Philadelphia Delegation announces new leadership team

Cephas and Burgos elected chair and vice-chair; Kenyatta to serve as secretary/treasurer

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, former co-chair of the Legislative Women’s Health Caucus, has been elected chairperson of the Philadelphia Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a two-year term starting in the 2023-24 legislative session.

The delegation also elected Rep. Danilo Burgos as vice-chair and Rep. Malcom Kenyatta as secretary/treasurer.

Cephas said that she is looking forward to working with fellow members in the delegation to advance a strategic agenda for the city of Philadelphia.

“I feel honored to step into this new role, to be able to lead such a hardworking team. I’m ready to embrace the challenges that this position will bring,” Cephas said. “I can assure all Philadelphians that in this pivotal moment, we are aware of the complex issues impacting our communities, and we are going to keep furthering commonsense policy that can generate lasting impact for our city.”

She highlights priorities for the delegation to address include overwhelming gun violence rates, ongoing levels of high poverty, affordable housing, aging infrastructure, education funding, and access to care.

Burgos said he feels proud to assume his position in the delegation because it will help him amplify his voice on behalf of underserved residents of the community. 

“This is really a meaningful moment in my career as legislator; this not only means a personal achievement, but more importantly, this represents an advanced opportunity to help our community, with special emphasis in the Hispanic population,” he said.

“Often, we see agendas that do not take into consideration our needs as Latinos; I am committed to changing this alongside this remarkable group of colleagues,” Burgos said.

Kenyatta welcomed the fact that he is able to continue working with the delegation for the benefit of Philadelphia.

“I am excited to remain in the leadership of the House Philadelphia Delegation and look forward to working with city officials and my colleagues in Harrisburg to address issues affecting Philadelphia, such as gun violence, lowering costs for seniors and bringing resources back home,” Kenyatta said.

A photo of the delegation is available for download here.