Spirits soared — and some dimmed — at election watch parties Tuesday night with the news that President Barack Obama had won a second term. Supporters celebrated a victorious end to a slog of a campaign that had dragged on for 18 long months.
This time around, remembering the name of your lawmakers in Washington shouldn’t be so hard. Unlike other recent election cycles, the cast of U.S. Senate and House incumbents representing the Philadelphia area remains unchanged.
Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts.
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.