Allow us to introduce Chris Rabb, the new Democratic state House member representing northwest neighborhoods in Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, and West Oak Lane.
The 46-year-old legislator is an author, educator, father of two sons (10 and 13), and Yale grad - with a master's degree from Penn. He's a Chicago native who's been in Philly 15 years. He's taught a business course at Temple based on his 2010 book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity.Continue reading »
Last January, on his second day in the legislature, Chris Rabb tore his ACL in a pickup B-ball game with staffers at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Omen? Harbinger of horrors to come? Sign he should turn around, head home to Philly?
“The next day, I was on the House floor in a wheelchair,” he says. “Because when you fall down, you get up. That’s what I do. I get up.”Continue reading »
Rabb says the federal government has failed to act on gun violence, so the state must take it upon itself to respond. He wants to coordinate with multiple state agencies to figure out how to establish a militia. More notably, however, establishing a militia under Rabb's proposal would mean enacting regulations on who could own certain firearms.Continue reading »
This past week State Rep. Chris Rabb, (D-Phila.), officially introduced a much-anticipated bill that would prevent local law enforcement from being compelled to comply with federal immigration enforcement.
Rabb also was recently elected leader of Philadelphia’s 9th Ward Democratic Committee, which includes all of Chestnut Hill and a portion of East and West Mt. Airy. He will assume those duties officially after the primary election on May 16.
The bill, HB 1302, was introduced as the Police and Community Safe Act and is intended to prevent Pennsylvania police from enforcing federal immigration orders on behalf of ICE.Continue reading »
Chris Rabb is something of an outsider, a unicorn in Pennsylvania’s political zoo.
He’s smart, thoughtful, and candid, and carries impressive credentials. Two Ivy League degrees. Worked in the U.S. Senate and for a White House small-business conference. Wrote a book on economics and taught at Temple’s business school.
So, naturally, when he ran as a Democrat for Northwest Philly’s 200th District House seat in last year’s primary, he wasn’t endorsed by party powers.
But his campaign stressed that people's representatives “should be elected, not selected.” And he won.Continue reading »
When I ask freshman Philadelphia State Rep. Chris Rabb what he thinks of the ongoing state budget impasse, he doesn’t exactly hold back.
“I would have to use words I don’t usually use in public,” he says. “It boggles the mind how dysfunctional this process is … I have a master’s degree [from Penn; he also has a degree from Yale] in organizational dynamics. That confers upon me the ability to smell dysfunction a mile away.”
Also, when legislation (HB 1416) was offered earlier this year to force the governor, his budget secretary, and legislative leaders to be sequestered in a room every day past the annual June 30 budget deadline until a resolution is reached, Rabb became a co-sponsor.
The legislation, naturally, went nowhere. But Rabb now says, “I’d put `em in a room without a bathroom.”Continue reading »