Anthony Williams

8th State Senate District

www.anthonyhwilliams.com

440 Church Lane
Yeadon, PA 19050
(610) 284-7335
 
Growing up, Anthony Hardy Williams never dreamed he’d one day hold elective office. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, he planned to use his economics degree to build a business and provide for his family.
 
He worked diligently on this plan. Beginning as an analyst, he rose to become a senior executive for PepsiCo, and eventually launch his own successful small business.
 
Then, his life took a drastic turn.
 
Anthony saw too many young people in his neighborhood negatively impacted by the gang violence that was increasing on neighborhood streets. He witnessed vibrant communities become hopeless and filled with fear. He saw the impact of the death of a young child, Marcus Yates, who was just 5 years old caught in the crossfire of a gun shooting in Southwest Philadelphia. He watched businesses close, neighbors lose their jobs, and opportunity fade across the city. Something needed to be done.
 
His father, the Honorable Hardy Williams was a pioneering independent community activist who not only worked diligently to address these issues but also brought people of diverse backgrounds together. He led others to support their community and taught many, the importance and methods of self and community empowerment.
 
At age 31, Anthony was determined to use the skills he learned from his father, and the skills he learned as an executive — the ability to bring people together to find solutions to a challenge, a management style that helps people develop their skills and do their best, and lead a community toward a common goal — to help his neighbors in Philadelphia.
 
His father, the Honorable Hardy Williams was a pioneering independent community activist who not only worked diligently to address these issues but also brought people of diverse backgrounds together. He led others to support their community and taught many, the importance and methods of self and community empowerment.
 
His community sent him to the Pennsylvania Legislature — first as state representative for the 191st District in 1988, then as state senator of the 8th District in 1998 — where Anthony prioritized and elevated the voices and needs of Philadelphia.