Lindsey Williams SD-38

Williams fought for her rights, and won, after being fired for trying to organize a union in her workplace

Lindsey Williams

PA SD-38

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2018 Result: Williams wins by less than 600 votes (50% to 50%)

Lindsey Williams is running for State Senate in Pennsylvania's SD-38, where Democrats need to pick up just one seat in order to break a Republican supermajority in the upper chamber. This district north of Pittsburgh was represented by a liberal Democrat for more than a decade until Republicans used the redistricting process in 2011 to alter the voter makeup inside district lines. The 2018 election is a great opportunity to right this wrong.

Williams gained national attention after being fired for trying to unionize her workplace; Williams fought her termination with a successful lawsuit filed with the National Labor Relations Board. She was raised in a labor union household and has continued that work in her professional career for the United Steelworkers, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and in her current role as communications director for the Pittsburg Federation of Teachers. Williams holds a JD from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Republican Jeremy Shaffer defeated an incumbent Republican in the May Primary Election by running to the right of State Sen. Randy Vulakovich.

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Lindsay William (D)

Jeremy Shaffer (R)

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State Senate

2014: Unopposed


2016: D+0.49

2012: R+6.38



Pennsylvania State Senate District 38 sits just north of the Pittsburgh metro area and is a highly-diverse district. This Western Pennsylvania district was carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and became a stronger pickup opportunity after a moderate Republican incumbent lost a Primary Election to a right-wing challenger.

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