philadelphia with his wife Shari. They have two adult daughters, Autumn and Asia.