- Is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval officer
- Earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT
- Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserve
- Served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand
- Founding COO of B-Lab – a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices
- Worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member
- Most recently, Chrissy served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide
- Is the mother of Molly and Carly, 24 and 22, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon
- Chrissy has now been endorsed by VoteVets, Plumbers Local 690. Off the Sidelines, EMILY’s List, and 314 Action.
news from the trail in pa-6
NEW YORK TIMES, 07/05/2017
WASHINGTON — Somewhere on the road between here and Pennsylvania, the idea began to take root for Chrissy Houlahan: “I can’t not run.”
The daughter and granddaughter of Navy pilots, Ms. Houlahan had served 16 years as an Air Force engineer on active duty and in the Reserves. But in January, between conversations on a bus bound for the Women’s March and thoughts about her father, a Holocaust survivor rattled by the presidential election, she felt it was time to serve again.
In April, Ms. Houlahan, 50, who most recently worked as head of a nonprofit organization devoted to childhood literacy, entered the Democratic primary to challenge Representative Ryan A. Costello, a second-term Republican from the suburbs northwest of Philadelphia.
POLITICS PA, 07/06/2017
Democrat Chrissy Houlahan announced her fundraising totals for the second quarter, raising over $432,000. Houlahan ended the quarter with over $383,000 cash on hand.
“I am incredibly proud of the campaign we have run this past quarter,” Houlahan said in a release announcing the fundraising totals.
Philadelphia inquirer, 6/12/17
An influential women’s political group is jumping into one of the most closely-watched congressional races in the Philadelphia area, giving an early endorsement to a Democrat who hopes to capitalize on President Trump’s struggles in moderate territory.
EMILY’s List, which played aggressively in last year’s U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, endorsed Chrissy Houlahan Monday she builds her campaign against the 6th district’s Republican incumbent, Rep. Ryan Costello.
The Chester County-based district is one of a handful of traditionally Republican districts where Trump lost last year, giving Democrats hope that they can use a mid-term backlash to flip the seat and others like it to take control of the House. Houlahan, a first-time candidate with military and business experience, has emerged as one of the party’s top recruits and even GOP leaders say the race could be a telling one for the national picture
POLITICS PA, 5/31/2017
Chrissy Houlahan is announcing the endorsement of Plumbers Local 690 this morning in her run to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester) next year.
“Chrissy’s priorities are clear and we know she will champion Pennsylvania working families in Congress,” Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager John Kane said in a release announcing the endorsement.
nbc news, 5/29/2017
For Chrissy Houlahan, who said she always felt that running for office would be a natural extension of her service in the Air Force, it's all about how her outlook on society has shifted since serving.
It's what helped her connect with the 53 people who got on the bus she organized to the 2017 Women's March in Washington. At the start of the trip down from Pennsylvania, she only knew nine. Now she knows them all, and she's running as a Democrat in the 6th Congressional District.
THE Wall Street JOURNAL, 5/21/17
“There’s a real fiction in our national narrative that the Republican Party has the corner on the market on patriotism,” said Chrissy Houlahan, a former Air Force captain who is challenging GOP Rep. Ryan Costello in a suburban Philadelphia district that Hillary Clinton carried in November.
Republicans are most concerned about growing signs of Democratic intensity. Over the past few weeks, a series of formidable Democratic candidates have announced bids against Republican incumbents. The group includes Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, Jason Crow of Colorado, and Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania. All are running in suburban districts, the kind of areas where Trump’s falling political fortunes could be a weight on GOP incumbents.
Press Release, 4/26/17
"I am deeply disturbed by the recent Republican efforts to gut the healthcare system which would result in less coverage and higher costs for thousands of Pennsylvania residents," said Houlahan. "Under this plan, states can choose to end critical health benefits and allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.”
Lebanon Daily News, 4/11/17
An Air Force veteran with an accomplished background in business has announced she is running for Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District seat.
Chrissy Houlahan formerly unveiled her campaign on Monday, launching a website and wasting no time in blasting second-term Republican incumbent Ryan Costello for his support of President Donald Trump's policies.
“As a veteran and business leader, I cannot stand by while President Trump inflicts damage to our nation," she said. "Unfortunately, Representative Ryan Costello has shown an eagerness to rubber-stamp this Administration’s dangerous social, economic, educational, and military policies.”
Reading Eagle, 4/11/17
READING, PA - Chrissy Houlahan said public service has been a driving force in her career to this point.
She has served in the Air Force, she has been involved with Teach For America and she has worked as an executive for a nonprofit literacy organization. But now she's ready to try something new, she said.
The Chester County Democrat announced today that she's running for a seat in Congress.