About Rep. Ed Neilson
Ed Neilson was first elected to PA House of Representatives in April 2012 and since being elected, Rep. Neilson and his team have hit the ground running, assisting almost 7,000 constituents with state issues in just 18 months. Rep. Ed Neilson has established a bi-partisan voting record and has proved that he can work with both Republicans and Democrats in Harrisburg to get things done.
Prior to his election, Ed Neilson served as Deputy Secretary of Labor in Governor Ed Rendell’s administration. While serving as Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Rendell administration, a position in which he managed a staff of 6,000 employees, Ed worked side by side for years with former State Representative Dennis O’Brien in securing funding and other assets for the people of Northeast Philadelphia.
As a lifelong union member, Ed understands the value of hard work and the sense of personal dignity it provides. During his tenure as a working union electrician and officer of IBEW Local 98, Ed managed many pro bono projects throughout the City of Philadelphia, among other charitable endeavors. That civic-minded spirit continues to this day. Ed is widely known and respected for his fighter’s spirit and his willingness to stand up for the forgotten working families of Philadelphia’s proud neighborhoods.
Ed is the face of the people he wants to represent in the City of Philadelphia – a proud parent, a loving spouse, a supportive coach, and a hard-working individual who believes that our communities deserve better.
A loving husband and father of five sons and a proud grandfather, Ed is an active leader in the civic life of his Northeast Philadelphia community, serving as a coach, Boy Scout leader, and mentor to the community’s youth.