C70 President and CEO, David Thornburgh invites you to attend an upcoming public meeting of the PA Redistricting Reform Commission, an advisory body created by Governor Tom Wolf.
Commission members are tasked with studying best practices in redistricting and hearing from Pennsylvanians from around the Commonwealth. The Commission will issue a report with recommendations on nonpartisan redistricting practices to the Governor and General Assembly in August 2019.
Seventy has long supported a more fair and open process for redistricting. Court rulings that re-drew the congressional maps have not fixed the flawed process that produced them, and the existing structure for drawing state legislative maps lacks transparency, 21st-century mechanisms for public input or a clear sense of the values by which the maps are drawn.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend Commission meetings. To share your thoughts on the Pennsylvania redistricting process directly to the Commission, be sure to register on site at one of the following sessions. Click here to learn more about the Commission.
Members of the public are strongly encouraged to submit feedback through the following survey:
- A feedback form available through the Governor’s website. This survey includes three open-response questions around personal experiences with redistricting, who should draw maps, and what criteria should be prioritized.
- A quantitative survey created by Commission member Dr. Lee Ann Banaszak. This fill-in-the-bubble survey should take approximately 7-10 minutes.
Thursday, April 4th from 4 to 7 p.m.
First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania
201 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701
Thursday, April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Blasco Memorial Library
160 E Front St., Erie, PA 16507
Thursday, May 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Simmons Auditorium
5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Thursday, May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Penn State Berks Perkins Student Center
1801 Broadcasting Rd., Reading, PA 19610
Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.
PSU-Altoona Devorris Downtown Center
1431 12th Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
Tuesday May 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tindley Temple United Methodist
750 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Wednesday, May 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Northampton Community College Alumni Hall
3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Wilkes University Henry Student Center
84. W South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Wednesday, June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Keystone Building, Hearing Room 1
400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120
David Thornburgh - Chair
David Thornburgh is currently President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit and nonpartisan good government group. Recently, he launched Draw the Lines PA, a statewide public mapping competition that equips citizens with the digital tools to draw political maps.
Before Seventy, Thornburgh was Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. There, he created a national Public Policy Challenge student competition in partnership with Governing magazine. Previous to Fels, he served as Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, where he co-founded Graduate! Philadelphia to encourage adults to complete a college degree, and also Campus Philly to increase the magnetic pull of the Philadelphia region for college graduates. Earlier, he was Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, where he founded The Enterprise Center, a nationally-recognized business accelerator for minority entrepreneurs, and co-founded the Philadelphia 100, an annual celebration of the region’s fastest-growing new companies.
Thornburgh has a BA in political science from Haverford College and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. He is the second son of former PA Governor and US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
Lee Ann Banaszak
Lee Ann Banaszak received her PhD from Washington University in 1989. Her primary research interests are in comparative political behavior, social movements, and women and politics. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies and Public Opinion Quarterly, and her books include Why Movements Succeed or Fail (Princeton University Press), The Women's Movement Inside and Outside the State and Women's Movements Facing the Reconfigured State edited with Karen Beckwith and Dieter Rucht (both Cambridge University Press). She came to Penn State in 1994 from Iowa State University.