A proud Delco resident who grew up in Havertown, State Representative Mike Zabel has lived in Drexel Hill for fifteen years, where he and his wife Lauren are happy to be raising their two young children. Mike is proud to represent Pennsylvania’s 163rd legislative district including Drexel Hill, Secane, Primos, Clifton Heights, Aldan, and parts of Havertown.
The oldest of six children, Mike was raised in Havertown and graduated from St. Denis School before heading to St. Joseph’s Prep for high school and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After earning his Master’s Degree in Classics from Indiana, Mike spent the first seven years of his professional career teaching Latin and Greek at the middle school, high school, and college levels.
Mike went back to school at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he met the love of his life, Lauren. Mike graduated in the top 10% of his law school class (although Lauren did even better!) and was elected class graduation speaker. He then worked as a private attorney, and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Mike currently sits on the board of the charitable organizations SJP Man For Others, Inc. and Grands Stepping Up.
After years of watching politicians in Harrisburg ignore the needs of hardworking Pennsylvanians, Mike decided enough was enough. He was elected to his first term in 2018, and now serves on the House Judiciary, Commerce, and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees. He is also the Co-Chair of Governor Wolf’s Juvenile Justice Task Force and Democratic Chair of the Subcommittee on Parks & Forests.
During his first two years, Mike has introduced and fought for legislation addressing gun violence, protecting victims of domestic abuse, improving electronic recycling, capping executive bonuses for companies that receive public funds, banning a dangerous pesticide, and strengthening worker protections. He looks forward to continuing this work and achieving real results for members of the district—and all Pennsylvanians—in a second term.
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