Chaka Fattah Success Story
Chaka Fattah is a representative of the second Congressional District of Pennsylvania since 1995, and a Democratic member in the US House of Representatives. Previously, he was the Pennsylvania Senator, and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Chaka Fattah With Obama
Fattah’s district includes parts of the West, South and North Philadelphia, along with the Lower Merion Township of the Montgomery County.
Chaka is the adopted child of David and Falaka Fattah, community activists of West Philadelphia. His parents are, in fact, building ‘urban boys town’ through the House of Umoja, their organization. He has five brothers, and has lived in the same city all his life. He went to the Overbrook High School, and has a degree in MGA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Before Chaka joined the Congress, he served as a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives, for a period of six years, from 1982 to 1988. He has also been a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1988 to 1994. In 1994, he challenged Blackwell of Democratic primary, and defeated him with 86% votes. Since then, Chaka has reigned supreme in that seat.
In 1987, Fattah founded the Graduate Opportunity Initiative Conference, an annual 3-day scholarship and informational conference. This conference is dedicated to increasing the enrollment of under-represented students, graduating in Math, Engineering, Technology and Sciences. The other notable contributions of his, include Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, National Cooperative Development Act and the Benefit Bank, to mention a few.
He has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and received a certificate in Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governments.
Today, Chaka Fattah is serving the 11th term in the US House of Representatives.
In 2002, the Politics PA list named him among the Best Dressed Legislators, probably due to his superiority in Haberdashery. The ‘Time’ magazine has listed him among the top 50 most promising leaders of the nation.
Fattah has been married thrice, with Renee Chenault-Fattah being his current wife. They have one daughter, Chandler Fattah, and a stepdaughter from Renee. From his previous wives, he has one daughter and one son. In his leisure time, he likes to play golf, and is an enthusiastic biker.
Fattah has to his credit numerous awards; State Legislator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Public Interest Coalition, and the Simpson Fletcher Award for religion & race. He has received 10 honorary doctorates, in addition to the Fels Institute of Government Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Pennsylvania.
Outstanding Young Leader
Chaka Fattah Speech at the Coalition for Community Schools
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- Chaka Fattah
- Education :
- Community College of Philadelphia Pennsylvania,
Overbrook High School Philadelphia,
John F. Kennedy School of Government Massachusetts,
Fels Institute of Government Pennsylvania
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