The Philadelphia Public Record and its sister publication, the South Philadelphia Public Record, this week announced State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has been named to receive the newspapers’ annual award as Public Servant of the Year 2013.
Sen. Williams joins a prestigious list of honorees since the Award was initiated 12 years ago. They include Carl Greene, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Joseph Egan, Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione, Congressman Bob Brady, Speaker John Perzel, Carpenters’ Business Manager Ed Coryell, Joseph Vento, Mike Fera, LDC’s Sam Staten, Sr. and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.
In this time when public, charter, and private schools are facing tremendous financial problems, it was obvious to the Nomination Board Williams’ fierce advocacy for quality education and school choice has become a source of hope for parents throughout the Commonwealth.
He was sworn in to represent the 191st Legislative Dist. in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1989. In 1998, Williams’ father, Pennsylvania State Senator Hardy Williams, retired hours before the deadline to file nominating petitions, allowing Anthony the opportunity to run unopposed for his father’s 8th Senatorial Dist. seat. The younger Williams had already filed his nominating petitions to run for his House seat, so he remained on both ballots. He declined to take his House seat when he won both elections simultaneously.
Williams is the Democratic chairman of the State Government Committee in the State Senate and is a member of the Education, Banking & Insurance, Finance, and Environmental Resources & Energy Committees, and the Life Sciences Caucus. Williams was elected Democratic Whip In January 2011.
Williams is the Ward Leader of the 3rd Ward Democratic Executive Committee. He also chairs the Philadelphia Democratic United Ward Leaders of Color, a group of ward leaders of color who represent various wards within the City of Philadelphia.