About Senator Wofford

Harris Wofford's beginings were as energetic and trailblazing as his work in public service. In 1937, Wofford got to see the world - his grandmother took him to Bethlehem, Shanghai, Rome, and India. This trip - especially Wofford's interest in Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent methods to bring Indian independence helped give him the ability to dream big.

Wofford took no time to begin working to bring about change - he helped found the Student Federalists, which would eventually merge into the Citizens for Global Solutions. Wofford quickly took upon the duty of serving the country - and the world, in the U.S Air Force during World War II.

Wofford always has fought for what is right - by the time the 1950s rolled around, he was already a supporter of the blossoming Civil Rights movement. By 1960, then-candidate John F. Kennedy was so impressed by his work, he was hired by the campaign to help the campaign. In fact, Wofford was the one who advised Kennedy to do the now-famous call to Dr. King's wife, which may have helped Kennedy win the narrow race.

Serving in the Kennedy administration, Wofford helped advance Civil Rights and form the Peace Corps to help people around the world in a variety of fields. After participating in the Selma to Montgomery marches, Wofford took a break from public service to work as President of multiple colleges, including Bryn Mawr College.

Of course, Wofford could never resist the calls to return to public service. Governor Casey appointed him as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Labor and Industry, which he served until tragedy struck. After the death of Senator Heinz, he was appointed to serve until a new election. Despite being down in the polls, Wofford was able to win the seat by a large margin. As Senator, Wofford has especially pushed to reform healthcare access, lower costs, and support peace abroad.