Meet Joseline

A Proven Fighter for Working Families

I have fought for Maryland’s values of fairness and inclusiveness, and to build a stronger community – even when it is not easy. I’m going to keep fighting for fairness in Congress.

I know you share my deep disappointment with Congress these days. It will not be easy to fix, but we’ve got to step up to the task. I rolled up my sleeves and did the hard work to get more than 50 bills into law in Maryland — important laws that protect people against discrimination, improve health care, protect the Chesapeake Bay, fund our public schools, and promote sustainable transportation. I did it by listening to my constituents, talking to stakeholders from all sides, and building coalitions of supporters who back reasonable solutions. I will do the same for you in Congress.

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A Community Leader

As a young lawyer, I represented abused and neglected children.  Later, I helped keep our community safe as a prosecutor in Eric Holder’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Since 2007, I’ve represented parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland’s General Assembly.  I want to be your Congresswoman because I love public service – I’ve done it my whole life.

A Mother

My husband and I have three kids at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  As a child, I was raised by my grandparents and later by my single mom, who worked in a garment factory and at other jobs.  The support of my extended family made all the difference to me.  Working families work hard to provide for themselves and I know that making ends meet is often a struggle for many.  I’ll fight to give our families and our children a fair chance to succeed.

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Meet Joseline

I have fought for Maryland’s values of fairness and inclusiveness, and to build a stronger community – even when it is not easy. I’m going to keep fighting for fairness in Congress.

I know you share my deep disappointment with Congress these days. It will not be easy to fix, but we’ve got to step up to the task. I rolled up my sleeves and did the hard work to get more than 50 bills into law in Maryland — important laws that protect people against discrimination, improve health care, protect the Chesapeake Bay, fund our public schools, and promote sustainable transportation. I did it by listening to my constituents, talking to stakeholders from all sides, and building coalitions of supporters who back reasonable solutions. I will do the same for you in Congress.

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Joseline Peña-Melnyk is the toughest progressive fighter for Congress, ready to stand up to big corporations and Republican extremists. Because of her family and yours…

…She took on the NRA and led the fight to pass historic gun control legislation

… She stood up to corporate special interests to fight for a minimum wage increase and fought to protect families from home foreclosure

…She fought for equal pay for equal work and she’ll protect Planned Parenthood and women’s health from right-wing Republican attacks

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Years Representing Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties

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Citizens in Maryland's 4th Congressional District

Your Problems
Matter to Me

The Laurel Leader recognized my “compassionate constituent service” and my “advocacy for the disadvantaged”.    I don’t take no for an answer.

“Joseline is a dynamic leader because she listens. She is actively striving to hear our concerns.”Pat Thornbers | Laurel, Maryland

Civil Service


Joseline is a proven fighter for working families. She has represented both Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland’s General Assembly since 2007. During her tenure, Joseline has sponsored legislation to increase the Maryland minimum wage, expand opportunities for minority businesses, broaden the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, crack down on mortgage fraud, and create state apprenticeship and workforce development programs in our secondary schools and community colleges.


Education


Joseline graduated from Buffalo State College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and earned her Juris Doctor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Legal Career


Joseline pursued a successful legal career, serving as a defense attorney before becoming a prosecutor in Eric Holder’s United States Attorney’s Office. She also served as a court-appointed advocate for neglected and abused children. Joseline was elected to two terms on the College Park City Council before being elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2006, and being reelected in 2010 and 2014.

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