Chelsea Clinton’s Jewish mother-in-law to run for Congress
USA Today Reports: Marjorie Margolies made it official Thursday and filed her papers to run for her old House seat in Pennsylvania next year.
In the world of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Pennsylvania Democrat is Chelsea’s mother-in-law. But the newly minted congressional candidate — better known as Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, her former married name — already has a spot in political history.
Margolies cast a decisive vote for Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget. Republicans chanted “Bye, Bye, Marjorie,” when she did and she was defeated for re-election the following year.
“My desire to serve today is rooted firmly in the very same belief I held when I first won this seat — a belief in the power of different voices in Congress to make a difference,” Margolies in a statement, reported by the PoliticsPA blog.
Margolies is running in Pennsylvania’s 13th District, which is based in suburban Philadelphia. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat, is vacating the seat to run for governor.
Margolies is the founder of Women’s Campaign International, a non-profit organization that works around the world to ensure women can participate in the development of public policy and provides advocacy training. She also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.
Marc Mezvinsky, the candidate’s son, married Chelsea Clinton in 2010. Margolies divorced her son’s father, former congressman Ed Mezvinsky, in 2007.